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What are "the holidays"?


Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ

The Christmas Tree originated in Germany
The Christmas Tree originated in Germany

Hanukkah is celebrated mid to late December
Hanukkah is celebrated mid to late December
An explanation of the Christian and Jewish holidays.



CHRISTMAS
Approximately 2,000 years ago, a Jewish infant was born to a young virgin, Mary. This birth is what is celebrated by Christians as Christmas.

The infant grew to become the man, Jesus Christ, whom at age 33 was crucified on a cross--and later miraculously rose from the dead. This is what Christians celebrate at Easter. He proceeded to ascend to Heaven, sitting at the right hand of God the Father.

Learn more about who Jesus is and how this moment in history may affect your life: Who is Jesus?

For additional information on the traditions and history of Christmas, visit this website: The History, Story and Myths of Christmas


HANNUKAH
(ALSO KNOWN AS "CHANUKAH" AND "THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS")

In 168 B.C.E. the Jews' holy Temple was seized and dedicated to the worship of Zeus, at which time Jewish rituals were outlawed and the Jewish people were ordered to worship Greek gods. Three years later, In 165 B.C.E., the Jews were victorious over the Hellenist Syrians and rededicated their holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Once the Temple was repaired, the Jewish army wished to light the menorah during their dedication ceremony. Only enough oil to light the menorah for one day could be found, yet miraculously the oil lasted for eight days. Additional oil was found and the menorah did not extinguish during the ceremony. The Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah today for eight days by lighting the candles in their menorah--one every night.

This is not a particulary spiritual holiday, but has become well-known because it typically falls near Christmas.

For additional information on the traditions and history of Hannukkah, visit The History Channel's website: The History of Hanukkah




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