December ushers in dazzling, twinkling lights around houses, poles, trees, and brushes, and the sipping of hot chocolate with family by the Christmas tree. Here are some memorable dates in December.
December 6th is Saint Nicholas Day. It’s named after the patron saint of children. It’s a day when children search for presents and their stockings or shoes are filled with sweets.
December 7th is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance. It’s a day to remember and honor the 2,403 Americans killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7th, 1941, which led to the United States entering World War II. December 18th is the beginning of the eight days of Hanukkah—a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem from the Seleucidian Greek occupiers in the year 139 BCE. They found just enough pure oil to light the Temple menorah to burn for one day but miraculously, it burned for eight days.
December 21st is the Winter Solstice when either of the Earth’s poles reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun. For that hemisphere, the winter solstice is the day with the shortest daylight and longest night of the year, when the Sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky. It marks the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
December 25th is Christmas Day, a Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
December 26th is the first day of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa, observed from December 26th through January 1st, is a seven-day celebration of African roots. Since it’s not tied to any religion, it’s celebrated by people of all faith. Kwanzaa has seven principles known as the Nguzo Saba, which aims to inspire Black people to be united, self-determined, accountable for their communities, financially invested in Black-owned businesses, purposeful with their lives, creative, and full of faith.
December 31st, the last evening of the year, kiss the person you hope to keep kissing into the next year!
December 13th: Open Read
What local book clubs are reading:
Inspirational Book Club
J.L. Delozier, will be the guest. She will have an informal discussion of her new book, The Photo Thief, over coffee at Barnes& Noble @ 10:00-11:00 am
The December book is Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah
When: Every Monday at Barnes& Noble @ 10:00-11:00 am.
New members welcome!
CDG/SCASD Community Book Club
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson.
When: 3rd Wednesday of the month, December 21st @ 7-8 pm.
AAUW Book Club (Adelante)
The Hell of a Book by Jason Mott
When: Every other month on the 3rd Thursday, December 15th, @ 2:30 pm.
Well-Read Book Club
None. Will resume in January
When: 4th Wednesday of the month, January 18th @7-8 pm.
Register at Schlow Library
For more information on any of these Book clubs, or if you want your book club listed, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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