by Lexi, Day-Riverside Branch
December was always a magical time, growing up in Tokyo. On December 1st, seemingly overnight, every shop, restaurant and public space was decked out with tinsel, baubles, holly, fake snow; the works.
When I moved to the United States I noticed similar behavior every December 1st, with one key difference. While “クリスマス” (Christmas) in Japan featured Santa everywhere (in gel, wood, plastic and even frosting form), there were also several symbols of a vast variety of December holidays. I saw menorahs, mirror rice cakes and mkekas everywhere I went.
If any of these sound unfamiliar, there’s a reason for that! While 9 out of 10 Americans say they celebrate Christmas, 7% of the country doesn’t! That’s more than 23,000,000 people! Let’s spend some time investigating December holidays this season!
December 10th- 18th in 2020.
Bodhi Day, 臘八
December 26 - January 1
Between December 16-21.
December 21 - 25.
Images sourced from Wikimedia Commons.
All I Want for Christmas is No Othering - an Alternative View of Celebrations
‘Happier’ Holidays: Making Space for Non-Normative Experiences During Holidays
Pew Research (Christmas and Religious data).
Jewish Population in the United States by State
Retaining Cultural Sensitivity During the Holiday Season
Lawsuit fears lead to menorah’s removal in Lakewood
by McKelle, Day-Riverside Branch
As the new year approaches, it’s the perfect time to try bullet journaling. Perhaps you heard the words “bullet journal” and became intrigued. Perhaps your friend showed you theirs and it’s got you curious for more. Or perhaps you stumbled here and you have no idea what on earth this thing is and you’re starting from square one. Good news! You’re in the right place. I’m going to walk you through exactly what it is, where it came from, and what it can do for you.
First, let’s cover the most obvious question – what is it? The original idea of a “bullet journal” is a planner system devised by Ryder Carrol. However, nowadays, you don’t have to follow his system of organization and there’s plenty of freedom to create a journal how you like it. Basically, it’s a planner system that allows you to plan for the future, track the past, all while making the most of the present. Whether you think you lack skills, time, or patience for BuJo, Carroll has a reminder: “Forget about what you see online. It’s not about how it looks; it’s about how it feels, and, most importantly, how it works for you.”
Below, the basic building blocks of BuJo are explained so you can take advantage of its powerful benefits today.
TERMS TO KNOW
There are certain words that you’ll hear as you begin digging into the bullet journal system. Here are a few important terms and what they mean!
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