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Dec. 10, 2021

Season 5, Episode 15: The 2020 Holiday Special

Season 5, Episode 15: The 2020 Holiday Special

Welcome to the Counter Narrative Podcast, a show designed to change the way we talk, and think, about education. By sharing stories of successes and triumphs, we aim to challenge the dominant narrative that often negatively portrays our disenfranchised populations.

I’m your host, Charles Williams. An urban educator for more than 15 years, a current school principal in Chicago, an educational consultant, an equity advocate, and the co-host of Inside The Principal’s Office.


This episode was originally supposed to be an interview with my friend and colleague, Lee Hole, an international educator currently stationed in Cambodia. Unfortunately, during the last few minutes of the episode, my computer glitched and I lost everything. So instead of that delightful conversation, I will be sharing with you a rerun of last year's holiday special as we prepare for this year's episode. 

Here's the intro for that episode...

This is a special episode for a special day. See, I don’t know when you’re actually listening to this episode but I can tell you that today, well the original air date, is December 25th, Christmas Day. And for that reason, I wanted to do a little something different.

Now, and I feel that I need to say this before someone attempts to get politically correct, my original intention was to showcase various holidays and their respective traditions. However, when called upon for support, these individuals graciously stepped forward and offered to lend their voices to this special episode. It just so happened that each of them celebrated Christmas.

This episode features some of my friends as we reflect on what Christmas means to us, recall some our fondest Christmas memories, and share how we carry on traditions today. I can honestly say that I had a great time recording this session as we laughed, and cried while not only growing closer together but realizing those innate connections that exist within all of humankind. Whether it was the receiving of deodorant, the baking of cookies, the creation of new experiences, or simply spending time with loved ones, Christmas, whether you celebrate it or not transcends its religious foundation and instead embraces a single concept - love.

Well, you’re not here to listen to the intro. No … you came for the episode. Before I transition you over, I would like to wish all of my listeners a very Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukah, or whatever holiday you celebrate. May you all find yourselves in the comfort of your loved ones, whether in person or virtually.

I look forward to connecting with all of you in the new year.


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