Yes, it really is December, a month for shopping, planning, partying, and attending religious, social, and cultural events. It begins too soon after Thanksgiving and ends with a bang as it ushers in a new year. It is a season unto itself, one filled with excitement, symbols, customs, reflection, and a general sense of good will.
Four major celebrations occur during December, both secular and religious (or a combination of the two), and include the following:
December 16--24. Hanukkah. This Festival of Lights is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean revolt in the second century BCE. The festival is observed by the lighting of the candles on a nine-branched menorah, and it is customary to give children one gift each night. Although a relatively minor holiday in the Jewish calendar; its closeness to Christmas has brought greater attention to it in the U.S.
December 25. Christmas is a Christian holy day which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and is typically celebrated on December 25th. Although originally a purely religious event, Christmas has also become a very popular social holiday with an emphasis on decorated trees, Santa Claus, exchange of presents, and caroling, Varied Christmas traditions abound throughout the Western world. Click here for a wide range of Christmas customs.
December 26--January 1. Kwanzaa. Neither political nor religious, Kwanzaa was created in the 1960’s to foster pride and unity among African-Americans. A week -long celebration honoring universal African-American heritage, family life, and culture, it features candle lighting, feasting, and gift giving.
December 31. New Year’s Eve is a social holiday observed annually on December 31st. In modern societies New Year's Eve is often celebrated at festive gatherings which generally extend through midnight of January 1st. The dropping of the ball in Times Square in New York City and the singing of Auld Lang Syne are symbolic of this holiday in the U.S.
Interested in adding one more red-letter day to the month? How about the buying or selling of a home? Because the real estate market generally slows down in December, our Realtors have extra time to devote to helping you and will gladly work around your busy schedules. Give yourself a gift and allow us to assist you in finding yet another reason to celebrate!