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Celebrate December Holidays!
Bake some Holiday Cookies
Bake some holiday cookies together and make enough to share with some
friends or neighbors. Box some up and send them to someone who could use
a lift. If they are sturdy cookies that don't crumble easily, you might
even be able to send them to some of those serving in the armed forces.
Chances are, someone you know, or people from your neighborhood, church
or school are serving and would love something yummy. Use your favorite
recipes or try some of those on this website:
Recipes for cookies. and More Recipes.
something about the significance of Kwanzaa
Make a paper placemat by weaving strips of colored
paper together. This is called a Mkeka (em-kay-kah). Use black, red and
green for the paper strips. The black strips represent traditions, the
red represents history and the green stand for the future.
Take a sheet of 12" x 18" black construction paper
and fold it in half. Cut one inch strips from the fold to 1" before the
edge of the paper. Take a red and green sheet of construction paper and
cut each into 1" x 9" strips. Weave the strips into the black piece of
paper, alternating the colors.
Even if this is not a celebration in which your
family participates, find out something about its recent origins and the
significance it holds for those who celebrate Kwanzaa.
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St. Nicholas Day
Put Out Your Shoes and Fill Stockings for Others
Read a story about St. Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra who left gold coins
in the shoes of poor girls who didn't have a dowry. Nicholas is the
"original" Santa Claus. You might leave goodies (such as gold foiled
covered chocolate coins wrapped in a plastic bag) in children's shoes so
that they awake on December 6th to a gift from the good saint. Better
yet, have children fill a small stocking with something special (a small
gift, ornament, handmade card, etc.) and give it to someone else in the
family as a St. Nicholas surprise.
Our Lady of
Guadalupe Feast Day
Retell the Story of the Roses
If this is a feast of significance to your family, retell the
story of Blessed Juan Deigo and the happenings on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico.
(If it's not something you celebrate, research the story and learn something
new!) In celebration of the feast, surprise someone in the family with a
rose or roses.
Have a Hot
Chocolate Pajama Party
children will be on Winter Break from school, this night might be one
for a possible evening adventure. (Of course parents aren't on break, so
the following night might work better.) Wear your pajamas. Put sleeping
bags on the floor in the living room. Tell stories. Look at family
photographs from holidays past and make up some hot chocolate and
popcorn. Teddy bears and other stuffed animals are welcome to join in
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Make a Clay Menorah
Celebrate the eight days of Hanukkah by lighting the candles on the
menorah, exchanging gifts and playing with a dreidel. Read the stories.
Enjoy the food. Sing the songs. Spend time together making the meaning
of the season memorable to children. Make a menorah using clay or salt
dough. Cut Star of David shapes from gold foil and hang them from the
ceiling or in a window. Make latkes together. Help children to
understand the "why" of Hanukkah.
To make a clay Menorah, roll balls of self-hardening clay or salt dough
(for salt dough recipe, click here)
Place 9 balls of clay in a row on a plate that has been covered with
aluminum foil, with a larger ball of clay in the center for the Shammash.
Push 1 candle into each ball of clay and let the clay air dry to harden.
Pull the candles out and paint the clay Menorah. After the paint has
dried, return the candles so that they can be lit.
Make a good
Make a good noise. If children will be with a sitter while a parent or
parents will be gone for the evening, take a wee bit of time and make a good
noise together. If can be made by blowing party horns, banging on aluminum
foil pie pans or using New Year's Eve noisemakers that you purchase. Start
the year off with a happy bang! Of course, silly hats, a little bit of
non-alcoholic sparkling cider and some paper streamers can add to the fun.
If children are older and will be awake at midnight, celebrate with a phone
call to wish one and all a Happy New Year. (Of course if you are all home
together, hugs are an even better way to welcome in the New Year.)
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