In “Celebrate! The Holidays”, our MVP Kids® experience the wonder and delight of the winter holidays. With a universal spirit of giving, they celebrate holidays from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Come along and see how experiencing others’ traditions can deepen friendships and promote empathy and understanding.
Here are some facts about 5 winter holidays that come straight from the back page of this book in our Helpful Teaching Tips.
Christmas is celebrated every December 25th. Santa Claus is based off of the tradition of Saint Nicholas and is fabled to live at the North Pole.
Christians commemorate December 25th as the birth of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible in Luke chapter 2.
Even though the season in which Ramadan takes place changes based on the lunar calendar, we’ve included it has a Islamic holiday celebration. The most significant Islamic holiday is Ramadan, which is celebrated for an entire month. It celebrates the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad. The last day of Ramadan is called ‘Eid al Fitr’. On that day families dress in their best clothing, attend prayer at the mosque and give to the poor.
Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration also known as the “Festival of Lights.” It is a celebration dating back to 165 BCE when the Jewish Maccabees drove the Syrian army out of Jerusalem and reclaimed their temple. The temple had an “eternal flame” that was meant to be always burning. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and a candle is lit on the menorah (lamp stand) each night until all eight are lit. The dreidel is a game children play to win candy. The characters on each side stand for “A great miracle happened there.”