December’s Theme is The Gift of Holiday Traditions. December’s Theme is The Gift of Holiday Traditions. The last month of the year has many holidays that are celebrated around the world, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa. When teaching kids about religion and how they celebrate this time of year, it is important to remember that the consistent thread among them is celebrating our spiritual oneness and giving to those we love. This week's story is "The Gift of the Magi" which is a popular Christmas story about love and sacrifice. The work is one of the most famous stories by O. Henry, an American writer.
- Giving and receiving gifts is a tradition in many holidays. We turn to the work of O. Henry, an American writer, who wrote the classic story “The Gift of the Magi’ in 1905.
- Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday that celebrates a miracle.
- Christmas is the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth.
- Kwanzaa is an African American secular holiday which is celebrated from December 26th until New Year’s Day. Dr. Maulana Karenga first envisioned the idea for a cross-national African holiday as a way to bring African Americans together as a community and family.