How Do You Celebrate This Light-filled Season?
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We say "happy holidays" this time of year because there are a lot of different holidays our customers honor over the next few weeks. What we noticed is that many of these holidays focus on light.
We wanted to share some of the light-centered traditions we've heard about from our friends here in Pittsburgh and around the country.
We just love these stained glass cookies for Hanukkah. Because, of course, most holidays also include delicious baked goods. We love learning about the different ways people celebrate the miracle of light for the 8 different nights of Hanukkah.
Many people celebrate the winter solstice in December. Even though that day is the shortest one of the year, it's an exciting time because each day after that brings more and more light! Many yoga studios host yin yoga sessions for the solstice, which we love because that's such a restorative practice. How nice to grab a moment of stillness during this busy time!
Kwanzaa involves learning about 7 core principles celebrated over 7 days--this Afro-centric holiday was created to be a social holiday honoring Black identity and African traditions. We love this History Channel video about Kwanzaa with information about all of the rituals and symbolism related to that holiday!
One thing we love about Christmas is learning about the ways different cultures celebrate this holiday and the history of the traditions that seem so ubiquitous. This awesome article from Smithsonian magazine talks about the history of Christmas lights, going back way before Edison.
As for Levana Bratique, we love to celebrate light by decking our evergreen tree with twinkle lights and our beautiful bras. Who says sparkly things should be hidden away? Stop by and check out our display!
What are your favorite traditions this time of year? Leave us a comment to let us know!