A Tradition Born in 2003
December is a month filled with traditions. From special recipes, to crafts, to the reading of certain books, it is a time to share the joy of the season with those closest to us.

Night Tree by Eve Bunting is a WONDERFUL story about one family's special December tradition of decorating a tree for the animals. This book became the inspiration for a NEW tradition for our class.
In our old school we had such beautiful 75 year old oak trees. It was tragic that we lost most of them in our rebuild. One positive outcome, however, was that six fir trees were planted on the new school grounds - perfect "night trees" and just right for the basis of the beginning of a new classroom tradition.
Birdseed, bread crumbs, popcorn and apples were among the treats the children brought for our animal friends. A few families even created beautiful strings of cranberries or cereal with dried fruits! Can you see the ring of birdseed and cracked corn surrounding our tree? We had an exciting time decorating and loved it as we stepped back to admire our very first official "Night Tree."
A Few Resources for Teachers and Families
Our "Night Tree" was such a magical experience,
I would definitely recommend it to any classroom or family looking to begin a new tradition.
Below are a few resources to help you get started.

Night Tree ~ A Mini Unit
A great little mini unit using the book

A Video Interview with author Eve Bunting
from Reading Rockets

Eve Bunting Teacher Resource File
Links about the author

Eve Bunting at Scholastic

Order Night Tree from Barnes and Noble