These weeks before Winter Vacation find our class traveling by Kinder Air (our very own imaginary airline!) to several northern hemisphere countries to learn about the different ways different cultures and countries celebrate the season. The Winter Solstice, on December 21, is the day of the year when the day and night portions of each day are the most equal. During the fall, the days have been getting shorter and the nights longer, but after the Solstice, the days get longer and the nights get shorter - a marking of the changing seasons. Many cultures have celebrations and ceremonies that involve candlelight as a symbol of this dark part of the year becoming more bright.
We will be 'traveling' from Truckee to Israel, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Russia, Mexico, and back hoe to Truckee, Ca, USA. We'll learn about Hanukkah, Pere Noel, Tannenbaums, Saint Nicholas and Black Pete, Sinter Klausen, Santa Lucia and Starboys and Dala Horses, Las Posadas and Piñatas, Kwanzaa and Santa Claus. The students will be using their passports to record the flags of each nation, filling out and using their boarding passes on our plane, packing their suitcases with souvenirs and activities, and tasting traditional foods from the different cultures.
The following "Prezi" is a presentation of our travels. Just click the forward arrow to come along with us to explore Winter Holidays Around the World!