If you’re like some people, you think the holiday season is all about gifts, potlucks, and family traditions that have been passed down through the generations. But some people seem to forget that religion is at the core of the experience for a lot of other people. So why not take some of your time this holiday season to learn about religion?
Use the technology available on mobile apps. Read online publications. Talk to people. Maybe even go to church! Even if you’re not a member of a particular domination, there’s nothing wrong with going to see what it is that other people do to celebrate the holidays from a religious standpoint.
You can download religious apps to get a quick brief about different cultures and spiritual dogma. With a quick search, you can find all sorts of high-quality applications that will give you history, symbology, references, and resources about whatever topic you’re interested in. Having the world’s information at your fingertips, why not use it to learn how other people are celebrating the holidays? Even a few minutes a day will make you a much more cultured person, and give you a broader view of reality as it stands.
You can read religious blogs to learn about their celebrations as well. Some of them are very poorly put together, admittedly, and are very difficult to navigate. But if you look for the ones that are designed with user experience in mind, you can enter a fascinating digital realm. If religion is not something that you typically research online, you may be amazed to see what sort of high-quality resources are available. Not every preacher is a web designer, but when religion and online technology do meet up, the results are quite enlightening.
Talking To People
Talking to people about religion is not always the most comfortable thing to do. But, as long as you approach it with an open mind, you can potentially learn something. If you talk to people of a different culture or religion with the purpose of trying to get them to see your perspective, you may be disappointed. However, if you talk to them with the intention of learning, you can gain a lot quickly.
Going To Church
There is a large segment of the Christian population that go church on Christmas and Easter. While this is a good social experience, there’s a limited amount of learning that goes on just during those two days. With all religions, there are a few days that make people do something to see and be seen or remember some core aspect of their history. But if you want to learn about religion really, make sure that you expand your comfort zone and go to church beyond those two occasions.