Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah & Happy Kwanzaa, everyone! Hanukkah began on December 20th, Kwanzaa starts on December 26th and Christmas is on December 25th. We all have so much to celebrate this year and whatever holiday you’re celebrating, take the time to spend your holiday with those who mean the most to you. Truly celebrate the season and the magic of the holidays together. I thought I would honor the holidays this year by researching a little bit about each of the holidays we’ll be celebrating as we go into the New Year. Read up and understand why we celebrate these magical holidays…
Christmas – Observed since 1870, Christmas is most known as a Christian holiday, however has widely become a worldwide cultural and commercial event celebrated by the religious and non-religious as well. Traditions are passed on from generation to generation as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who formed the basis of our Christian religion. Customs include exchanging of gifts, decorating of the Christmas tree, baking, attending church services, gathing with family and friends and of course, anticipating the arrival of Santa Clause on Christmas Eve night.
Hanukkah – Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, is a Jewish celebration lasting eight days which commemorates the re dedication of the Holy Second Temple in Jerusalem during the 2nd century. Hanukkah starts on the 25th day of Kislev which features the lighting of the Menorah each evening, music, reciting of the blessings and gatherings with family and friends. Children may receive gifts each night during Hanukkah.
Kwanzaa – Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa was brought forth after the Watts riots in LA as an effort to unite African Americans together in their community. This celebration combines those from ancient harvest celebrations of the Ashanti and Zulu. The name Kwanzaa comes from the phrase, “matunda ya kwanza” which interprets to “first fruits”. Kwanzaa traditions include story telling, African songs and dances, drum playing, poem reading and family gatherings. A candle ceremony each evening proposes the opportunity to discuss the meaning and principles of Kwanzaa.
No matter where you are in the world this holiday weekend, or what holiday you’re celebrating, be sure to spread wishes of peace, love, joy and spirit to others. If you’ve missed out on sending your holiday cards this year, there is still time to order New Years Greeting cards, which can be sent out during the entire month of January. Or, be a little different this year and send out an international holiday greeting card so that you can embrace and celebrate each of the cultures that you and your friends celebrate this time of year. Our global holiday cards happen to have some of my favorite designs this year which feature birds of peace, electric designs of the world spinning on it’s axis and country flags strung together to create a ribbon of good wishes.
All of us at InvitationBox.com would like to wish you a very happy, safe and fun holiday weekend!