Holiday Joy


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Alani Sori, Journalist

Christmas is a holiday celebrated on December 25 every year in America. Hanukkah, a Jewish festival, is celebrated by Jews for eight nights, from December 22-30. 

          Christmas is an annual celebration all around the world by many christians celebrating the birth of Jesus. The name Christmas comes from christ. Some Christmas traditions are drinking hot chocolate, decorating your home, and even watching a colorful parade to get in the spirit.

           Allison Martin, celebrates Christmas. Her favorite part is decorating her Christmas tree with her family. Her mom has traditional ornaments that have baby pictures of her kids on them.          

            She has a big dinner at her house on Christmas. Her mom cooks ham, green beans, sweet potato pie, and turkey. “My least favorite thing is the snow because I don’t like the cold weather,” Martin said.

          Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday which celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the larger Syrian army. Some Hanukkah traditions are lighting a menorah and eating home cooked foods and danishes.”My favorite part is the food,” said Nicholas.

          Nicolas Douglas, and Austin Martir, two Jewish sophomores that celebrate Hanukkah eat Latkes, a pancake made with grated potatoes, and Briskets, cut meat from the breast of beef.    

          They both light a menorah, a nine-branched candelabrum during the eight-day holiday known as Hanukkah.“ I enjoy getting gifts,” said Austin. Gifts are given throughout all eight days.

         Both Hanukkah and Christmas traditions can be similar but yet meaningful in different ways.