Hanukkah this year, 2016, began at sunset, the 24th of December to nightfall and continues until January 1st. Hanukkah commemorates the wick of the menorah burning for eight nights when there was not enough oil for multiple nights. Candle lighting of menorahs, special foods, gifts, and playing the dreidel game help Jewish individuals celebrate this holiday.
Christmas annually celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th. Christian people celebrate by giving gifts, singing Christmas carols, feasting, and having family and/or social gatherings. Christmas is a public holiday in countries around the world. Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, and/or Christkind are celebrated as figures bringing gifts to children on Christmas. Christmas makes a substantial economic impact in countries where it’s celebrated.
Jewish people light a menorah at synagogue, as well as, at home as part of the celebration. Christians decorate Christmas trees, visit church, sing Christmas carols, as well as, watch or participate in skits celebrating the story of Jesus’ birth.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, this time of year is inspiring. Spending time with loved ones and showing appreciation to people in your life can be celebrated at this time of year. Be inspired! Have a bright day!