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Seasons Greetings To All Our On-Line Family!

Christmas...truly the most special time of year and certainly one that fills our homes with simple pleasures of the holiday season.  Indeed, it's a splendid season full of joy, peace, happiness and love.  

As we extend our glittering Christmas greetings and delightfully distribute/deliver our Christmas gifts we must remember the true meaning of Christmas...it's the joy of giving, the happiness of children, the love of the family, the warmth of good friends, the blessings of hope, the gift of faith, and most importantly the celebration of life and peace throughout the world.

Merry Christmas...Happy Hanukkah...Happy Kwanzaa...Feliz Navidad!

by Susan Mangatal

Positively, for many of us this Christmas will be one to remember forever, because our gift was bestowed upon us in early November (on November 4th to be exact.)  We must all praise and give thanks for this most magnificent gift...the gift of an eloquent gentleman who has been elected our 44th President of the United States.  During this Christmas season we must glorify this exceptional man for the history he has made, and for taking on the difficult task of delivering  to us what we are seeking...Change!

Incidentally, during this special time my mind often drift away to home...my home in Trinidad, and oooh what a lovely sentiment it is.  At this time I can almost smell the ham boiling on the stove before mommy places it in the oven to complete the baking process.  I can also see mommy adding the rum soaked fruits into the black cake mixture, and I even smell the other baked goodies she has prepared - the sweet bread and cakes.  Ooooh yes, I can almost taste the Punch-A-Crème mommy prepared that she has had chilling in the refrigerator along with the Sorrell.  The music...oh the awesome music, I can hear it so clearly...the cuatros, guitars, bandolins, and shak shaks (maracas) along with the sweet voices singing as family and friends "parang" from home to home, drinking, dancing, and just celebrating the spirit of the season.  Gosh, how I miss Christmas's in Trinidad.

Nevertheless, I am here in America with my family, and even though my Christmas will never be as it has been in Trinidad I look forward to it being a delightful one full of love and good vibes.  

May your holidays be filled with happiness and good health, and as you celebrate - kindly keep in mind our "loved ones" who are in far away lands fighting to protect us and keep us safe.  Additionally, please keep in mind and in prayer the thousands who are not certain how they will spend Christmas this year due to the lost of their jobs and/or homes!

Below is our Special greeting to you, please click on the card to view.  Additionally, you will find I have added some history on the many cultural holiday celebrations taking place during this Christmas season.

  

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Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah begins every year on the 25th of the Hebrew month of "Kislev." The 25th of Kislev In 2008, is December 21st.  Therefore, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 21st.

The Festival of Lights
Hanukkah is the most widely celebrated American Jewish holiday, possibly because it is a fun, child-centered occasion. It is celebrated with excellent food, exchanging gifts, and lighting beautiful menorahs (special Hanukkah candelabras) filled with brightly colored candles. Unlike some of the other Jewish holidays, which require intense spiritual reflection or elaborate preparation, it is easy to celebrate.

Many Jewish holidays commemorate events invested with historical and religious meaning, and Hanukkah is no exception. Hanukkah means "rededication," and it commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by foreign forces. The celebration also reaffirms the continuing struggle to live by God's commandments and to lead Jewish lives.

When all is said and done, perhaps the most important message of Hanukkah may be found in the name of the holiday itself: Dedication. When Jews have dedicated themselves, through faith and action, to the pursuit of high religious and human ideals, Judaism has been strong. That imperative, to strengthen our religion and our people, remains an important challenge at this season, in every generation.

 is celebrated traditionally from December 26th through January 1st

Kwanzaa is an African-American cultural holiday conceived  and developed by Dr. Maulana Ron Karenga in 1966.  Each day of Kwanzaa focuses on Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles- "matunda ya kwanza" which means first fruits, Kwanzaa is rooted in the first harvest celebrations practiced in various cultures in Africa, and it seeks to (1) enforce a connectedness to African cultural identity, (2) provide a focal point for the gathering of African peoples, and (3) to reflect upon the Nguzo Saba, or the seven principles, that have sustained Africans. Africans and African - Americans of all religious faiths and backgrounds practice Kwanzaa.

NGUZO SABA - The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

Umoja (Unity) To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) To build and maintain our community together and make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

Nia (Purpose) To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Kuumba (Creativity) To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

Imani (Faith) To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Two popular Traditional Celebration of Christmas in the Islands

Parang

Trinidad and Tobago Christmas Celebration

Parrang is derived from the Spanish word Parranda which means "the action of merry making, group of serenaders."

Parang is a musical style which fuses together Venezuelan and Calypso influences to create up beat tempos with a Spanish style and is popular in Trinidad & Tobago and various areas of Venezuela.

Parang is celebrated during the Christmas season with Singers and instrumentalists (musicians) traveling from house-to-house in communities, and is often joined by friends and neighbors using whatever instruments at hand performing.   The music is typically played with cuatro (a four-string small guitar), maracas (locally known as shak-shaks), and is often sung in Spanish.    Other instruments are used as well and they are violin, guitar, claves - locally known as toc-toc, box bass, flute, mandolin, bandolin, caja - a percussive box instrument and marimbola).  The entertainment and performances are done in exchange for food and drink rum or ponche de creme (an alcoholic eggnog). 

Musicians called "Parranderos" roam the streets playing this music and serenading people with both sacred and non-sacred repertoire, including songs such as "aguinaldo" which is related to the stories of the Nativity or birth of Christ; "estribillo" which is a sing along song that is very lively and is sung in a call and answer fashion and a few other styles of songs.

Although the repertoire is influenced by nearby Venezuela's traditions, it has largely developed into an indigenous performance genre in Trinidad. While the traditional house-to-house caroling tradition is still practiced by small groups and larger organized groups, the music has also developed into a season of staged performances called "parang fiestas," held from October through January each year, culminating in a final national parang competition.  

Parang has evolved throughout the years and many soca music artists have generated a cross-over music called "soca parang" which is a fusion of calypso and soca whose lyrics are sang in English and are inspired by the "Americanized" Christmas often referring to such symbols as Santa Claus.  Noted parang-soca artists include Scrunter, Crazy and Big B. Chutney (a singing artform of the indigenous people of Trinidad which have influences from Indian rhythms and are sometimes sung in Hindi) melodies have also been fused in with Parang.

The practice of paranging remains an important element of not only the Trinidadian rituals during the Christmas season but also in the rituals of other islands such as Grenada and the Dominican Republic and other countries such as Venezuela. Parang is especially vibrant in Trinidad & Tobago communities such as Paramin, Lopinot and Arima.  

The origins of the presence of parang music in Trinidad and Tobago is controversial, and there are two theories which are (1) Spanish monks who were present in Trinidad to lecture people about Catholicism were the first individuals to introduce the music; and (2) Venezuelans brought the first elements of parang with them when they migrated to Trinidad to escape the Bolivian Revolution.

Nine Mornings Festival madness, Kingstown. Courtesy of Michael Peters

 

 

Nine Mornings celebration begins 9  mornings before Christmas December 16th – December 25th

 

Nine Mornings is a unique Vincentian festivity associated with the Christmas season.  Nine Mornings before Christmas, Vincentians awake in the early hours of the morning and partake in a range of activities, among them sea baths, dances (or in local parlance, fetes), bicycle riding and street concerts.  In the rural areas, the final morning of the festivity usually ended with a steel band “jump-up”.

 

The origins of this festivity are clouded in some mystery, although the original tradition relates it to the ‘novena’ of the Catholic Church on the nine days before Christmas.  It is believed that after the early morning church services of the Catholics, worshippers began walking the streets while others went for sea baths.   From this the popular festivity emerged.  Although popular opinion has this practice as starting during the period of slavery, it was more likely to have been a post-emancipation practice.

 

It is also believed that in the 1920s, a Vincentian member of the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church initiated a tradition of celebrating a Christmas novena in the early hours of the morning.  It was the procession home after the service, as the churchgoers wandered back to their houses, eagerly greeting friends with holiday blessings and peering in the still-shut shop windows, which developed into today’s celebration.  Soon it became customary for the ‘boom drum’ bands, composed of musicians playing goatskin drums and wooden flutes, to accompany the walkers home.  Street dancing, of course, was soon to follow, and in time, the character of the nine mornings’ celebration changed.  Over the years the number of walkers grew, and with the advent of the steel drum band a carnival-style nine mornings tradition evolved.   Street vendors joined the celebration, selling drinks made from ginger and sorrel as well as holiday cakes and sweets.  A later addition was the tradition of the ‘carolers’ who went house-to-house singing Christmas carols.

 

Nine mornings was particularly popular with young people for whom the normal restrictions at home were relaxed, giving them an opportunity to socialize with their friends.  At different periods emphasis was placed on different activities.   In the early period, street walking and sea bathing seemed to have predominated.  Over the years other features took root.  In Kingstown , owners of bicycles decorated their bicycles with lights and rode around town.  Persons wanting to get hot bread besieged bakeries around town that were producing bread for the early morning market.  Over time the bakeries catered to this demand.  Dances became popular at other times and recently in Kingstown , concerts involving choirs and individual entertainers have been attracting large crowds.  There are also fun competitions such as speech making, beer drinking and banana eating, crying, laughing, ‘ring play’ games and story telling.  A welcomed addition in recent years is the ‘lighting up’ of towns, villages, commercial buildings, churches and private homes.

 

Merry Christmas...Happy Hanukkah...Happy Kwanzaa...Feliz Navidad!

 

The District of Columbia Government has decided to keep DC bars, clubs, and restaurants open during the Inauguration week (From January 17th - 20th) until 4:00 am instead of 5:00 am.  As I stated last week "I personally don't think this Inauguration is a time for allowing excessive drinking.  This is a serious time and extremely historical time, and there is no need to celebrate with drinking and drinking to all hours in the morning.  Why is it: when the first African-American person becomes president, bars and clubs are allowed to remain open until the early morning?  This historical event is not a joke, and no time to drink excessively."  Absolutely no one needs to drink all night till the early morning to celebrate this historical occasion."  What do you think? susan@ariousentertainment.us

 

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Victory...Victory...Victory!

President Elect  Barack Hussein Obama

The 44th President of the United States of America will be sworn into his new position in 38 days. 

"We may not get there in one year or even in one term," "But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.  I promise you, we as a people will get there."  

President Barack Obama

 




 

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December 20, 2008

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R2C2H2 The Artivist Cordially invite you to

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December 20, 2008

Washington DC

THE METROPOLITAN POLICE

THIRD DISTRICT AND THIRD DISTRICT SUBSTATION

 IS HOSTING

"THE RED CARPET EVENT" 

The Third District and the Community will kick off its 1st annual “Red Carpet Meet and Greet”.  The Red Carpet Meet and Greet night was created to allow residents the opportunity to mingle with celebrities and members of the Metropolitan Police Department. Celebrities will be signing autographs and providing give aways. Families will enjoy, games, and raffles, face painting, as well as, receive information on crime prevention, traffic safety, HIV awareness and more.  Appearances by McGruff, Cat Women, Mrs. Incredible, Spider man, Shrek, Santa & Mrs. Claus & his elf (just to name a few). 

  Date:           Saturday, December 20, 2008

  Time:          2:00pm-5:00pm

   Location:     1620 V. Street, NW WDC 20009  

                                 (Third District Police Station)

MEMBERS OF  THE COMMUNITY ( ANC MEMBERS, COUNCIL MEMBERS, FIRE CHIEF, ETC.., ARE INVITED TO WALK THE RED CARPET AND MEET AND GREET OUR COMMUNITY FAMILIES)

The Community is invited to an afternoon of fun and relaxation with members of The Metropolitan Police Department. Families will have the opportunity to mingle with Police Officers that patrol their perspective communities and  receive information on crime prevention, traffic safety, HIV awareness, health insurance, pedestrian safety and more.

We are inviting organizations, business, non-profits, health insurance companies, dentist, churches, etc.., to attend and set up a table to offer services to our Community families.

Thank you for your support.  

 ( Call or email to reserve a table, mobile space or make arrangements for donations) Officer B. Davis 202-689-4278- PSA 301  or Officer L. McKoy 202-576-8222- PSA 302 & PSA 304 or Civilian Marco Santiago 703-819-9434- Executive Producer or Sgt. J. Eccles- 202-671-6821- Producer

 

December 22, 2008

Washington DC

THRID DISTRICT SUBSTATION-PSA 301, PSA 302 AND PSA 304


PRESENTS


STORY TIME AND HOT CHOCOLATE WITH SANTA CLAUS

  Location: THIRD DISTRICT POLICE SUBSTATION, 750 PARK ROAD, NW, WDC
20010

Date: MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008   

Time: 3:00pm-6:00pm   


The Community is invited to HOT CHOCOLATE and STORY TIME, with Santa Claus and members of The Metropolitan Police Department. Youth will enjoy treats, face painting, and essay contest (thank you letter to Santa Claus), (youth 5 to 12 years of age).  We will raffle book bag(s) with school supplies, Free continental snack and youth will have an
opportunity to mingle with Police Officers that patrol their perspective
communities, receive information on pedestrian safety, bicycle safety and
traffic safety, holiday crime prevention information and more.
PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST SIGN A PERMISSION SLIP

 

Youth have an opportunity to win a Christmas gift for their parent.  Enter Santa's essay contest. Write a letter to Santa Claus Why I like Christmas.  All Letters have to be entered, no later than Saturday, December 20, 2008, 5:00pm, at 750 Park Road, NW, WDC.  Participants don't have
to be present to win
Contact Person(s):
                            Officer B. Davis 202-689-4278- PSA 301        
                       Officer L. McKoy 202-576-8222- PSA 302 & 304
                     Civilian Marco Santiago 703-819-9434
                  Sgt. J. Eccles- 202-671-6821- PSA 301
                         Sgt. G. Pollock- 202-576-8222- PSA 302 & PSA 304

December 23, 2008

Washington DC

SANTA CLAUS 
IS COMING
TO TOWN

Location:   Small Smiles Dental Clinic

                    3401 Georgia Ave., NW, WDC

Date:          Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Time:         1:00pm – 5:00pm

( LOBBY AREA)

Parents bring your camera and take a picture of your child with Santa Claus.

Sponsors:

Metropolitan Police Department Third District Substation,

Small Smiles Dental Clinic and Santa Claus

Contact Person(s):

Officer Davis, B.T. - PSA 301- 202-689-4278                 Officer McKoy, L.R. - PSA 302 & PSA 304- 202-576-8222

Sergeant. Eccles, J- PSA 301- 202-673-6815   Sergeant Pollock, G. - PSA 302 & PSA 304- 202-576-8217

Small Smiles Dental Clinic- 202-829-5437

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