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That’s right you guys, it’s the holidays! What’s that mean? WINTER BREAK!! WOOOO! Ontop of winter break, we have Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other holidays!

As many people are aware, Christmas is right around the corner. School is getting out and most Christian families are getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. For those of you that are not aware, Jesus is a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of the Christian religion. First called the Feast of the Nativity, the customs spread to Egypt by 432 and to England by the end of the sixth century. By the end of the eighth century, the celebration of Christmashad spread all the way to Scandinavia. Today, in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches, Christmas is celebrated 13 days after the 25th, which is also referred to as the Epiphany or Three Kings Day.

Christmas is celebrated on December 25th, however, that has not always been the case. Some popular customs include enjoying big meals with family, exchanging gifts, attending church, and, of course, waiting for Santa! As Americans began to embrace Christmas as a perfect family holiday, Americans built a Christmas tradition of their own that included pieces of many other customs, including decorating trees, sending holiday cards, and gift-giving. So take a break, relax, and spend time with people you love!

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Most people know what Christmas is, but do you know what Hanukkah is? For those of you that do not know, Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that dates back more than 2,000 years ago. It all started when the people of Jerusalem were forced by the Greeks to do unorthodox and illegal activities, such as eating pig. The Greeks then asked the Jewish High Priest, Mattathias, to participate in the activities. He refused, and another nearby village came to his aid. They were able to defeat the Greek soldier. Mattathias’ five sons then attacked more of the Greek soldiers. This went on for three years. The Jews were getting weaker and weaker, but they were determined. At this point, Mattathias had died, and his son Judah took over. After a long battle, the Jews finally defeated the Greek soldiers. The battle ended in the mountains, away from the city of Jerusalem.

Judah and the rest of his men went back to the Holy Temple to restore it. When they cleaned it, they discovered many of their precious items had gone missing or were damaged. They went on repairing everything they could and went on to light the Menorah, a nine-branched candelabrum. They expected the oil to last enough for one night. Miraculously, it lasted for eight nights. This was enough time for the Jews to fetch more oil. And so the Festival of Lights was established. Hanukkah lasts for eight days. However, the Hebrew calendar does not match the secular calendar, so the first day of Hanukkah varies according to it. It always begins on the same date in the Hebrew calendar - the 25th of Kislev. In 2017, Hanukkah starts on December 12th, and ends December 20th.

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What about Kwanzaa? Kwanzaa is a celebration that lasts a week and is held in the U.S. and in many other countries. Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture, and usually takes place from December 26th to January 1st. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966, as the first African-American holiday. Each of the 7 days represents one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (Nguzo saba) which are;


- Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.


- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.


- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together.


- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.


- Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.


- Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.


- Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. 

Some celebratory symbols of Kwanzaa include a Mkeka (mat) on which other symbols are placed: a Kinara (candle holder), Mishumaa Saba (7 candles), mazao (crops), Muhindi (corn, a Kikombe cha Umoja (unity cup for commemorating and giving shukrani (thanks) to African Ancestors), and Zawadi (gifts).

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WE LOVE THE HOLIDAYS!

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All of these holidays have one big thing in common; decoration! Decorating is a fun and heat warming thing everyone should do. Grab some ornaments, your friends, and play some holiday music this month as you decorate a tree or your house! Here in Diversity, some of our players sell decorations PRE-MADE for you to hang up on your item frames! You can get tons of maps all around from all types of people, including these guys!

 

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CHRISTMAS SKINS!

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Who DOESN’T love christmas sweaters! We’ve gone around and taken pictures of some of the players and even staff who are ready for the holidays!


 

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EVENTS?

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Some of you guys made it to our drop party Sunday night but if you didn’t, no worries! The news team is holding an event on Saturday December 16th at 4 PM EST! It’s a present scavenger hunt, so make sure you can make it!

 

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GAMES!

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We LOVE being able to interact with you guys and play games, so here are this month’s games! If you complete the puzzle, mail a picture of the complete version to diversitymcnews@gmail.com (Only one entry per player) and if you’re the FIRST person to complete it correctly, you win a prize! (the prize is a secret!!)

 

On your marks… Get set… GO!!!!

 

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(incase you can’t see it on the picture)

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AND HERE’S ONE JUST FOR FUN, NO PRIZE FOR THIS ONE, BUT POST YOUR ELF NAME IN THE COMMENTS!

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ART SUBMISSION

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We got a super cute submission from Jupiterrrrr for Christmas and he says….

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Well, that’s it for us! We all hope you have a magnificent holiday break and share your Elf Name Below! See you all next month!

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Thank you sooo much for the Cross words and other fun stuff. This will definitely keep me entertained for the next 3 weeks of boredom!

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