Boulder City Magazine® December '08/January '09 Issue
|A Kid's View
by Giovanni Venezia
The Holiday Season
“’Tis the season to be jolly!” Warmest holiday greetings to all my friends and family in Boulder City: Jeseca Gullo (my sister) Patti Kearns, and Jimmy Gullo. The holiday season is finally here! Being Roman Catholic, I of course celebrate Christmas, but I still welcome all the other holidays of this joyous time of year. So, I decided to write about Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. (This one was quite fun to write about!)
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|I do have an appreciation and some understanding of Chanukah. In second grade, my class learned many things about the holidays. But we learned a lot about Chanukah because my teacher (now my little sister’s fourth grade teacher), Mrs. Ellen Cropp, taught us about songs, traditions, food, and even games like dreidel. In fact, I am personally attempting to learn the dreidel song on my violin. From latkes, to dreidels, to the eight-candled menorah, this 8-day holiday is quite spiritful!
Kwanzaa is a holiday I did not have much knowledge about, so I decided to research it. My work concluded this: Kwanzaa began in 1966 to celebrate African heritage with a week full of festivities like the pouring of libations. It was created by African American activist Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated from December 26, 1966 to January 1, 1967. Festivities culminate in feasting, giving of gifts, and the lighting of Kinara candles.
This is my favorite: Christmas! Christmas is celebrated by Christians and their branching religions like Catholicism, LDS, Baptists, and many more, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful time of year because the 25th of December includes praying, caroling, gift giving, family meals, and in general rejoicing in the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the music, especially Carol of the Bells (Ukrainian Bell Carol). Finally, who could forget Santa Claus? HOHOHO!
This holiday season may be tight on budget, but I am bright and cheerful. If you like holiday music, at Brown JHS in Henderson, the choir performs December 11th, orchestra (the best ever thanks to Mr. Travers) and guitar the 16th, and the band the 17th. So, “Deck the Halls” and, “Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas”!
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