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            Winter Holiday Roundup

            Updated December 10, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
            Winter Holidays

            Learn More About Major December Celebrations

            Advent:?Variable, beginning on the fourth Sunday before Christmas.?

            The start of the Christmas season

            Hanukkah:?Variable, according to the Hebrew calendar

            The "festival of lights" celebrates Jewish triumphs

            Christmas: Dec. 25

            World's biggest festival has varied roots

            Kwanzaa: Dec. 26-Jan. 1

            Honoring the values of ancient African cultures

            New Year's: Jan. 1

            Auld Lang Syne and other New Year's customs

            Party Hat, Noisemaker, and Confetti

            Special Features


            Christmas Price Index

            The cost of the gifts in the classic holiday song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"


            A nondenominational winter holiday which originated on an episode of Seinfeld

            Christmas Traditions

            From Christmas trees to Christmas cards

            Charlie Brown Christmas

            The unlikely beginnings of a holiday classic

            Names for Santa Around the World

            Santa Claus or the "Christmas Gnome"?

            Saying "Merry Christmas" Around the World

            From Afrikaans to Welsh, 25 Christmas greetings

            Celluloid Santas

            Saint Nick's most famous appearances

            Grinchy Trivia

            Size up the movie, TV, and Dr. Seuss creations

            Winter Holidays by the Numbers

            From the U.S. Census Bureau

            Winter Solstice

            Dec. 21,?marks the solstice

            For Kids: Understanding the Solstice

            Did you ever wonder why the days are so long in the summer and so short in the winter?

            Boxing Day

            In Great Britain, the day after Christmas is a holiday, too

            Winter Quotations

            Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and others

            Record Low Temperatures by State

            From Alabama to Wyoming, record chills

            Voorspoedige nuwe jaar! and more

            New Year's History

            A move from March to January

            New Year's Traditions

            Auld Lang Syne and other New Year's customs


            Holiday Fun Stuff


            Christmas Customs Quiz

            In Belgium, St. Nicholas pays

            how many visits to each house?

            A Charlie Brown Christmas Quiz

            What does Lucy say she really

            wants for Christmas?

            Boxing Day Quiz

            What major holiday does Boxing Day


            The TV Grinch Quiz

            What did the Grinch hate

            about Christmas?

            A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

            Once upon a time -?of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve - old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house . . .

            Toy Trivia Quiz

            Crayolas, Ken dolls, and Lego arithmetic Holiday Word Search

            Religions of the World