The beginning of winter brings a multitude of holidays to celebrate which include Chanukah – the Jewish eight-day holiday, Christmas Day – an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, and Kwanzaa – a seven-night holiday that honors African American and Pan-African culture and tradition. We have sent separate messages for each of these holidays.
Christmas is a widely celebrated and festive Christian holiday observed in over 150 countries, with traditions varying depending on the culture, its history, and even climate. In the United States, it is considered a federal holiday and recognized each year on December 25th.
While the day has solemn and religious aspects, it is considered a happy and joyous day as well. In addition to attending church services, it has garnered broad secular appeal. Common images of the day range from nativity scenes featuring a manger where stories hold the baby Jesus was born, to others of decorating gingerbread houses and fir trees, drinking eggnog, and unwrapping gifts by a blazing fire.
The time leading up to Christmas – and the day itself – are often marked by family and friends gathering to share time, which is possible as most schools and businesses are either on winter break or closed.
Christmas is also known as a time for giving, extending beyond the giving of gifts to friends and family and including donations to community organizations, charities, and those in need. Whether it’s participating in a toy drive, contributing to the charity of your choice, or volunteering at a local food bank or shelter, Christmas reminds us all – Christian and non-Christian alike – of the good fortune in our life and the kindness that can be found in giving to those who may not be as fortunate.
Thank you everyone for your all your hard work this past year. Your dedication has shaped who we are today. May this holiday season bring you and your loved ones a lifetime of happiness and fun.
CEO and President, June Simmons and the Executive Staff