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Available Expert - Celebrating the Christmas season

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Celebrating the Christmas season

A number of Queen's University experts are available to comment on topics relating to the holiday season. Topics will cover a wide range of areas, including family dynamics, spirituality, physical health and Christianity.

Queen’s University expert Galen Watts is available to comment on how the millennial generation understands and practices spirituality.

“Of course, the holidays are often presented in advertisements and popular culture as a time of joy and laughter, yet for many this is not the reality,” says Mr. Watts. “The holidays are often a time of great sorrow and loneliness, especially for those who have lost friends, are dealing with family troubles, or are suffering with mental illness. The disjunction between our culture of positivity and many people's actual feelings can make the holidays all that much more difficult to endure. This is another reason why the holidays can have great spiritual significance for some; the opportunity to face one's suffering or help with another’s is central to many young Canadians’ understanding of the spiritual.

“For many, the holidays allow individuals the opportunity to cultivate what is most important to them, whether that be their relationships or their inner life. In other words, despite the secularization of our society, for many young Canadians, the holidays remain a sacred time of year.”

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