We here at ShopWiki know that this can be a stressful time for everyone: you're getting ready for family visits, doing all that last-minute shopping and decorating, and still trying to carry on with your normal life. However, don't let all the hubbub take away from the true spirit of the holidays--it's all about togetherness and being grateful for what you have. Below you'll find information on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Eve, along with links to guides that are designed to make these months as easy as possible. Whether you're shopping for Christmas ornaments, trying to find a holiday gift for your boss, or buying case after case of champagne for New Year's, we've got the perfect guide to help you out. Happy Holidays from all of us!
Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights and is celebrated in the Jewish faith. This year it begins at sundown on Friday, December 11, lasting a total of eight nights. This holiday commemorates the miracle of the oil, which refers to the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem following the Maccabean Revolt during the second century BCE. There was only supposed to be enough olive oil to keep the Temple's eternal flame lit for one night, but the oil instead burned for eight days.
In honor of this miracle, a new candle on the menorah is lit each night. In addition, certain foods like latkes and fruit-filled donuts (sufganiyot) are associated with Hanukkah, and everyone can enjoy a game of dreidel. For more information, check out the guides below.
The New Year
3...2...1...Happy New Year! Every December 31st around the world, friends and families gather to ring in the New Year. In the United States, New Year's Eve is a major event, involving parties, watching the ball drop, First Night celebrations, Champagne toasts, and kisses at midnight.
After everyone stumbles home and gets some rest, New Year's Day is usually observed with a day off from work or school. While remembering the events of the past year (television channels and newspapers often show retrospectives on noteworthy news happenings), it is traditional to make resolutions, which are also traditionally broken by the first of February. Hey, it's the thought that counts, right? Our guides below will help you to make the most of your fresh start.