Archive for December 18th, 2009

And On the Eight and Final Night of Chanukah My True Love Gave to Me . . . 

Friday, December 18th, 2009

. . .  some hope!

A Chanukah Video Highlight

Yes We Can Chanukah

December 18, 2009:
The 8th and final Night of Chanukah

Chabad put out a series of promotional videos for Chanukah 2008 that were inspired by the “Yes We Can” video created Will.I.Am (which in turn was inspired by a speech given by Barack Obama). It seems each Chabad center had their own version. This version is for Chabad Poway (Ca). Other versions included Chabad Malibu (Ca) and Chabad Stony Brook (NY)

And even though these are from a year ago I felt that they were very inspiring and a great way to finish up Chanukah 2009. With a little “Hope.”

Lyrics after the jump…


Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas 2009 (12/18)

Friday, December 18th, 2009


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 18 : 07 days till Christmas

Did you know that the tradition of indoor Christmas trees began in Germany?

German Christians would bring an evergreen tree into their homes and decorate it with lit candles. The Christmas tree tradition spread to the rest of Europe thanks to Prince Albert, the German-born husband of Queen Victoria, who decorated the first English Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1841.

German immigrants to the United States introduced Americans to the Christmas tree, which was initially met with much skepticism. By the late 1800s, however, the tree had become an accepted and beloved symbol of the Christmas season.

Christmas is the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and is a central part of the winter holiday season. In Christianity the holiday marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days. And although traditionally a Christian holiday, Christmas is widely celebrated worldwide by many non-Christians.

Popular holiday customs include the playing of seasonal music, gift-giving, the exchange of greeting cards, observing special church celebrations and masses. The display of holiday decorations are common; including Christmas trees, indoor and outdoor lights, garlands, mistletoe, and nativity scenes.

Santa Claus, a popular mythological figure, is also an important part of the celebration and is associated with the bringing of gifts for children.

Join us for a new Did You Know holiday fact each day as we countdown to Christmas. This year Christmas Eve will be celebrated Thursday December 24, Christmas Friday December 25.

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(December 18) Today we're observing . . .  UN International Migrants Day

Friday, December 18th, 2009

United Nations International Migrants Day
A day to bring attention to the important contributions migrant workers make, their effect on the global economy and the lack of rights that are afforded these workers.

photo credit: via flickr

(December 18) Today we're observing. . .  Muharram 1

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Muharram 1 (Islamic New Year)
Today is the first month of the Islamic calendar and the start of the new year. (began last night at sundown)

2009 Video Advent Calendar: December 18th

Friday, December 18th, 2009

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 18

"Playing George Winston’s Variations on the Kanon (by Pachelbel)"

December 18, 2009: 07 Days Till Christmas

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