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Happy Holidays

More than Christmas
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Rashad Cormier
Frau Ramereiz decorated her door for Krampusnacht (Krampus Night), which is on December 5. In the folklore, Krampus whips naughty children with a birch rod.

The month of December is often associated with Christmas, but there are many other holidays celebrated during this time of year.

The Jewish Holiday of Hanukkah begins on December 18 and lasts 8 days. To celebrate the Hanukkah, people play the game of dreidel, sing songs, and light the menorah, a 9-branched candelabra that symbolizes 1 day’s worth of oil that extraordinarily lasted for 8 days in a battle. The name Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew words “to dedicate.”

Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday honoring African-American heritage, starting on December 26 and ending on January 1. Stemming from the harvest festival traditions in Southeast and West Africa, activist Maulana Karenga created the holiday “to give black people an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history.” Each of the 7 days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to a different principle of African Heritage: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

Christmas is traditionally celebrated by Christians to commemorate the birth of Jesus, but over time it has evolved into a holiday that families of many different faiths celebrate. Celebrated on the 25 of December, this day entails gift giving, music, and the excitement of Santa Claus.

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Ellery Boyle, Opinions Editor
Ellery Boyle is the Opinions editor for the Pipeline. She is also involved in the Swim and Soccer teams, she originally joined for her interest in photography.
Rashad Cormier, Staff Reporter
Rashad Cormier is a freshmen and 1 first-year staffer on the pipeline. He Was drawn to the pipeline by his interest in interviewing and photography. He is most interested in covering secret talents from students to staff. Rashad is most known for his very upright mood, all around a fun dude to hang around. When Rashad isn’t interviewing students, you can find him walking around like an NPC and chatting with other students and staff.
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