December is a month full of holidays. Groups ranging from Germanic tribes to the Roman populace
celebrated mid-winter festivals during our month of December. Most of them are linked to the winter solstice in some way,
especially in the northern hemisphere. This is because on that day, because of the tilt of the earth’s axis, the daytime
hours are at their shortest in the northern hemisphere, and the nighttime hours are at their longest. (In the southern hemisphere,
it is the other way around.) And this is the reason that most wintertime seasonal holiday traditions have their roots in the
northern hemisphere. December is a month with many holidays reflecting diverse
cultures and ethnicities. How much do you know about the holiday traditions celebrated by people from DIFFERENT cultures?
You will work
in a small group to learn about a winter holiday celebration that may be unfamiliar to you. After researching your assigned
holiday, you and your group will create a scrapbook to teach others about your holiday, using the information you’ve
gathered. Additionally, you will decorate an area of the classroom with symbols and representations of your holiday.
Task 1- Research
a winter holiday celebration to find the answers to the following questions:
What is the background and history of the
What people or groups were important to this
Where and when did the events leading to the
holiday take place?
4. Locate a map that shows where the holiday originated.
Why is it celebrated?
How long does it last?
7. Are there any special activities or dress for the occasion?
8. What is the "traditional" holiday feast? What foods do people eat at this time? Find some recipes.
9. What are the customs, rituals, and traditions of this holiday?
symbols and decorations represent this holiday?
songs are associated with this holiday?
Task 2- Create
a Holiday Scrapbook
Create a scrapbook
to teach others about your holiday, using the information you’ve gathered.
On the first page, write a background article such as "What Is Hanukkah?,"
with the history of the holiday. Provide important facts about the holiday, such as when and why it is celebrated. Include
the holiday name, date of the holiday, place of the tradition or holiday. Then create 4-5 pages in your scrapbook that illustrate
the traditions, customs, history, rituals, people, symbols, etc. that are a part of the holiday.
Include drawings, pictures, holiday songs, games, cards, recipes, symbols, traditions,
Create other items such as cards and letters or other Holiday mementos you want to include in your Christmas
scrapbook pages. Other details, such as funny or touching incidents that occurred during the Holidays would also add a personal
touch to your scrapbook.
Add captions for each picture or object you include.
Include inspirational quotes or poetry about the holiday as well.