Both you and the international student living in your home can learn about the other’s traditions and values. This is especially true during the holidays.d
Celebrating Your Holidays
Your family probably has some holiday traditions that they celebrate every year. These may be religious, secular or a combination of both.
Whatever your international student’s religious or cultural background, there’s no reason to change the way your family celebrates the holidays. You aren’t going to offend your guest by celebrating your religious or cultural heritage. In fact, they are likely to be very interested in learning more about it, as it may be entirely new to them.
Celebrating Their Holidays
At the same time, there’s no reason why your international student shouldn’t celebrate their own holidays just because the are away from home. Encourage your guest to teach you more about their traditions so you can learn and participate as well.
Inclusive Holidays, Not Exclusive
The holidays are a time for families and friends to get together and share good times, good food, and their cultural and religious heritage.
While your international student is staying in your home, treat them as part of your family. Whatever you would do for your own children — buying gifts, including them in the holiday festivities, helping in the preparation of feasts, even watching football on TV — you should include your guest in as well.
Be aware of cultural differences. But rather than being afraid or ignorant of them, make an effort to learn more and make your guest aware that you want to celebrate their holiday traditions as much as your own. The result is often a memorable holiday that can be enjoyed by all.