Independence Day


In the United States of America we have many celebrations and holidays that reflect our culture, heritage, and our lifestyle. A fairly important celebration here in the United States in which we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress is on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the time the Declaration was signed, the U.S consisted of thirteen colonies under the rule of England's King George III. The signing of the Declaration resulted in the Revolutionary War, which began on April 19, 1775, and lasted until 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Now we celebrate the 4th of July with parties, barbeques, and fireworks. Many people around the country spend a large amount of money on lighting up the sky for an audience. Also, many cities host firework shows for their residents.

Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving, a holiday that has annually been recognized in the United States since1863, is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The first Thanksgiving was a thanks to God from the Pilgrims for bringing them to Plymouth Rock. Present-day Thanksgiving usually consists of a large feast, prayer, being with family and friends, and being thankful for everything you have been blessed with in your life. A few very common dishes that are eaten around the country on this family-oriented holiday include turkey, mashed or sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Parades and NFL football games are also popular entertainment on Thanksgiving Day. Here at St. Paul Lutheran school we celebrate our blessings by having a feast in our gymnasium. The food is provided by all the students and their parents. This feast is a great way for all the classes in our school to stay connected, and spend time with another while thanking God for everything he does for us.

Christmas

Christmas is a time towards the end of the year celebrated by 400 million people all over the world. It is the biggest religious and commercial holiday. It has been a federal holiday since 1870 in the United States. There are two ways Christmas is celebrated: religiously and commercially. The religious way is based off the birth of Christ. The story of the birth of Christ is found in the Bible in Luke, Chapter Two. The commercial holiday is usually seen with Santa, reindeer, and elves. Santa is a jolly man who has a big white beard, a red suit with a black belt and is a little overweight from eating cookies. Santa brings gifts on Christmas Eve and then children open their gifts on Christmas day. Christmas trees are seen in both ways. Christmas trees are evergreens decorated with ornaments, candy canes, popcorn, lights, and topped with a star or angel. Typically, if you are celebrating Christmas religiously, a nativity scene is by or under the Christmas tree. A nativity scene usually consists of the baby Jesus in a manger surrounded by his earthly father, Joesph, and his mother, Mary, all in a stable. There are animals such as; sheep, mules, horses, cows, and camels. Outside the stable shepherds and wise men are placed with their animals. Schools are normally not in session for this season.

Other Significant Holidays in the USA

-Easter, for the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ
-New Year's Eve (December 31) and New Year's Day, (January 1) for the beginning of the new calendar year
-Halloween or Harvest Day, (October 31) signifying the end of summer and the activity of harvest
-Groundhog Day (signifying the end of winter or anticipation of spring
-Valentine's Day (February 14), celebrating romantic love
-St. Patrick's Day (February 17), to celebrate Irish heritage
-Mother's Day and Father's Day (second Sunday in May and third Sunday in June), to honor our parents
-Memorial Day (last Monday in May) to honor people who died serving our country.
-President's Day (third Monday in February), to honor our country's presidents
-Labor Day (first Monday in September), to honor working people everywhere
Thanksgiving Christmas


Credits:

Text: Tia J and Alana W

Banner: Bailey B and Tristen J

Credits:
http://www.crivoice.org/cyxmas.html
http://www.allthingschristmas.com

Image Credits:
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Our team:
Gimnazjum #4, Gdynia, Poland
St. Mark's Senior Second. School,
Meera Bagh, New Delhi, India

St. Paul Lutheran School, Farmington, USA


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