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1 December Holidays Around the World By: Jessica Bunger Jennifer Decker Geri Dey-Weeter

2 Diversity Unit 3 rd Grade Level Holidays Around the World

3 Objective To give children an understanding of how different cultures celebrate holidays in the month of December.

4 Web Sites

5 Kwanzaa African-American celebration Begins December 26 Lasts for 6 days Celebrate to remind us about our Faith, Unity, Self-determination, Cooperation, Sharing, Purpose, and Creativity

6 More Kwanzaa Make a mkeka (woven mat) with the symbols of Kwanzaa. The colors of Kwanzaa are green, red, and black.

7 Los Posades People in Mexico 9 days before La Navidad (Christmas Day) For each of the 9 days before Christmas, families walk in groups going door to door, reenacting the search made by Mary & Joseph for shelter in Bethlehem.

8 More Los Posades After going to several houses, the groups arrive at the home where the evening’s fiesta (party) is to be held. The party is usually outdoors, and decorated with lanterns, and pots of poinsettias. Poinsettia Necklace: Trace a poinsettia, leaves & stems pattern for each child. Have the children color & cut out the poinsettia pieces. Help punch holes on the top of 1 leaf. Help children thread a 36” length of yarn through the hole & tie the ends together to complete the necklace.

9 Mexican Christmas Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened 1 ½ cups powdered sugar 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla 1 ½ cups flour ¼ teaspoon salt Wax paper 1. Help children mix butter with ½ cup powdered sugar & vanilla. 2. Tell children to add the flour and salt & mix thoroughly. 3. Dough will be stiff. Have children shape dough into small balls. Bake the balls at 375° for min. (The cookies shouldn’t be too brown.) Let cookies cool slightly then have the children roll them in the remaining powdered sugar which is spread on wax paper. Makes 4 dozen cookies

10 St. Nicholas People in Holland December 6 Children put out wooden shoes to await the arrival of St. Nicholas who comes by ship. He rides a white horse to children’s homes. The children fill their shoes with straw for the horse. The horse eats the straw, & St. Nicholas fills the shoes with treats for the children.

11 St. Nicholas Shoe Craft Materials Needed: White lunch bags Pencil Crayons or Markers Inexpensive Treats Have the children take off one shoe and trace it on the paper bag. Have the children decorate their shoe and leave it by the door for St. Nicholas to fill.

12 Hanukkah (The Festival of Lights) Jewish People Celebrate Hanukkah December 9 (for 8 days) Celebrates God’s glory, an ancient victory of the Jews over their enemies, & the freedom Jews enjoy today.

13 The Story of Hanukkah Antiochus, a Greek who was king of Syria, marched with an army of soldiers into the kingdom of Judea, home to many Jews. He insisted that the Jews worship the Greek gods rather than the one God they worshipped. When the Jews refused, the soldiers attacked the temple in Jerusalem & killed countless Jews. They stole holy objects. They even stole the sacred lamp, called the menorah, that stood before the altar. The lamp’s flame, which always burned brightly, went out. That had never happened before. Special oil stored in small containers called cruses was always used to keep the flame alive. The soldiers dumped the oil all over the floor, then they let the pigs roam in the Temple.

14 The Story of Hanukkah (Continued) The soldiers did not respect the Jewish Temple. Jews could not say their prayers in the Temple. Mattathias, wanted the Temple back. Him & his sons went into the wilderness & fought the enemy. For 2 years the Jews fought their enemy. Judah the Maccabee & his followers camped outside Jerusalem all winter. When the people inside had little food or water left, they attacked & overwhelmed the enemy. The Jews were free! The first thing the Jews did was restore the holy lamp – the menorah – but found only enough clean & holy oil to last one day. Yet the flames of the menorah burned steadily for 8 days. With each passing day, the flames grew brighter.

15 Noah’s Ark Hanukkah Card Materials Needed: Pencil 8 ½ x 11 sheet of white paper Fine line black marker Colored pencils or markers Piece of ribbon or yarn 1.On the white paper, use a pencil to draw an ark, Noah & his wife, & pairs of animals. You might show the elephants, lions, ducks, rabbits, cats, zebras, giraffes, and so on. 2.Go over pencil lines with the black marker. Color in your designs with markers or colored pencils. At the bottom of the sheet, write a Hanukkah greeting and sign the card. 3.Roll up the sheet of paper, tie a ribbon around it, and give it to a friend.

16 Christmas Christians around the world December 25 Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus each December. Whether the celebration is scriptural, musical or a living nativity, these traditions help us celebrate the miraculous birth.

17 The Christmas Story Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

18 The Christmas Story (Continued) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 1But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

19 Christmas Craft Puzzle Piece Picture Frame Materials Needed: Old cereal box Puzzle pieces Red, green and brown paint Photo scrap of red felt (and green for a holly leaf - optional) 2 wiggly eyes (or you can make paint or paper ones) Instructions: Place the photo onto the cereal box to determine the size and shape you want (you can make it circular, square, oval, triangular, etc) Cut out a shape from the cereal box at least 1 inch bigger than the photo (this is going to be your frame). Cut a shape out of the center of your "frame" (without cutting through - this is a job for an adult). Again, you should end up with at least a 1 inch frame. Paint your puzzle pieces (some red and some green) and let dry Glue them onto your frame, overlapping the pieces. Glue the photo to the back of the frame.

20 Christmas Craft (Continued) MAKE YOUR REINDEER: Take 3 puzzle pieces (preferably one should be a bit bigger than the other two). Paint the 3 puzzle pieces brown/ let dry. Next take the two smaller puzzle pieces and glue them to the larger one in the corners only. Then attached the wiggly eyes. Cut-out a small red circle for the nose and glue. Then in the corner of one of Rudolph's antler make a small holly leaf from green felt. Glue the reindeer into the corner of the frame.

21 Sample of Puzzle Picture Frame


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