December 26th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
December 26th History Highlights
December 26th is…
Boxing Day (in the United Kingdom)
National Candy Cane Day
National Thank You Note Day
National Whiner’s Day
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Kwanzaa is Celebrated from December 26 to January 1
Kwanzaa is a week-long secular holiday that celebrates African American heritage. Each year it is celebrated from December 26th to January 1st. Kwanzaa was founded by a black nationalist by the name of Ron Karenga in 1966. The name is derived from the Swahili phrase, “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits.”
The additional “a” was added to represent the seven children in the United Slaves Organization at the time. Karenga also wanted the seven letters to represent the “Seven Principles of Blackness.” Each one of the principles represents one day of the celebration, which are as follows: umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (collective work and responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), imani (faith).
Kwanzaa was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African culture and heritage. It was originally created by Karenga to spread offensive views about the Christian Faith.
During Kwanzaa, people decorate their houses with colorful art and African cloth. Fresh fruits are put out on tables as centerpieces to represent African idealism. The colors of Kwanzaa are black, which represents the people, red, which represents struggle, and green which represents the future. During the celebration, observers must choose a central place in their homes for the symbols of Kwanzaa.
The celebration includes drumming and musical selections, libations, which are a reading of the “African Pledge” and the Principles of Blackness, a reflection of Pan-African colors, a candle lighting ritual, artistic performances, and a feast. Zawadi (gifts) such as books and heritage symbols are given to the children.
Each day, observers greet each other with, “Habri Gani” which means “What’s the news?”
The last day of Kwanzaa is the first day of the New Year; it is a day of self-reflection and reflection on life and future of people, and the recommitment of one’s highest cultural values.
Kwanzaa celebrates family, community and culture. The holiday is built on the five fundamental activities of the continental African “first fruit” celebration which are: ingathering, reverence, commemoration, recommitment, and celebration. Although it may seem like it, Kwanzaa is NOT a religious holiday; it is a celebration of heritage and culture.
December 26th Birthday Quotes
“All about us we see a world in revolt; but revolt is negative a mere finishing-off process. In the midst of destruction, we carry with us also our creation, our hopes, our strength, our urge to be fulfilled. The climate changes as the wheel turns, and what is true for the sidereal world is true for man. The last two thousand years have brought about a duality in man such as he never experienced before, and yet the man who dominates this whole period was one who stood for wholeness, one who proclaimed the Holy Ghost. No life in the whole history of man has been so misinterpreted, so woefully misunderstood as Christ’s.”
“Banks have a new image. Now you have ‘a friend,’ your friendly banker. If the banks are so friendly, how come they chain down the pens?”
“I felt obligated to change music to art, the same way that Galileo proved the Earth was round to the world and that the Sun did not stand still.”
“I used to like to break into other people’s houses and sit in their rooms. I found it very comforting to be in someone’s empty house.”
“I’ve always said I have an amazing team and network of friends and people that I work with that, you know, inspire me and enable me to do what I do.”
“I dreamt I slept on a sidewalk, but you still laid with me. I dreamt I fell into a lion’s den, and you still came for me. I dreamt I lost all of my faith, and you still prayed for me.”
December 26th Birthdays
1863 – Charles Pathé, French record producer, co-founder of Pathé Records (died in 1957)
1891 – Henry Miller, American writer (died in 1980)
1893 – Mao Zedong, Chinese politician (died in 1976)
1907 – Albert Gore, Sr., American politician (died in 1998)
1914 – Richard Widmark, American actor (died in 2008)
1921 – John Severin, American comic book illustrator (died in 2012)
1927 – Alan King, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (died in 2004)
1939 – Phil Spector, American music producer, and murderer
1945 – John Walsh, American television host, and activist, creator of America’s Most Wanted
1948 – Candy Crowley, American journalist
1963 – Lars Ulrich, Danish-American drummer and songwriter
1971 – Jared Leto, American actor, and musician
1983 – Alexander Wang, American fashion designer
1985 – Beth Behrs, American actress
1986 – Kit Harington, English actor
1990 – Jon Bellion, American rapper
1991 – Eden Sher, American actress
December 26th History
Tilly Smith, a 10-year-old British schoolgirl, saved her family and 100 other tourists from the 2004 Asian tsunami by recognizing signs of tsunamis she had learned in a geography lesson two weeks before.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
My daughter-in-law asked my grandson if he had seen Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Little Jimmy said, “No, but I heard what he said when he stubbed his toe on the sofa.”
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TV Quotes… “Live long and prosper” (Spock) on Star Trek.
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Minnie Mouse’s full name is Minerva Mouse.
On my Porsche I have a bumper sticker on it that says “See, I told you my other car was a Porsche.”
“I joined the army ’cause my father and my brother were in the army. I figured I better join before I got drafted.” – Cruiser, in Stripes #moviequotes
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx
After he finished school, Benedict Cumberbatch took a year off to volunteer as an English teacher in a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India.
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The word “dude” first appeared in the 19th century to describe young men who were way too engrossed in the task of being fashionable.
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