Holiday Celebration Potluck
at Sharon's home.
December 14th 7-10 PM
Address: 16641 N 19th Place
Phoenix, AZ 85022
This will be a holiday celebration for all of our Real Love Community or anyone that you'd like to introduce to the community! Bring your spouses/friends/significant others/kids. Everyone bring a favorite dish. We will have plenty! We will have holiday music and just conversation!
Our host will provide water, ice tea, lemonade and the plastic ware, paper plates, napkins, Ice and cups.
THEN: a gift exchange….. Bring a gift wrapped for exchange. One per person. Here is your challenge. It has to be something you already have at home, used in good shape that you don't need. Each person will open a gift and then get to pick to swap it with someone else that has already opened a gift. This is a fun way to share. Everyone will have their name in a hat and will draw from gifts accordingly. So have fun. The gifts can be fun, comical, serious, loving, motivational, anything you want! Do not buy it…it has to be something that you already have.
Everyone interested in coming please RSVP and in the comments section/ state what you are bringing
Bring your favorite dish or two
Bring a gift to give away
Celebrations around the world in December.........
- Advent: four weeks prior to Christmas.
- Saint Nicholas' Day: 6 December
- Bodhi Day: 8 December - Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Guatama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi).
- Saint Lucy's Day: 13 December - Church Feast Day. Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets.
- Winter Solstice: 21 December-22 December - midwinter
- Soyal: 21 December - Zuni and Hopi
- Yalda: 21 December - The turning point, Winter Solstice. As the longest night of the year and the beginning of the lengthening of days, Shabe Yaldā or Shabe Chelle is an Iranian festival celebrating the victory of light and goodness over darkness and evil. Shabe yalda means 'birthday eve.' According to Persian mythology, Mithra was born at dawn on the 22nd of December to a virgin mother. He symbolizes light, truth, goodness, strength, and friendship. Herodotus reports that this was the most important holiday of the year for contemporary Persians. In modern times Persians celebrate Yalda by staying up late or all night, a practice known as Shab Chera meaning 'night gazing'. Fruits and nuts are eaten, especially pomegranates and watermelons, whose red color invokes the crimson hues of dawn and symbolize Mithra.
- Mōdraniht: or Mothers' Night, the Saxon winter solstice festival.
- Saturnalia: the Roman winter solstice festival
- Pancha Ganapati: Five-day festival in honor of Lord Ganesha. December 21–25.
- Christmas Eve: 24 December
- Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Day of the birth of the Unconquered Sun): late Roman Empire - 25 December
- Christmas: 25 December
- Twelve Days of Christmas: 25 December through 6 January
- Yule: Pagan winter festival that was celebrated by the historical Germanic people from late December to early January.
- Anastasia of Sirmium Feast Day: 25 December
- Malkh: 25 December
- Boxing Day: 26 December - Gift-giving day after Christmas.
- Kwanzaa: 26 December - 1 January - Pan-African festival celebrated in North America
- Saint Stephen's Day: 26 December
- Saint John the Evangelist's Day: 27 December
- Holy Innocents' Day: 28 December
- Saint Sylvester's Day: 31 December
- Watch Night: 31 December
- New Year's Eve: 31 December - Last day of the Gregorian year
- Hogmanay: Night of 31 December - Before dawn of 1 January - Scottish New Year's Eve celebration
And I am sure there are more....some I had never heard of.
What ever you belive in...all are welcome !