In 1620, a group of people from England decided to come to the New World to avoid religious persecution, setting the tone for future immigration. A few years later, the first Jews arrived in New Amsterdam for the same reason, followed by countless religious minorities.
America is a beacon for those seeking religious freedoms, as people are free to participate in cultural and religious celebrations that they hold dear, without fear of persecution. So many have made America their home in the name of freedom. Whatever celebration you participate in, be it Channukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or other festivity, be grateful and give thanks for the freedom you have to do so as an American citizen.