Personnel: 5 Cubs
Props: Log candle
holder with 3 candles (12") multipurpose lighter
The theme for this month is "Let's Celebrate!" and we
have been busy getting ready for the Holiday season. This month
there are three major holidays celebrated by a different Religion or
Culture, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.
Cub 2: Hanukkah
is the Jewish Feast of Lights or Feast of Dedication. The Hebrew
word Hanukkah means dedication. It is a celebration of God's
deliverance of the Jews in 165 BC. The Hanukkah holiday begins on
the eve of the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev,
and lasts eight days. It usually falls in the month of December and
is celebrated by lighting of candles in a special Hanukkah menorah.
I light the first candle for Hanukah. (Lights the first
Cub 3: Christmas is the celebration of the birth
of Jesus Christ. Although the actual date of his birth is not known,
early Church Fathers in the 4th century fixed the day as
December 25, which conveniently coincided with other pagan holidays.
The Christian priests obviously saw this choice as meritorious,
using the old customary and popular feasting date but changing the
rough pagan ways into a more civilized commemoration.. The word
Christmas is taken from old English, Christes maesse or Christ's
Mass. I light the second candle for Christmas. (lights the second
Cub 4: Kwanzaa is an African American holiday
based on the traditional African festival of the first harvest
crops. The word Kwanzaa comes from the phrase matunda ya kwanzaa,
which means first fruits in Swahili. The holiday was developed in
the United States in 1966 by M. Ron Karenga, a professor of Pan
African studies and a black cultural leader. It begins on December
26th and lasts for seven days. The holiday centers around
the seven principles of black culture that were developed by
Karenga. These principles are: Unity; Self-determination; Collective
work and responsibility; Cooperative economics; Purpose; Creativity;
and Faith. I light the third candle for Kwanzaa. (Light the third
Cub 5: With the spirit of the holiday candles now
burning let us now begin our own celebration of our accomplishments
Dear God, Today, this day, we give to You. Do within us
what You want to do. Please make of our hearts Your vessel and
servant. May the glorious light of the Lord of Creation find a
restful home inside each of our souls. May we be no more who we used
to be. We now embrace the divine child within us. May it burst forth
now to bless the world. May we not be tempted to doubt the light
that lights the entire world, illumine the earth and save the world.
Thank You, Lord. Amen.
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