History The Other Winter Holiday Traditions


Brev. Brig. Gen'l
Forum Host
May 12, 2010
Now Florida but always a Kentuckian
Besides Christmas, there are the traditions and heritage of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

The eight days of Hanukkah are called the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and is a celebration of Jewish religious freedom.

The start date for Hanukkah varies each year but it begins at sundown on the 25th of the Hebrew month of Kislev. This year it begins on December 24th.

During Hanukkah different foods are served. One is Sephardic Challah. See recipe at:

Every winter millions of African Americans honor their heritage by celebrating Kwanzaa, meaning "first fruits" in Swahili. Based on a thousand year old festival, ideals such as family, community, and unity are the focus of the seven day celebration that spans each year December 26 through January 1.

During Kwanzaa there are many delicious foods that can be served. Some great recipes are at:


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Jan 20, 2013
north central florida
Love challah bread! In many area dinners they use challah to make French toast, it's SO good!
We make eggnog French toast using challah bread.
The other day my wife made a challah bread in her recipe she combined it with her recipe for Hawaii read.this was a rich sweet bread that really went well with a lot of butter.

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