Advent Sunday is today and Hanukkah starts this evening so I wanted to offer my wishes to you in this time of celebrations, religious or not, whether you celebrate something or not.
For those who
Will celebrate a holy day,
Will have a secular Christmas,
Will celebrate New Year’s eve,
Or none of it ;
Whether you are
With family – chosen, biological …
I wish you a beautiful end of the year,
May it end better than it started.
Merry end of year !
Here is the list I have put together, let me know if I got something wrong or forgot something.
St Nicolas, the 8th of December and Christmas are all based on religious days but have become cultural celebrations as well.
28/11 Advent Sunday, start of Hanukkah (which lasts 8 days)
5/12 Second (Advent) Sunday
6/12 Saint Nicholas Day
8/12 Feast of the Lights in Lyon (Fr), Feast of the Immaculate Conception
12/12 Third (Advent) Sunday
13/12 Feast of Saint Lucy, celebrated in Scandinavia and Italy amongst other places
19/12 Fourth (Advent) Sunday
21/12 Winter Solstice, Dongzhi festival (China and other Asian counties)
23/12 Little Christmas in Ireland and Scotland, Little Christmas eve in Scandinavia
24/12 Christmas eve
31/12 Saint Sylvestre’s Day / New Year’s eve
Background for the illustration: Green branches with small brown cones by Freepik