Category Archives: Traditions

Kraynak’s Christmasland 2021 is open

Forget it beginning to look a lot like Christmas. It already does look a lot like Christmas at Kraynak’s Lawn and Garden Center in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.

The Mercer County business well-known for its 300-foot-long hallway that features multiple holiday-themed “rooms” opened the tradition for the holiday season on Sept. 17.

Kraynak’s has been offering the Christmasland displays since 1963, The Sharon Herald reported.

Kraynak’s manager Dan Zippie told The Herald that all of the animations and displays are new this year.

The Christmasland display is open through Dec. 31. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Kraynak’s is located at 2525 E. State St., Hermitage, PA 16148.

Take a look at images from the 2019 display.

Happy Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday that recognizes and celebrates African-American culture.

The holiday begins Dec. 26, and its final day is Jan. 1.

The seven principles of Kwanzaa — or Nguzo Saba — were actually created before the holiday began in 1966.

Those principles are:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ 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 hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.