December in America is a beautiful time of year. Our rich mix of cultures provides us with an astounding amount of holidays in just one month. I grew up celebrating Christmas myself, but I’ve always been interested in learning about two other popular holidays celebrated here in the United States. These holidays are Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. More recently, I’ve been researching and exploring the types of flowers that are popular during these holidays so I could give them to friends who celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa.
Below is the list of flowers that I have found that pair with each holiday – Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa!
For those of you who celebrate this holiday, you know that the imagery is a mixed bag of colors, themes and styles. Traditionally the colors represented are red, green and white. While I am not a practicing Christian, I wanted to share a religious theory as to why Christmas features Red and Green so much. While we cannot find the exact cause, many speculate it represents the birth (green) and death(red) of Christ. It is common to see that the colors also reflect nature, green being the trees, red being the berries, and white being the snow. Pretty neat to see this imagery that dates back thousands of years! Each household defines the Christmas holiday in their own way, and with traditions specific to their household. With this range of looks, FiftyFlowers has a lot of products to choose from. I reviewed some of the most popular color combinations and picked my two favorites!
Jingle Bells Traditional Holiday Bouquet
Splash of Christmas Spirit Roses
Hanukkah is celebrated as the Jewish Festival of Lights, which is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah. It is recognized from December 10th to December 18th. Since I am not Jewish and have never celebrated Hanukkah, I consulted this resource online, along with some friends who celebrate the holiday. When the Maccabees returned to the temple, the first Dedication, they saw that they had enough oil to light their menorah for one day. To their surprise, the oil lasted for 8 nights! Hence the 8-day celebration. The colors of blue and white have been integral to the Jewish celebration for some time, and FiftyFlowers developed a bouquet specifically to celebrate! I’ve listed another stunning blue and white best seller to help you or a loved one bring fresh flowers into their Hanukkah celebration below.
Coastal Vibes Bouquet
Kwanzaa is a 7-day holiday starting on December 26th by African and pan-African people to celebrate family, community, and culture. Again, I am not a person who has celebrated this holiday, so I consulted this resource to learn more about it. In 1966, Dr. Maulana Karenga, who is a professor in African Studies created the holiday to join in the values and practices of Continental African and African American culture. You can expect practitioners to participate in Nguzo Saba highlighting the Seven Principles of Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba, and Imani. There will be a feast, music, dance, and other means of celebrating which sounds like the perfect occasion to decorate your space with flowers or send flowers to someone you love who partakes in Kwanzaa. While FiftyFlowers hasn’t developed a flower bouquet specifically for Kwanzaa (comment below to share your favorite Kwanzaa flowers) We have many flowers available in the color scheme of the holiday which is red, green, and red.
Black Craspedia Billy Ball Wholesale
I hope that whatever December holiday you are celebrating this year, that you stay happy, safe, and healthy! It is precisely this mixture of cultures and joyous occasions that makes me proud to be American and it has been an incredible opportunity to learn more about other cultures. If there is anything that you feel I missed, be sure to comment below as I have an outsider view of these holidays. Flowers are a beautiful way to help you decorate your holiday space, or send the warmest wishes to your friends or family that celebrate. Happy Holidays to the amazing and loving FiftyFlowers community!