Different Holidays in December

Photo Credit: 2020 Desert Diamond Home Inspections

Photo Credit: 2020 Desert Diamond Home Inspections

Sydnie Lipski

One of the most known December holidays is Christmas. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in the Christian faith. In America, many Americans celebrate Christmas by decorating trees and giving gifts. In Australia, Christmas falls in the summer, so many Austrailians celebrate Christmas by decorating a Christmas bush like we decorate Christmas trees. In England, there are similar traditions to those of the United States. The children leave mince pies and Brandy out for Father Christmas. In Iceland, there are 13 Santas, known as the Yule Lads. One arrives each night for all of the 13 days before Christmas. Hanukkah is an eight day Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem following the Maccabean revolt. Boxing Day is celebrated in a few countries and takes place on December 26. It is common that soccer matches and horse races take place on boxing day. Ōmisoka is a Japanese tradition and is celebrated as the final day of the old year and the eve of the new year. Families get together and eat noodles to cross over from one year to the next. There are so many different holidays and traditions going on in the month of December around the world. Have you heard or celebrated any of these holidays?