Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

As we come to the end of the year and winter approaches all too quickly we wanted to take time to acknowledge all the different holidays our students might be celebrating. The resources below provide information, videos, celebratory foods, and traditions on these different holidays. We also wanted to provide you with some culturally aware calendars for the new year so that you can have an inclusive calendar. 

As you might see there are many holidays between now and the beginning of January, but there are many more that we were not able to list just yet. With the large amount of holidays in the winter season, we wanted to remind everyone the importance of wishing students, colleagues, and strangers to have a “Happy Holiday” instead of just “Merry Christmas.” Christmas is only one of the many holidays and just because it is one of the major holidays celebrated – it is not the only holiday. As SEL practitioners we want to make sure we are including all our students in our holiday celebrations. To be more inclusive in your classroom and personal life please check out the Diversity Resources website and January Diversity Calendar 2023, our SEL4CT Diversity and Equity Page and the many resources listed below!

Holiday

Resource

Audience Reading Level

Winter Holidays

Winter Celebrations Around the World (Video)

Children 

 

Winter holidays around the world (Video)

Children

 

Let’s Celebrate: Special Days Around the World (Literally Cultured Read Aloud) (Video)

Children

 

WINTER CELEBRATIONS (Article)

Children

Kwanzaa

What Is Kwanzaa? | How is Kwanzaa celebrated? Learn about Kwanzaa in this fun holiday video for kids (Video)

Children

 

ALL ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS | Kwanzaa | PBS KIDS (Video)

Children

 

Kevin’s Kwanzaa | Children’s Books Read Aloud (Video)

Children

 

Celebrating Kwanzaa (Article)

Children

 

Kwanzaa Traditions for Kids and Families (Article)

Children

 

Kwanzaa: The Food and Traditions (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

12 Kwanzaa Food Traditions You Should Know About (Article)

Teens & Adults

Hanukkah

PBS LEARNING MEDIA | Hanukkah | PBS KIDS (Video)

Children

 

Hanukkah History for Kids Read Aloud (Video)

Children

 

Recipes for Hanukkah (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Hanukkah for Kids – What is Hanukkah #Hanukkah (Video)

Children

 

Hanukkah (Article)

Children

Diwali

All About Diwali for Kids | Twinkl USA (Video)

Children

 

Dipal’s Diwali Story | A Twinkl Diwali Read-Aloud (Video)

Children

 

Diwali: 5 Traditions from India’s Festival of Lights (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Celebrating Diwali Traditions (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Diwali 2022: What Is Diwali? (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

What is Diwali? Food and traditions of the festival of lights (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Diwali: Festival of Lights (Article)

Children

Winter solstice (aka Yule)

The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper and Carson Ellis (Video)

Children

 

Story: The Shortest Day: Celebrating The Winter Solstice (Video)

Children

 

What’s the winter solstice? (Article)

Children

 

7 Winter Solstice Celebrations From Around the World (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

13 Fascinating Winter Solstice Traditions Around the World (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

6 Ways to Celebrate the Winter Solstice (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

The Origins and Traditions of Yule (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

What Is Yule? (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Yule (Dec 21-23) Recipes (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Yule Activities and Facts for Kids (Article)

Children

Christmas

Veggietales Full Episode Merry Larry and The True Light of Christmas  Christmas Cartoons For Kids  (Video)

Children

 

All About Advent for Kids | Twinkl USA (Video)

Children

 

Christmas for Kids | What is Christmas? | History of Christmas | Christmas Traditions | Twinkl USA  (Video)

Children

 

10 FACTS ABOUT CHRISTMAS! (Article)

Children

 

How 25 Christmas Traditions Got Their Start (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Christmas Around the World (Article)

Children, Teens, & Adults

 

How Children celebrate Christmas Around the World (Article)

Children

 

Traditional Christmas dinner menu (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Advent facts for kids (Article)

Children

Three Kings Day

On Three Kings Day / El Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos (THE EPIPHANY) BILINGUAL HOLIDAY BOOK (Video)

Children

 

Epiphany for Kids | 6 January | Twinkl USA (Video)

Children

 

Three Kings Day (Article)

Children

 

Three Kings Day in Puerto Rico: The Complete Guide (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Three Kings Day Bread or Roscón de Reyes (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Epiphany 2021 | Everything you need to know about 3 Kings’ Day (Article)

Teens & Adults

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year traditions and celebrations. Lunar New Year. How Is Chinese New Year Celebrated? (Video)

Children

 

Chinese New Year for Kids (Video)

Children

 

Chinese New Year (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Chinese New Year Traditions (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

12 Traditional Chinese New Year Foods and Their Symbolic Meanings (Article)

Teens & Adults

 

Chinese New Year (Article)

Teens & Adults

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve Facts for Kids | Twinkl USA (Video)

Children

 

New Year’s Day (Article)

Children

 

11 New Year’s Foods For Good Luck (Article)

Teens & Adults

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