Merry Everything and Happy Whatever!
December is upon us, people, and with it, I have two more weeks until winter break. I'm doing my best to resist frantically shopping. The jury is still out on whether my plan to shop local and take advantage of sales as the holidays get closer is foolhardy.
Our local schools are currently chewing their way through the multi-cultural holiday curriculum, something I'm thrilled about. At least, I was thrilled, until yesterday, when my event-planning six year old came home with stars in her eyes.
"Mom! When are you going to get out the Christmas decorations? What sort of hors d'oeuvres should we serve for Hanukkah? Do you know any songs about New Year's Eve? Can we have a Solstice feast? What about Kwanzaa?"
Indeed. What about Kwanzaa?
As a secular Christmas family (although we do read books about the Baby Jesus,) and someone who merely gives a mental high-five as the Solstice passes and the days begin to lengthen, I'm not sure what to do about Kwanzaa. Or Hanukkah, for that matter. I suspect New Year's Eve will pass with my husband and I in our pajamas, debating whether it's cheating to go to bed before the stroke of midnight like we did last year.
Does anyone have any recommendations of children's books that we could read together to learn more about Kwanzaa and Hanukkah? I've got the Solstice covered - I think we'll have a special breakfast to celebrate the start of the solar year.
I love that she's all about celebrating, and really, do we ever get enough celebrations? I also love to encourage the kids to respect other people's beliefs and to ask questions - what better way to learn than during a joyful time. Now, if I can just keep the dinner courses to a minimum and the guest list to under 50...