Winter Holiday Traditions

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Sammie Bourland, Reporter

During the winter season, many different holidays are celebrated. These include Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival celebrating the recovery of Jerusalem at the beginning of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is celebrated through eight days, in which, gifts are given, candles are lit, and families are brought together. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on November 28th and ends on December 6th.

Christmas is a Christian holiday celebrated on the 25th of December. This is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. On this day, little ones wake up to gifts from family members and Santa Claus beneath a lit tree. Christmas is a day where families come together, give gifts, and go to church to pray and celebrate the birth of their lord.

Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrating the African-American culture. It is held for six days and is a celebration of life and spirituality. This year it lands on December 26th and runs through January 1st. During Kwanzaa, families come together, give gifts, cook, and light candles to honor their ancestors.

All in all, many different groups celebrate in many different ways for many different reasons. Each one of these traditions is unique and spiritual in their own way.

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