My mom and a few of her closest friends, painted the nativity many years ago. The grandchildren and my parents set out the nativity each year on Thanksgiving. I could write about this tradition of setting up the nativity. My dad gets the boxes out of the attic. The little ones are under his feet ‘helping.’
As a new member joins the family they receive a stocking that stays at my parents’ house. My parents have 4 children who now have married. We also have stockings at our own houses for our children. I cross-stitched stockings for my 4 ‘Smith’ family members at our house. I could write about this. The grandchildren write notes to the Santa sometimes. We put candy in the stockings sometimes. We don’t really have one tradition of what is done with stockings at my parents.
I could write about decorating the tree on Thanksgiving at my parents. The grandchildren help Grandpa decorate the tree. The bottom half that they can reach is well decorated. I remember the year the tree fell over!
Writing about an object is an effective writing lesson. I wrote objects in June. http://writingeverydayworks.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/connections-to-special-object-hats/ I find there are so many objects related to the Christmas holidays that students could write about: stockings, christmas trees, dinner, etc.
It is not that Christmas objects is so important, it is just that kids are so excited about Christmas, so how can I help connect what they are excited to to real writing?
What is helpful to my students is getting to the WHY and HOW. Why is the object important and special? Why are you remembering the object?
If you have students who don’t celebrate Christmas or if you are not allowed to discuss Christmas see my link for ideas. Also, you could discuss FOOD items (objects). I remember making cookies, cupcakes, special pies with family members for holidays.
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