5 December Celebrations

Continuing my exploration of the holidays and celebrations in December here are five celebrations held during the second week of December. December 10th Human Rights Day: In 1950 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution inviting all states and interested organizations to observe Human Rights Day on December 10th each year. This year’s theme is dedicated to launching a year-long campaign for the 50th anniversary of the two International Covenants on Human Rights: the International Covenant […]

Celebrating and Remembering: 5 December Holidays

December is a month of symbols. Christmas stars and trees, festival food, coal and golden switches, saints’ days, ceremonial candles, long nights, remembrance, and gift giving. Let’s explore some of the holidays (past and present) celebrated each week during this wintery month. Let’s start at the beginning: the first week of December. Note: I’m extending the week to include the first few days. December 1st World Aids Day (image courtesy of Jayel Aheram and flickr) […]

Grateful: A Love Song to the World

I am grateful for the world in which we live. The blessings that I’ve received this year are many. Sure, I’ve had struggles. I will continue to be challenged and to face new challenges. In a way, I’m grateful for the struggles that I’ve had. As he says in the song, everything is a gift. It’s up to us how we see and use and appreciate (or not) that gift. One of my most precious […]