At this time of the year Christmas is full steam ahead at our house, but because we live in Australia we are also celebrating the end of the school year here and recogising all the hard work and growing up the kids have done across the year and getting ready for the summer holidays.
But these are not the only celebrations that are happening at this time of the year, and while my kids know a little bit about Chanukah, and understand that it is winter and there winter based celebrations happening on the other side of the world, this year they are keen to know more so we’ve been hunting down some information, ideas, activities and links…
A Jewish Homeschool Blog has a fabulous selection of Chanukah activities, we especially like the Menorah made with the tap tap (hammer and nail set)
For even more Chanukah activity ideas, Living Montessori Now has a huge list of links and ideas.
While we are a little late for Dwali which was in November, my kids loved the idea of making a Floating Rangoli shared at Mommy Labs, and she also shared a great round up of more beautiful Rangoli here.
This lovely post about Saint Nicholas Day or ‘Szent Mikulás’ by Mamma Pea Pod was a great way for my kids to learn a little of the history of Santa, as well as a new (to us) celebration.
We’ve also been reading and talking about the Winter Solstice as so many of our Christmas traditions come from Europe and based around the winter solstice… but since it is also the Summer Solstice here next week we discovered this lovely post from Love in the Suburbs.
What are you celebrating at this time of the year?
Please feel free to leave a link to a blog post you’ve written about your own celebrations and traditions