Monday, December 11
Today we had slow start arriving to circle. When I find myself getting frustrated in circle, I try to remind myself that these kids are 4 and 5 years-old. They come to circle and are ready to talk, listening is more difficult, but they still manage to take something away with them.
We were talking about the winter solstice today which was quickly passed by in order to talk about Christmas. Later there was a long discussion regarding why Rudolf was needed to guide Santa’s sleigh. This is not usually where I try to lead the kids during the holidays, but it was fascinating to listen to them explain that “Santa couldn’t see the chimneys without Rudolf’s red nose” and “Santa is magic”. Last week, we talked about Hanukah and Christmas and, not for the first time nor I’m sure the last, no one seemed to realize that Christmas is the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus and that not everyone celebrates Christmas.
With all of this in mind, I would like to let you know that I believe in differences and the joy of diversity. I will continue to talk about the holidays as a way to compare the similarities and the differences of each holiday. If you find yourself in a quandary this holiday season while talking about why some people celebrate Christmas and others celebrate Hanukah, or why some people who celebrate Christmas may also celebrate Santa Lucia or Los Posadas, remind your kids that we all have our traditions. Some things are the same, and others are different. One is not right and the other wrong, they are just different, and I celebrate differences!
My thanks to Marya and Michelle for all of their help today. Please enjoy the pictures the kids were pretty great today (even if I had some frustration!)