How December is a time for celebrating with friends and family

It is devoting oneself to charitable activities, and indulging in the spirit of giving. There are so many ways to celebrate this month, let’s explore some of them below!

The holiday season is a time of celebration from December 25th – January 1st. During this time, many festivities take place across the globe. Decorations are up, trees are set up in homes and community buildings, parties are held to celebrate with friends and family, devoting oneself to charitable activities takes place (e.g., helping the poor, visiting families in need, donating toys to children), and indulging in the spirit of giving is a popular activity.

Christmas

Christmas is a celebration in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s birth on December 25th. Christmas Mass or Midnight Mass takes place where Christians attend church for all-night worship services held by the community pastor. In addition, families gather on the holiday to give gifts (e.g., toys, candy) and share a meal together. This celebration is perhaps most known for putting up Christmas trees which are decorated with lights and ornaments by mothers around the world.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a celebration that begins December 26th and lasts for seven days. The name Kwanzaa comes from a phrase meaning “matunda ya kwanza,” which is Swahili for “first fruits of the harvest”, and it is a non-religious holiday celebrated in Africa. The focus of this celebration is on family, community, and culture over material goods. Kwanzaa gatherings take place around kinara candles which are placed in front of a straw basket containing fruits, vegetables, and other symbols to represent the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Lighting candles is also involved with holiday celebrations around the world. Hanukkah candles are lit to commemorate the miracle for the oil lasting eight days instead of one which was commemorated during Hanukkah. Advent candles are lit by Christians to prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ and mark the beginning of Christmas celebrations. The Festival of Lights, also known as Diwali, is a celebration that takes place every year around December and lasts for five days. During this festival Hindus light small clay lamps or deepas in front windows and doorways during the evening to symbolize the triumph of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and light over darkness.

Tips for celebrating December global holidays 

If you’re celebrating the December holidays this year, here are some tips that can help you stay safe and have fun!

– If you’re going to a Christmas party, make sure that your food isn’t expired before eating it. It’s also a good idea to pack snacks in case something tastes off.

– If you see lights flickering on a Christmas tree, don’t worry! They might just be loose lights or a little too much flame from the candles. Watch your kids around candles to avoid burn injuries.

– Try not to plug too many things into the same electric plug. More than two is too much and can lead to a power outage.

– Keep all of your holiday decorations up until January 1st, then take them down and properly dispose of the materials.

– Put a lot of sunscreen on if you’re going to celebrate by going outside in December since it can get hot! Be sure to check the expiration date before using too.

– Bring an umbrella with you if there’s a chance of rain, especially if your vacation includes multiple countries (bring it with you everywhere).

– If you’re celebrating Hanukkah, make sure to light the candles by 7:30 pm. This tradition should be followed every night because it’s important!

– Make sure you have all of your food and water supplies before December 24th if you’re planning on celebrating Christmas Eve in the wilderness (it can be difficult to get food or water after this time).

– If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve, stay warm by wearing layers and gloves since it can get chilly outside after dark! Don’t forget an umbrella if there’s a chance of rain.

– If you plan on celebrating December global holidays with a large group of people, make sure that everyone is aware of the party plan and what to do if something happens.

– Make sure you have enough food, water, and supplies so you don’t have to leave anyone behind during December global holidays.

– Don’t forget your sunscreen! It’s very easy to get burned during these hot months so apply sun protection before heading out.