Seasonal Greetings

Seasonal Greetings

The holiday season is finally here! We at the Tomahawk want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanza, Yuletide Greetings, Joyeux Noël, and a Happy New Year. Happy Holidays to everyone who has their own traditions. We have done research on different seasonal greetings.

Hanukah: A lesser Jewish festival, lasting eight days from the 25th day of Kislev (in December) and commemorating the rededication of the Temple in 165 BC by the Maccabees after its desecration by the Syrians. It is marked by the successive kindling of eight candles in a menorah from right to left.

Kwanza: Kwanzaa is a Swahili word that means “first” and signifies the first fruits of the harvest. From December 26 to January 1, many people of African descent in America celebrate Kwanzaa. In Africa, there are many customs that are common among the various ethnic groups found on the continent. At this time of the year, people of the community/village come together to celebrate and give thanks for their good fortune.

Yuletide Greetings: Yuletide, a word used as a synonym for Christmas, is a combination of Yule, from the pagan winter festival Jol, and tide, which here refers to an annual festival or the season of said festival.

Joyeux Noël: This is a French greeting translated to Merry Christmas. There is a French film called Joyeux Noël. Based on a real incident during the early days of World War I. On Christmas Eve 1914, the warring soldiers fighting in the front-line trenches near Lens, France, staged a spontaneous truce.

Wishing you hope, peace, joy, and love as you celebrate Christmas. May Santa Claus bring everything you wished for. Merry Christmas, from the GCHS Tomahawk crew!