The Winter Solstice is a time of celebration in almost every culture and part of the world -- whether in the Southern or Northern Hemisphere. As a person with an Indian ancestry, I have always been amazed at the diversity of traditions in India alone.
There's no denying that we all enjoy the universals of celebrations -- the good food, the family members getting together and sharing embarrassing stories -- but a holiday with different customs can be unpleasant without some effort to be a part of it.
At Thanksgiving, my house today is as confusing, chaotic and lively as my childhood. But it's not "turkey day." Traditionally, we make lasagna. I'm not sure how that started. But it's perfect: an Italian dish, a Hindu cook, an American table.