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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Upcoming holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas and Kwanzaa

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November 24
Thanksgiving - is an annual one-day holiday to gratitude|give thanks at the close of the harvest season. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, it is celebrated on the second Monday in October.

Canadian Thanksgiving greeting card

In the United Kingdom, Thanksgiving is another name for the Harvest festival, held in churches across the land on a relevant Sunday to mark the end of the local harvest. This tradition was taken to North America by early settlers.
Happy Thanksgiving greeting card

Happy Thanksgiving greeting card

Happy Thanksgiving greeting card

December 25
Christmas - is a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus. With many aspects, both religious and secular, including the exchange of gifts, the Santa Claus myth, decoration and display of the Christmas tree, religious ceremonies, and others.

Christmas greeting card. Add your own photo.

Humorous Christmas greeting card

The word "Christmas" is derived from Middle English "Christemasse". It is a contraction meaning "Christ's mass". The name of the holiday is sometimes shortened to Xmas because Roman letter "X" resembles the Greek letter (chi), an abbreviation for Christ.

Christmas greeting card
Humorous Christmas greeting card with cat

Ballet Christmas greeting card
Christmas greeting card. Add your own photo.

The Nativity refers to the birth of Jesus. According to tradition, Jesus was born in the city of Bethlehem in a stable, surrounded by farm animals and shepherds, and Jesus was born into a manger from the Blessed Virgin Mary assisted by her husband Joseph. 
Christmas greeting card with horse


December 26
Kwanzaa - is a week-long secular holiday honoring African-American heritage, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year, almost exclusively by African-Americans in the United States of America.

Kwanzaa greeting card
Kwanzaa greeting card

 Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting and pouring of libations, and culminating in a feast and gift-giving. It was founded by controversial black nationalist Ron Karenga, and first celebrated from December 26, 1966, to January 1 1967. Karenga calls Kwanzaa the African American branch of "first fruits" celebrations of classical African cultures.

Kwanzaa greeting card

Kwanzaa greeting card
Ron Karenga created Kwanzaa in California in 1966, during his leadership of the black nationalist United Slaves Organization (also known as the "US Organization"), in order to give African Americans an alternative holiday to Christmas. He later stated, " was chosen to give a Black alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society".

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Holiday information on this page provided in part from the GCU Holidays page for 2011.