History To-Go: Historic Holidays

Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are three different winter holidays celebrated by North Carolinians. Christmas is a holiday occurring on 12/25, and began as a celebration Jesus Christ's birth in the Christian faith. Some ways people can celebrate Christmas are by spending time with loved ones, attending church, decorating trees, and exchanging gifts. Hanukkah is a Jewish winter celebration that will be observed from 12/18 to 12/26 this year. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem when the menorah candles on the alter burned for eight days, even though they were only supposed to last one night. Some ways people can celebrate are by lighting a candle in their own menorah each night, eating special foods, and giving gifts. Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrating African American culture started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Korenga. It is celebrated from 12/26 to 1/1. Each of the 7 days focuses on a different moral principle, and these each match one of the candles in the Kinara. Kwanzaa celebrations can include dancing, story telling, feasting, and more.

December's "History To-Go" box features Historic Holidays! You can come by the museum starting Tuesday December 6, 2022 to pick up a box (limit 2 per family). Limited supplies, so come early! You can select the links below to access the box contents if you cannot get to the museum to pick yours up!

Thanks to funding from the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation Inc, and the Arts Council of Fayetteville we are offering FREE "History To-Go", take home craft kits.