Celebrating the Holidays: Boys Share Their Stories

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As our annual Sing Me a Story concert approaches, we are learning more about the holiday traditions of all our members. We’ve had fun hearing the boys and their families share about their winter holiday stories as we prepare for this weekend’s festive musical telling of The Night Before Christmas. We thought we’d offer you a sneak-peek. 

Diwali

One Boychoir family shared with us how they celebrate Diwali, a five-day festival that takes place in October or November each year.

collage of diwali images

India Today says, “While Diwali is primarily a Hindu festival, people from a lot of other religions too celebrate the festival with equal enthusiasm. The significance of the festival varies from religion to religion, but the excitement and the festive spirit remain the same throughout.”

For the Dayal family, “Diwali symbolizes the spiritual ‘victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.’ We worship Lakshmi – the Goddess of prosperity and wealth and Ganesha (the elephant head God) – remover of obstacles. Our kids love to light diyas (candles) and  do worship using fresh flowers, and incense sticks. They eat their favorite Indian delicacies and light sparklers after dinner.”

Baking Cookies

A major trend among holiday stories is food, especially baked goods. Many of the boys talked about baking cookies and getting to eat favorite goodies they only get around the winter holidays.

Several boys mentioned that their favorite tradition is putting out cookies for Santa. We loved this young man’s special memory around cookies for Santa.

“We have been baking cookies for Santa every year. Last year, before Christmastime, I thought to myself, ‘Santa probably isn’t real’ and I thought that it would ruin the tradition.”

In this video, you will discover with him what he learned.

Kwanzaa

Two brothers in the Boychoir shared their family’s celebration of Kwanzaa. This seven-day holiday “brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense” according to The Official Kwanzaa Website. 

Kwanzaa was created to introduce and reinforce seven basic values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing family, community and culture among African American people as well as Africans throughout the world African community.”

The youngest, one of our Apprentices, explained, “There are seven days of Kwanzaa. Every night, we say a word and what it means, and then we light the candle.”

Snow!

Not every beloved tradition is directly connected to a holiday. One of the boys said his favorite snow day tradition is the soup his mom makes. “My mom usually makes this great soup called fideos when we have a snow day. It’s one of my favorite soups, and it warms us up after a cold day of playing in the snow.”

Those of us who live in Cincinnati know that you can’t count on having tons of snow to play in every winter. Measuring snow in feet doesn’t happen around here, but this boy traveled back to his grandmother’s home where he got to experience FEET of snow. Watch the video to find out where he had to go to find it.

Tickets are still available for “Sing Me a Story: The Night Before Christmas.” The boys have many more of their own stories to share with you that night, along with songs to go along with our holiday story. Come join us for this annual family-friendly concert.