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Celebrating Eggnog Day, Christmas, Boxing Day & Kwanzaa!

Celebrating Eggnog Day, Christmas, Boxing Day & Kwanza!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Don’t miss your chance to celebrate these upcoming festivities in the days ahead.

December 24th: To get you ready for the coming days of celebration, tomorrow is Eggnog Day.  Drink up and know that every gulp is part of the festivities.  Over the years I have made egg nog for my family, but it is arduous, time consuming, and laden with calories.  Recently, I’ve taken the easy route, I purchase it from our local grocery store where they offer options as to calories as well as glass jars with alcohol added.

December 25th: It’s Christmas! Whether you observe Christmas or not, this is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends and enjoy one another’s company, a lovely meal, an opportunity to bond, and a quiet time to revel in gratitude for what we’ve been blessed with in our lives.

December 26th: The 26th actually holds two festivities. In Great Britain, and for Anglophiles stateside, it’s known as Boxing Day. Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other former British colonies also honor this day. Today, Boxing Day is the bank holiday that generally takes place on the 26th of December.

In South Africa, Boxing Day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994. Due to the Roman Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar, the day is known as St. Stephen’s Day to Catholics, as well as in Italy, Finland, and Alsace and Moselle in France. It is also known as both St. Stephen’s Day and the Day of the Wren or Wren’s Day in Ireland. In some European countries, most notably Germany, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands and those in Scandinavia, December 26th is celebrated as the Second Christmas Day.

The 26th also marks the start of Kwanzaa. This holiday got its start in 1966 with efforts to unify the African-American community. The seven-night celebration is usually observed with storytelling, singing, dancing, and eating delicious food. Each night, a candle on the Kinara is lit as one of the seven principles of Kawnzaa are discussed.

Happy holidays from The Maria Sanchez Show!

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