Today we often choose to recognize no holidays over offending or leaving out others, but consider entering a 'teachable moment' this season by sharing all of the many wonderful holidays celebrated around the world!
These websites provide activities, videos, and lessons that highlight many of the holidays celebrated in December, including Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, and Ramadan.
Consider organizing a Secret Santa exchange for your students with this simple worksheet.
Holidays around the world.
Students create a chart comparing Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, and Ramadan. This site includes links for students to use in their research- computers or internet required. Student work sheets included.
Learn about the Chinese New Year which is celebrated on different dates each year depending on the Lunar calendar!
This page from History.com shows a video of the history of Santa Claus, with Candy Canes, Carols, and Christmas itself at the bottom. Each video is about 3 mins. long.
Search from the button above for other histories of holidays, including Kwanzaa and Las Posadas.
Did you know that there are about 45 celebrations that take place in December?
I mean, we all celebrate National Fritters day on Dec. 2nd, and Wear Brown Shoes day on Dec. 4th.
Read more of these fun 'holidays' and choose a few to celebrate together as a class!