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For Native Americans of the Zuni tribe in New Mexico, December marks the time of the
Shalako Kochina Ceremony. For other aboriginal tribes, this is the season when the river freezes
and the land sleeps, known as Luut’aa.
Christian ~ December 6th ~ Saint Nicholas Day
Christian celebration of the birth of Saint Nicolas, patron saint of children and role model for gift giving. Many churches named for this saint who is also the Dutch version of Santa Claus. It is thought that over the centuries the legendary St. Nicholas was merged with similar cultural and religious figures. Significant among these were the pagan Knecht Ruprecht and the Roman figure of Befana, as well as the Christ child (Christkind, or Kris Kringle). In parts of northern Europe, particularly the Low Countries and some German-speaking areas, St. Nicholas Day has remained a time when children are given special cookies, candies, and gifts.
Christian ~ December 3rd ~ December 25th ~ Advent
Advent marks the beginning of the Christian worship year in preparation for the birth of Jesus Christ. Always beginning on the Sunday nearest November 30, it is observed with the lighting of advent candles, display of wreaths and special ceremonies. Many families also use an advent calendar with their children for the month of December leading up to Christmas; each day offering a special surprise.
Advent Day 6:
(Roll over for a surprise!)
Affirm: Hope is a beacon of light in the dark.