Happy Holidays are all-inclusive — for everyone. People find many different reasons to celebrate during the holiday season. Christianity and Judaism celebrate their own festivities — Christmas and Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. In countries all over the world, people have adopted the Santa Claus fantasy as a special time to share joy and give presents, especially to children. And then there’s even the commercial parody celebration called Festivus.
Historical Order of Holiday Season Traditions Hanukkah (or Chanukah). Hanukkah is a celebration that began in 160 BCE/BC, and in Hebrew the word means “dedication”. The celebration lasts eight days and dates vary from year to year based on the Jewish lunar calendar. It’s the winter festival of lights where families light a Menorah candle every night, and as they do, they give a special blessing, thanking God before lighting each candle. People also give and receive presents during each night of Hanukkah. The holiday celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which the Jews reclaimed and rededicated to God.
Christmas. Christmas is a religious and secular holiday. For Christians, the holiday represents the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, whose teachings are the basis for Christianity. Many Christians attend a church service, and in fact, the name Christmas originated from Christ Mass. Secular traditions for the holiday include exchanging gifts, decorating a Christmas tree, sharing meals with family and waiting for the arrival of Santa Claus, a merry old gentleman who passes out gifts.
Festivus. When writer Dan O’Keefe wrote the “The Strike” Seinfeld episodes, he made Festivus a popular celebration. Other writers convinced him to take the idea from a Festivus holiday his day created back in the 1960s and 1970s. The show gave it the date of December 23 and borrowed the family expression, “Festivus for the Rest of Us.” The writers changed the holiday from Dan’s father’s version with comedic oddities like the Festivus Pole (an aluminum pole with no decorations). Festivus poked fun at commercialism.
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