The Weekly Eagle

The Week of December 14

Christmas Traditions, Past and Present

Americans may have made some changes in the way they celebrate Christmas over the years, but some important traditions--like friends and family--remain the same. According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted among a representative sample of 2,001 adults nationwide, nine out of every 10 Americans celebrate Christmas. However, only around half of those who celebrate view it as a religious holiday, while one-third see it as a cultural celebration, rather than one of faith. Religion is far less central to young peoples’ observances of Christmas, the survey found, with only 39 percent of those aged 18-29 viewing it as a religious holiday, compared with 66 percent of those aged 65 and older.


To view more, click on the web address below:

http://www.history.com/news/christmas-traditions-past-and-present

Happy Hanukkah!!

Hanukkah (sometimes transliterated Chanukkah) is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar.

In Hebrew, the word "hanukkah" means "dedication." The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.


http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/hanukkah

Upcoming Events

Monday

  • Business as usual
  • Boys and Girls MS Basketball game vs Kemp (Home)

Tuesday

  • Girls Basketball game vs Life Wax (Home)

Wednesday

  • Student Council Election Day!
  • Ms. Linda Solomon will be sharing the history of Hanukkah with our students

Inspirational Quote

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.

~Mary Kay Ash

Thursday


  • Teacher Christmas Spread
  • Student Picture Day
  • Faculty Meeting
  • PTSO Meeting
  • Senior Parent Meeting

Friday

  • Half day of school...Christmas Break begins!!!
  • Girls Basketball game vs Kemp (Away)
  • Boys Basketball game vs Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, OK)

7 Historical Events That Took Place on Christmas

While Christmas is traditionally viewed as a time for family gatherings, gift giving and church services, the holiday has also coincided with some of history's most crucial events. The “most wonderful time of the year” has been interrupted by legendary battles, coronations of kings and scientific breakthroughs, and it even helped inspire one of the most famous wartime truces on record. Get the facts on seven famous historical events that fell on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


www.history.com/news/history-lists/7-historical-events-that-took-place-on-christmas