The schools will discuss many of the wonderful traditions, customs and celebrations from around the world. We will share the traditions, purpose, and reasons that some celebrate a certain holiday; we leave out the commercialization of the holiday. This may include:
- St. Nicholas Day (December 6)
- Hanukkah (begins at sundown on December 6)
- St. Lucia Day (December 13)
- Las Posadas (begins on December 16)
- Winter Solstice (December 21)
- Christmas (December 25)
- Kwanzaa (begins on December 26)
We believe that this is a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn that it is perfectly fine that we may have different traditions to celebrate. This also encourages children to accept each other as individuals and not to base acceptance on what we do or what we celebrate or what we have in common with each other; being open to accept each other will continue to create harmony, peace and happiness in the children and community. Through the discussions, we help children see that light (candles, sunlight) is a commonality through all of these celebrations.
If your family celebrates a certain holiday or tradition during this month that you would like to share with the class, please speak to your child’s teacher.
Throughout this month children from various classes will hear many special Story by Heart stories, some of which may be told by the School Director and will focus on the various holiday celebrations.
Story by Heart time is so very special and magical for the children. Having special guests come in to share in the tradition during this time of year enhances our community connectedness while also teaching about various cultural traditions, diversity and ways to help others.