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Celebrate December Holidays!

 

National Cookie Day

December 4th

 

 

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.


Kwanzaa Begins

 

 

Learn 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

December 6

 

 

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

December 12th

 

 

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

 

Since most 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 this event.


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Hanukkah

 

 

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.


New Years Eve

December 31st

 

Make a good noise

 

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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