Winter Holidays Part 5: Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is celebrated under many names by many cultures, with a fair amount of commonalities and some intriguing differences. Yule/Yalda: You likely celebrate a bit of Yule without realizing it. A great number of Christmas traditions are taken from the pagan celebration: evergreen trees play a large role; holly, ivy, and mistletoe are… Read More Winter Holidays Part 5: Winter Solstice

Winter Holidays Part 4: Las Posadas

For Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, the Christmas festivities really get under way with the beginning of Las Posadas, which is a Catholic “novenario” (9 day celebration) that recreates the pilgrimage¬†for a room for Joseph, Mary, and the soon-to-be-born Jesus in Bethlehem. Children put on mini plays where they plead with “inns” to give them room &… Read More Winter Holidays Part 4: Las Posadas