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Wishing you a happy Yule and a bright solstice!



December 13 is Lucia Day

Christmas in Sweden

Rick Steves' European Christmas: Norway

"December 13th was also the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, in the old
'Julian' Calendar and a pagan festival of lights in Sweden was turned into St. Lucia's Day".


Menorah Chanukah (Hanukkah) dreidel

Chanukah (Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication) for Hebrew Year 5783
begins at sundown on Sunday, December 18, 2022 and ends at nightfall on Monday,
26 December 2022. Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,”
celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods
source = chabad.org
Hannukah a video by Miyam Bialik, PhD. and TV star! Humourous and accurate!
How to Light the Menorah (Do it right!)
Want to know more? Go to Chabad.org
Everything about Chanukah basics, history, customs, ceremonies, recipes, kids games.

Hanukkah (links to a site)


26 More Easy Christmas Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers from Happy Hooligans. "26 MORE easy Christmas ornaments that are quick to set up and simple to do! All of the homemade ornaments in this collection are perfect for last minute Christmas crafting sessions, and if your kids like to give hand-made goodies to friends and relatives, these make terrific little gift and gift-toppers."


Pinterest150 Christmas Crafts for Kids to Do has a variety of kid-friendly craft projects. Different levels of difficulty for different age and ability levels.


Christmas in the Middle Ages "This feature looks at the origins of Christmas and how it was celebrated in the Middle Ages. It includes links to articles related to this topic." Three short videos discuss Origins, What went on at Christmas, Christmas Plays, Christmas Carols. Each has a short text of the same name. Excellent videos! There's also a section about Christmas trees, and some good links at the end.


Crystallized Icicle Ornaments with Borax

icecicle ornaments for preschool-

Make shimmering crystallized icicle ornaments with
pipe cleaners, Borax and water! It's a classic science
experiment and a Christmas craft all in one! From
Happy Hooligans
"Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Presch

claus.com Naughty or Nice list

Check out the Naughty or Nice list at Claus.com!


Christmas from GirlsGoGames Lots of games with links to even more!


Christmas from Primary Games including the awesome sugar, sugar
hat else needs saying? It's Primary Games, so you know they'll have
TONS of games and plenty of other things to see and do.


Christmas & New Years from Squigly's Playhouse.
Online games, pictures, crafts, puzzles.


Christmas Around the World - Christmas Cultures from whychristmas.com.
"Find out about Christmas Traditions around the world and how Christmas
is celebrated in different countries and cultures." There's a list of 60 countries to click on!


December Holidays section of Appless4theTeacher. This covers classroom activities and games for:
Hanukkah, Winter, Christmas Fun, Religious Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's. Good collection in one place.


Merry-Christmas online games selection.




North Pole Excellent site, many sections, Elf Academy has good games for making change and telling time.


Santa Claus Animation Station "Santa Claus Christmas Website for Kids. Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa with SANTA CLAUS, Elves and Reindeer. An Animated, Interactive, FREE North Pole Christmas Tradition Since 1996!" Animations, videos, songs, and more games that you can shake a stick at! Where else can you watch Santa play beach volleyball?
New in 2020: Free Santa Claus Games NOT Flash games. Playable on all devices!


Six White Boomers - a unique Santa song from Australia! (with lyrics)

Listen to the song here!



Click on the pic to see Santa dancing at a powwow (video)!


A "drum" is a team of drummers who play at powwows. Powwows.com once had a
list of 1,432 drums from all over North America. Much like rock bands, some drums
constantly change people and names; others go on for years just adding younger
family members. There are two main styles: Northern and Southern.
For more information, Powwows.com is a good place to start.

Las Posadas

In the Philippines, it's called Panunulúyan!

Celebrating the Nativity, Dec 16 -24. December 24th, Christmas Eve, is
called Nochebuena in Mexico.

So let Mary and Joseph in and bust those piñatas, kiddos!

Meanwile, in Island...


Celebrating Christmas with 13 trolls
"The Icelandic Christmas period is an intriguing mixture
of religious practice and traditional folklore, beginning
on 23 December and ending on Epiphany, 6 January.
As many countries do, Iceland celebrates Chrismas
mostly with good food and gifts to loved ones, but
unlike most countries that have a single
Father Christmas / Santa Claus character, Icelandic
children are fortunate enough to be visited by
13 Yule Lads. Other Christmas stories are rather bleak
in nature, perhaps reflecting the harshness of winter and
the isolation of the community in previous centuries."








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