One of this year’s biggest Christmas shoots was to portray a bastardised version of Christmas. So many people now are finding partners and developing families across different cultures and religions. I was just at my oldest son’s school’s Christmas celebration and the religious aspect of Christmas was non-existent due to the multiple nationalities that attend the school. If you look at history, religions’ intolerance for other religions or beliefs is well documented. It can only be a good thing that the grass root (you and me) join forces and show our new generation how to be tolerant and accept different cultures and religions.
In this case I photographed Tanya Gold, a journalist of Jewish upbringing together with a British Christian husband Andrew and their child Artie. Jewish seasonal celebration for this time of year is Hanukkah and British Christian celebration is Christmas. Not the same day of celebration or even the same reasons for celebrating, yet they are both celebrations that are characteristic for this time of year. Both Christmas and Hanukkah put emphasis on light (candles) and food (winter foods). And – both religions now have a characteristic Christmas/Hanukkah jumper. A jumper is the essence of any religion of course. So, in the need of a name for this shoot we thought we would call it Christmukkah! A name that can symbolise winter, festivities, celebration, family time but most of all a name that can be the sign of a peaceful partnership cross religions. John Lennon said it best when he said: “Imagine!”
So whatever you celebrate this time of year, religious or atheist , let the foundation of your celebration be Love and Peace. And let those two founding words be what you share with the ones you love. Happy ‘Whateveryouwanttocallit’!!!