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It can be fun to throw a holiday party for the people you know. It isn’t as enjoyable if the theme of the gathering conflicts with how some attendees feel about this time of year.

Depending on the circumstances involved, some people can even feel unhappy or left out of the event. 

Emotions are often high during the holidays. If you forget to include someone’s beliefs, it can feel like a personal attack. That’s why taking these steps to have non-denominational people can create a better event.

1. Show Appreciation for Everyone

If you’re not inclusive, the people who get left out feel invisible. The fact is that over 20% of Americans have no religious identity. About 8% follow practices that fall outside of the traditional Christmas celebration. When you try to show your appreciation to everyone, it’ll bring people together.

2. Be Open-Minded

People personalize their religious beliefs to the extent that it defines who they are. That’s why ignoring their perspective often leads to conflict. When you play festivities with an open mind, you allow everyone to have fun while letting their faith drive the way.

3. Have a Diverse Planning Committee

You can avoid missteps by incorporating people with different beliefs for a holiday event. It’s still essential to remember that some people still celebrate differently, even if they share some spiritual attributes.

4. Avoid Scheduling Mistakes

It helps to have an interfaith calendar available to avoid scheduling problems. You won’t get many people for a Christmas party if most of your office is Jewish or celebrates Bodhi Day and that’s when the event happens.

5. Make It Voluntary

Some people don’t celebrate holidays, even with heavy spiritual influences. Others might be grieving because they miss a loved one during this time. If attendance is optional, it won’t feel like you’re forcing something on someone.

Some people will find offense with any choice. When you work to include others in your holiday events, you’ll find that there are fewer headaches to manage. This principle of inclusion applies to other holiday seasons as well. 

Scott Larson