Twenty-Five Days of Christmas – Alternate Views

1 – Hanukkah (Jewish) also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-dayJewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE, Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

There are now three Adam Sandler Hanukkah song! Yes I only linked one!

26 – Kwanzaa (African-American – Dec. 26, 2009 – Jan 1, 2010) is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal African heritage and culture, marked by participants lighting a kinara (candle holder).

6 – St. Nicholas Day (International) is the canonical and most popular name for Nikolaos of Myra, a saint and Greek Bishopof Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose English name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as is common for early Christian saints. In 1087, his relics were furtively translated to Bari, in southeastern Italy; for this reason, he is also known as Nikolaos of Bari. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek folklore to Basil of Caesarea. Basil’s feast day on 1 January is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece.

8 – Bodhi Day – Buddha’s Enlightenment (Buddhist)

7 – Al Hijra – Muslim New Year

The Muslim New Year is a cultural event which some Muslims partake on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic Calendar. The Muslim New Year has no religious significance, but still many Muslims use the day to remember the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the Hijra to the city now known as Medina.

12 – Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico)

13 – Santa Lucia Day (Sweden) In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. It is one of the few saint days observed in Scandinavia. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each.

(gotta give props to the artist http://www.worth1000.com/artists/Tygerson  If you’ve never checked out worth1000 worth the visity)

16 – Ashura (Islamic, Muslim) 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram.

16-25 – Las Posadas (Mexico) A nine-day celebration with origins in Spain beginning December 16 and ending December 25. It is a yearly tradition for many Catholic Mexicans and some other Latin Americans and symbolizes the trials which Mary and Joseph endured before finding a place to stay where Jesus could be born, based on the passage in the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke (2:1-9).

25 – Christmas (Christian, Roman Catholic, International)

That’s what the rest of the month is about, not here!

26 – Boxing Day (Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and many others)

The traditional recorded celebration of Boxing Day has long included giving money and other gifts to those who were needy and in service positions. The European tradition has been dated to the Middle Ages, but the exact origin is unknown and there are some claims that it goes back to the late Roman/early Christian era; metal boxes placed outside churches were used to collect special offerings tied to the Feast of Saint Stephen.

Happy Holidays to all!

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