It is the most wonderful time of the year. Families in long island are getting ready for the holidays, as i drive around Suffolk County, i can feel the spirit of the holidays, and it is everywhere, in school, at mall, on the streets, even at work. The malls are crowded with people shopping Presents for their loved ones. Also decorations all over the island are found. Houses light up from the top of the roof to the very last corner of the front yard.
December is a holiday season there other several holidays such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, winter solstice, festivus among other some of these are religious and some are secular whatever the case maybe they all make December a very special month even for non catholic.
December is a special time for people who have different traditions, and different faith. The ones with non are not excluded at either.
Hanukkah which is known as the festive of lights, it is an eight day Jewish holiday. It celebrates the dedication during the second century BC of the second temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian Opressors in the Maccabean revolt. Hanukkah means dedication in Hebrew and it starts the 25 of kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December.(wikitpedia)
Kwanzaa celebrate family community and culture he was created in 1966 to bring African American community together he begins December 26 anything and generally first and he was based on building strong families.
Winter solstice easy time in which Sun appears at noon I love with altitude above the horizon and usually happens December 21st 2 December 22nd every year.
Festivus which is a secular holiday celebrated on December 23rd as an alternative to Christmas what is a way to celebrate without being part of the pressure of commercialism you was created for first appeared on December 1897 on the strike episode of “The stein field”. Ever since many people just felt inspired and now celebrate it.
To this bunch of holidays lets add New Years, which is the end of a year and the begin of a new one.
With so many celebrations no wonder December is the most wonderful time of the year, no matter what you celebrate as long as filled with love and peace.
By Mary Luz Alpizar