Saturday, December 24, 2011

Explaining Christmas

Amidst all the holiday stuff Ashley brought home, was this, an assignment to explain the three December holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah,and Kwanzaa), which they've been talking about the last week in school:

In case, the 1st grade phonetics are hard for you, here's the translation:
Christmas is about Jesus and having fun with your family and friends. You get presents. And Hanukkah is another holiday. Kwanzaa is too. You put up your decorations like ornaments and wreaths and mistletoe. Love Ashley. 
So she may be a little fuzzy about the meaning behind Hanakkah and Kwanzaa (although she did teach me that Kwanzaa actually started in the United States, not Africa, and she has been singing the dreidel song repeatedly), but I was impressed that presents were third on her list of what Christmas means.

It's hard as a parent to know how well you're imparting your values to your kids -- but looks like we've communicated the meaning behind Christmas pretty well.

Here's hoping that you have lots of opportunity to enjoy family and friends this weekend!

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