Here is your weekly SSA Connection – Hope you enjoy!

A Mantra for Nurturing a Blissful Life

As the coronavirus pandemic raged in her native Sri Lanka, monk JayaShri Maathaa had a thought: two magical words that planted something beautiful in her mind and blossomed into a whole new way of being. She shares how this mantra transformed her life — and the surprising ways gratitude can invite bliss, joy and harmony. Click here to listen.

How to Make New Year’s Day Black Eyed Peas

Get a jump on New Year’s Day and learn how to make black-eyed peas. A good luck tradition in some parts of the country. Click here to learn how.

Evergreen Christmas Song “Jingle Bells” with Lyrics

“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung winter songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) in the autumn of 1857. Even though it is commonly thought of as a Christmas song, it was actually originally written to be sung for Thanksgiving. Click here to sing along!

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Every December 26th, the holiday of Kwanzaa begins. Kwanzaa is rooted in African celebrations of harvest, but its formal origin is surprisingly recent. The holiday was started by Maulana Karenga, a professor in California, in 1966. Dr. Karenga wanted African Americans to feel good about themselves and to have something that they could connect to, to make their lives better. Click here to learn more.

The Winter Soltice

The Winter Solstice is considered the official start of winter and marks the shortest day of the year. It takes place on December 21. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Alexandria Library

Monthly Meditation – Monday, December 28, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Yoga in Daily Life joins us via Zoom for our Monthly meditation class. Grab your yoga mat, and get ready to relax! Click here to register.

Romance Book Club – Monday, December 28, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance book lovers? Join us! click here to register.

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