Winter traditions to adopt or escape

For many of us, the holidays mean joining – or avoiding – traditions handed down by our families, including cultural and religious celebrations. While many of these festivals have ancient origins, some took place during our lifetime. Below are some of the events that take place from December 2021 to January 2022. Or not. No pressure.

See the Kosher Klezmer Band at the Chabad of Frisco Chanukah celebration.
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If you’re of Jewish faith and looking for a little road trip, head to the Simpson Plaza right outside Frisco Town Hall (6101 Frisco Square Blvd, 972-292-8000) at 4 p.m. on Sundays for the eighth annual Chabad celebration of Frisco Hanukkah. In addition to the giant menorah lighting, there will be Hanukkah donuts, hot latkes, dreidels, and crafts for the kids, as well as a trackless train ride and bounce house. There will be a live concert with the Kosher Klezmer Band. This event is free, but donations are welcome on ChabadFrisco.org.

For a live crib, visit Graceview Baptist Church in Burleson.
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In Christian circles, Christmas is the time when the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ is commemorated. According to my side of the story, all the peasants in pre-Israel Judea came to the big city to be counted for the census. A very pregnant Mary – the future mother of Jesus – needed to rest, but there was no room in the “inn” or in any inn for that matter. Fortunately, a pre-Airbnb barn situation was arranged for travelers (3 stars, would go again). Called the Nativity, modern churches recreate this scenario seasonally. From December 10 to 12 from 6 to 9 p.m., you can see this Christmas story come to life with live actors and animals at Graceview Baptist Church (1440 S Burleson Blvd, Burleson, 817-295-2165). This free event also includes a cart ride, homemade treats, hot coffee and hot chocolate.

Celebrate Kwanza with a concert at the Bruton Theater.
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At 10 a.m. on Friday, December 10 and at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 11 at the Bruton Theater (650 S Griffin St, Dallas, 214-743-2440), attend the 29th Annual Black Academy of Arts & Letters Kwanzaa Christmas concert featuring classical music, gospel songs, spiritual chants and hymns performed by students from Conrad, Dunbar, Kimball, Life Charter and Lincoln High Schools with guest performances from Charles Rice Elementary School, accompanied by the Kimball and Townview High School groups. Tickets cost between $ 5 and $ 10 on Ticketmaster.com.

Are you mean or nice? Try your luck with Krampus at Moxley Manor.
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The yin of Saint Nicholas, a European person resembling Santa Claus, is Krampus, a half-goat / half-demon entity who punishes children who misbehave during Yule (aka Christmas). What better place to meet him than in the park of a haunted house? Saturday 11 Dec from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., meet at Moxley Manor (510 Harwood Rd, Bedford, 682-231-1313) and witness the chaos. “Bring a friend, but you can go alone. Tickets are $ 30-45 at MoxleyManor.com/Christmas-Haunted-House or at the gates.

Yule wants to go to Arlington for the winter solstice. I’m going to see myself.
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Another tradition dating back to the ancients is to celebrate the shortest day and longest night of the year, the winter solstice, marking the symbolic death and rebirth of the sun. Founded in 1975, the Texas Local Council of the Goddess – one of the oldest nature-focused religious groups in North Texas (i.e. Pagans, Wiccans, and Witches) – hosts its Winter solstice celebration 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, December 19 at Arlington Unity Universalist Church (2001 California Ln, 817-460-6481). The moon school for children starts at 2:30 p.m., then Christmas rites for adults are at 3:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but a $ 5 love donation is suggested. The vendors will be on site, so it’s also a shopping experience.

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