Archive for December 24th, 2010

Did You Know? Countdown to Christmas (12/24)

Friday, December 24th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Christmas

Dec 24 : Christmas Eve

Did you know that the night before Christmas has as many unique traditions as it does people who celebrate it?

Throughout Europe and in many last-minute American homes, too, families gather to “deck the halls” and set up their Christmas tree. There is the tradition of lighting bayberry candles on Christmas Eve and reciting the verse: “Bayberry candles burned to the socket, puts luck in the home, food in the larder, and gold in the pocket.” Midnight Mass is also part of many Roman Catholics and Anglicans Christmas Eve celebration.

And for many families, Christmas Eve also marks the late-night arrival of Santa Claus. Children leave out milk and cookies before they go to bed, for Santa and his reindeer to enjoy. Many countries throughout the world open presents on Christmas Eve. While in the US it is more common to open gifts on Christmas morning.

Did you know that the Italian tradition of the Feast of Seven Fishes is a celebration of the birth of the baby Jesus?

In his honor, many Roman Catholics do not eat meat on Christmas Eve, enjoying instead a feast of seven seafood and shellfish dishes. The number seven signifies the number of days in which G-d created the universe. The Feast of Seven Fishes tradition originated in southern Italy and is still practiced there today, as well as by many Italian American families.

Christmas is the Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, and is a central part of the winter holiday season. Although traditionally a Christian holiday, Christmas is widely celebrated worldwide by many non-Christians.

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 Friday December 24, Christmas Saturday December 25.

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2010 Video Advent Calendar: December 24th

Friday, December 24th, 2010

A Holiday Video Countdown to Christmas – Day 24

"Libera singing Silent Night"

December 24, 2010: Christmas Eve

You can check out a new holiday video each day right here or check out our Advent Calendar each day.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Kwanzaa (12/24)

Friday, December 24th, 2010

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Kwanzaa

Dec 24 : 02 days till Kwanzaa

Did you know that the name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits of the harvest“?

During the holiday of Kwanzaa, many people exchange greetings in Swahili. A common greeting is “Habari Gani,” which is Swahili for “What’s the News.”

Did you know that on the last full day of Kwanzaa celebrants enjoy a large feast?

This feast, called karamu, is the high point of the holiday.

Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st.

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(December 24) Today we’re celebrating. . . Christmas Eve

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Christmas Eve
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even that louse…y brother-in-law.

Well that’s not quite how the story goes. And since it’s Christmas Eve – here are the real words to A Visit from Saint Nicholas by Clement Clark Moore.

A Visit from Saint Nicholas
Clement Clark Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

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