Family Traditions ~ 2004
Each December parents are invited to our room to share some aspect of their family traditions at this time of year. Two of our parents took time out of their very busy schedules to do just that. Read on to learn more.

Happy Chanukah!
Ilana's mom came in to share their family's special holiday tradition ~ Chanukah!
First she treated us to delicious, freshly cooked potato latkes with applesauce.
Then it was time to light the menorah and watch its beautiful glow
as we listened to a very funny story about the miracle of Chanukah.

After the story, Ilana's mom passed out candles and dreidels to all.

Thank you, Marieke! Great job!


LEARN MORE ABOUT CHANUKAH AND HAVE SOME FUN!
Hanukkah at billybear4kids.com
Lots of interactive games and activities

Sue Ellenís Hanukkah Page
Click on Sue Ellenís Scrapbook pictures to learn how
Arthurís friend Francine celebrates Hanukkah

Hanukkah Crafts from enchantedlearning.com
Make a paper dreidel and much more!

Animated Menorah
Learn how to light the menorah each night of Chanukah


Winter
Solstice
December 21st marks the shortest day of the year. Nora's mom enlightened us about this special celebration.

First Suzanne read us a book about Winter Solstice celebrations past and present around the world.
Next, using symbols of the Winter Solstice, the children created
candleholders and decorated candles to welcome the light.
Finally, we were treated to an absolutely scrumptious sun cake
that Nora and her mom had made. Yum! Yum! Yum!
Thank you, Suzanne! Wonderful job!

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WINTER SOLSTICE
The Winter Solstice - a childrenís book by Ellen Jackson
Here is the book Nora's mom read to us.
Great info and activities

Sue Ellen's Winter Solstice Page
Click on Sue Ellenís Scrapbook pictures to learn how
Arthurís friend Prunella celebrates Winter Solstice
Learn about other winter holidays, too!
Have loads of interactive fun at Arthur's holiday page!

Winter Solstice Crafts
Lots of fun and easy crafts to help you celebrate!

Winter Solstice - The True Story of the Shortest Day
Learn about the science of this time of year

Happy Winter Solstice
Many links to Winter Solstice information

Winter Solstice Symbols

Did you know?
December 21st is also known as Forefathers' Day. It is the anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower at Plymouth in 1620!


Whatever your traditions, may they be filled with love and joy!

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