The Law Offices of Marc Shapiro December 2018

Multicultural Celebrations


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According to the Pew Research Center, Christmas is the most celebrated December holiday in the U.S. Yet, like the melting pot it is, the U.S. contains many cultures from across the globe, each with their own traditions. Teach your kids about some of the holiday celebrations from different cultures this season. Kwanzaa Created in 1966 by black studies professor Maulana Karenga during the Black Nationalist Movement, Kwanzaa is a seven-day celebration and reflection period for African Americans. The week offers African Americans the opportunity to connect with African culture and history by celebrating the seven principles of African heritage, which include unity, self-determination, and creativity. Teach Your Kids About Winter Holidays

It’s not your imagination; the roads really are worse during the winter months. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that of the 370,000 traffic accidents that occurred statewide in 2015, over 99,000 of these accidents took place in November and December alone. While August tends to be the worst month for car accidents in the rest of the country, in Florida, the most dangerous month to drive is December.

Floridians don’t have to worry about icy roads, so why is the traffic so much worse during the winter? Most people are quick to point to the influx of snowbirds, tourists from up north who escape the harsh wrath of winter by spending a few months in sunny Florida. When there are more people on the road, especially drivers who aren’t as familiar with traffic conditions, there is a higher chance of accidents. However, snowbirds aren’t the only reason Florida roads get rougher around the holidays. College students on winter break increase the traffic on the road. Holiday parties are also on the rise, as is the alcohol served


Hanukkah pays homage to a two-year Jewish rebellion against an oppressive Greek-Syrian

government that took them captive in an attempt to eliminate Judaism. The tradition of the eight-day celebration and the lighting of the menorah candles comes from the story of a miracle that happened during the rebellion, when a one-day supply of oil burned for eight days in a temple. Diwali Though celebrated in late fall, Diwali is a Hindu holiday that’s known as the festival of lights. Its main purpose is to celebrate the triumph of good over evil, and the five-day festival includes the lighting of candles or lamps, feasting, and giving gifts to family and friends. Diwali also celebrates the Hindu new year and is the largest, most widely celebrated festival in India. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but educating your children about holiday practices other than Christmas will give them a broader worldview and inspire them to gain further knowledge about cultures outside their own. Your local library is a great resource for children’s literature on these holidays, and there are also TV programs from PBS that feature episodes on these traditions. Enjoy the winter holiday season, however you decide to celebrate!

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Looking for an easy holiday roast that still feels elegant enough for the occasion? Look no further than this delicious prime rib flavored with garlic, thyme, and red wine.


1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds) 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

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4 cups beef stock

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

2 cups red wine

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