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					Christmas
 Holiday
Beliefs &
Traditions
 African
American
 Holiday

Kwanzaa


Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday. It
does not replace Christmas.
Kwanzaa began in 1966. African Americans, black
 people, wanted to have a celebration that would
        remember the harvests of Africa.
         December 26 - December 31st
GREEN   The land of Africa; hope


BLACK   Color of the African race
        Blood shed by African
RED
        ancestors




             Hand made gifts are given
             as presents.
A Jewish
Holiday
Hanukkah
  Star of David
  a symbol of
    Judaism




A long time ago, Jews went to a church called a
temple. Inside was an oil lamp that was always lit
and never was allowed to go out. One day there
was only enough oil to keep the lamp burning for
one day.
Wow, the lights burned
for eight days until
new oil was brought.




                     To remember this miracle
                     one candle of the Menorah,
                     an eight branched candle, is
                     lit for each of the eight days
                     of Hanukkah.
Gifts and Games

Children play with a Dreidel, a
wooden toy.




                          Children are given
                          money as gifts during
                          Hanukkah.
Christian
 Holiday
 Jesus’
Birthday
            A woman named Mary and her
            husband Joseph had to go to the town
            of Bethlehem. She was going to have
            a baby. There was no place for them
            to stay, so an inn keeper said they
            could stay in his stable, a place for
            animals, like a barn. There she had
            the baby and they named him Jesus.
Men who watch
sheep, called
shepherds, saw a
bright star and
followed it and found
the baby Jesus.



                        Kings from far away saw
                        the bright star and
                        followed it to see Jesus.
                        They brought gifts of gold,
                        frankincense, and myrrh.
Christians believe this
man named Jesus is
God’s son.




                          Many churches worship
                          Him around the world.
Mexico
Feliz
Navidad
                       Starting December
                      16, there are 9 days
                           of parades.




People reenact the
time when Mary &
Joseph were
looking for a place
to stay.
                             After the parade, piñatas are
                             busted open that are filled with
                             peanuts in the shell, oranges,
                             tangerines, candy canes, and
                             wrapped hard candy .




The Piñata was made out of a
clay pot and decorated with
crepe paper in different colors.
Today's piñatas are made out of
cardboard and paper mache and
decorated with crepe paper.
                    At midnight the birth of
                    Christ is announced
                    with fireworks, ringing
                    bells and blowing
                    whistles.




Many go to church
and then go home
to a huge
traditional
Mexican dinner.
 On January 6th
 Mexican children
open presents, not
  Christmas day.




                     They believe The Three Kings
                     brought the presents to the Baby
                     Jesus. So The Kings bring
                     presents to the boys and girls
                     who have been good. The
                     children place their shoes by the
                     window, the Kings place the
                     present in the shoe.
 Poinsettia

A favorite
plant in
Mexico which
is now also
seen and
enjoyed in the
USA.
United States
Christmas
The Christmas
     Tree

         Many people
         will put a
         Christmas
         tree in their
         home. Some
         trees are real
         and some are
         fake trees.

             The trees are decorated with
             ornaments and lights.
 Candy Cane
   History
               Idea 1
Others believe that the candy
cane is in the shape of the letter
“J” for Jesus. It is in the shape of
the shepherds’ hook, symbolic of
Jesus the “Good Shepherd.”

Some say the white of the candy
cane represents the purity of                       Idea 2
Jesus. The bold red stripe             Some believe the candy came
represents God’s love. The three       started when a choir director
fine stripes are said by some to       gave the candy to the children
represent the Holy Trinity: the        during the program to keep
Father, the Son, and the Holy          them quiet and curved so they
Spirit.                                would hang on the tree.
Santa Clause
Santa wears a red suit
and a white beard. He
delivers the presents
on Christmas eve.


                         Santa Claus, wife, elves,
                         and reindeer live in the
                         north pole. There they
                         make toys and presents for
                         the good girls and boys.
Santa rides in a sleigh
pulled by eight
reindeer. He comes
down the chimney and
fills the stockings with
presents.
Mistletoe
The plant is seen as a symbol of
peace, and Romans say that enemies
would met under mistletoe and would
lay down their weapons and hug.




                                         Note: Real mistletoe is
                                         poisonous. Do Not eat it

Scandanavians say it is a symbol of the goddess of love. Love means
kissing and so the custom of kissing under the mistletoe. Those who
kissed under the mistletoe had the promise of happiness and good luck
in the following year.
The
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