Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What Do You Enjoy Doing Most for the Winter Holidays?

What Winter Holiday Does the Family You Work for Celebrate?

Does the family you work for decorate a Christmas tree and sing Christmas carols, or perhaps they light the candles on a menorah during Hanukkah, or maybe they eat sweet tangerines and light the seven candles of a kinara for Kwanzaa.

Many people celebrate different winter holidays. Nevertheless, several of these holidays have a lot in common: They are a time for friends and families to gather together; they are a time to make special foods and desserts; and often gifts and cards are given as reminders of how much people care about one another.

Most winter holidays revolve around an important object of light: the Christmas lights on a Christmas tree, the nine candles on a Hanukkah menorah, the seven candles on a Kwanzaa kinara, the sun during the Winter Solstice, and the four candles on a Christmas Advent wreath.

There is much anticipation and preparation as the excitement for the winter holidays draws near. Many families make special foods and drinks such as eggnog, potato latkes, Christmas cookies, and hot apple cider. Often, friends and families will gather together for a feast and celebration of their holiday.

For Hanukkah, children may spin the dreidel and eat yummy potato pancakes called latkes. For Christmas, children may hang stockings, decorate Christmas trees, and eat plum pudding. For Kwanzaa, children may eat delicious fruit and make special bracelets and necklaces for family and friends.

All of these holidays have traditions that have been passed down from one generation to another. Hopefully, in the future, you will continue to pass down your family's customs to your own children.

The winter holidays are a time to be creative, generous, and thankful. It is also a time to look forward to good times ahead.

What Do You Enjoy Doing Most for the Winter Holidays?


Lisa said...

That I can use Santa as a motivator for the kids to behave. :)

Actually, I have started to choose theme of the week projects that tie into a celebration coming up. So for this month, this week we are doing Astronomy (the Star), Next week is winter plants (All the ones that tie into Decking the Halls), the week after that music instruments (all the Carols as examples of how they are used). SO it's a subtle preparation and yet they are doing projects and activities that are related to the Calendar.

Lia said...

My favorite holiday tradition is definitely decorating my family’s Christmas tree. Everything is so festive.

Also, my birthday is on New Years, so when the ball drops to the new year, it drops to a new age for me.

MaryAnne said...

COOKIES! my favorite tradition is making cookies with my siblings. We always have a good laugh and we get to eat half the cookies before they’re baked!

Eva said...

My favorite Christmas activities are the ones that don't have any pressure. Putting up the tree, going to church, making cookies together, etc. It's the simple things that help make the season magical.

Sharon said...

My fav thing was running down and opening stockings in the morning as a kid and I'd say the same now watching other kids to the same. I also love our Christmas morning breakfast. We go all out from pancakes, waffles, eggs, bacon, croissants, muffins....and so on!