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Top 10 reasons to love December

...1. There are so many holidays in December. Maybe we should call it Holidember instead. There's Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, and Hogmanny - and don't forget World AIDS Day (Dec.1), Pearl Harbor Day (Dec. 7...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2014-12-07/top-10-reasons-love-december
Neighbors
Keeping up with the holiday mail

...holiday mail crunch. Americans send the most cards on Mother's Day and Valentine's Day, but the season combining Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas is a close second, according to Hallmark Greetings. There are also those cartons of gifts, boxes of cranberry...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/121999/Loc_mail.html
Local
In the Stacks: Holiday books

...pre-Christmas tradition (one your family might want to take up!). "Seven Spools of Thread," by Angela Shelf Medearis is a Kwanzaa story about seven brothers who learn to cooperate in order to keep their good names and their father's inheritance. "The...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/121601/Boo_stacks.shtml
Books
Grief can enrich, not overwhelm, the holidays

...What's worse is that so many winter holidays come together, Poole said. There's winter solstice, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan. Then the New Year. Then Valentine's Day, Easter, and Memorial Day. "In Juneau, it's the darkest time...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/112807/nei_20071128032.shtml
Neighbors
50 thoughts while snow-blowing

...Dude, I think I sprained my ankle.21. By the way, you can also give Run For Your Life Doomsday 2012! for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or even as an early Valentine's Day gift. Nothing says "I love you" like the coming apocalypse. 22. Why can't I mow...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2011-11-20/50-thoughts-while-snow-blowing
Neighbors
If the commercialization of Christmas draws ire, there is an alternative

...the days - just don't call them "Christmas." The celebration of winter solstice (whether it be Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanzaa) is a cultural observance, no matter the name we put on it. It belongs to the rich, diverse community in which we live...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/121610/opi_757473339.shtml
Opinion
My Turn: Embrace peace and comfort in any tradition

...into the heavens, searching for some light, some hope. It is no coincidence that so many celebrations occur in December - Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Solstice, along with Christmas. Jesus was not actually born on Dec. 25 and I don't think that he cares if...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/122104/opi_20041221016.shtml
Opinion
April Showcase with 'Zomo the Rabbit'

...McDermott's West African children's story, "Zomo the Rabbit." Hurley said she encountered the story many years ago while at a Kwanzaa celebration with friends. During her work with toddlers and preschoolers at Gold Creek Child Development Center, Hurley learned...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/042308/nei_271343567.shtml
Give the gift of music - and save your money for food

...download.com/swahili/3600-8445_32-101137536.html): Face it - one of the best things about the inflation of Kwanzaa as a holiday is the music is way better than what "real America" is weaned on. This set is just a starting point for a massive...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/121808/mus_369024765.shtml
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