Well I guess this is our last day together till after the holidays. We will meet again on January 6, 2014. Grandma will go back into the bible and finish the Psalms, proverbs and the rest before we move on the the rest of Jesus life and the end of the New Testament when we meet again. Grandma will try to Give the calendar up to the 1st. Be prepared for the 1800 time line strips upon your return. Grandma wanted to cover more in the time we had but things just don't always work out the way you want them to sometimes. I am going to cover the last of the Christmas information I have. I will cover what I have on the other countries in Europe when we get back together. I will cover some more games.
History follows the Louisiana Purchase and the Wagon trails before the Civil War. However, Grandma is going to cover the Civil War first because Kwanzaa begins right after X-mas and we will be running into Martin Luther Kings birthday shortly after the 6th. Hopefully, Grandma will have time to get some more things lined up and ahead a little. She may be very busy during the holidays and afterwards.
These little messages are in the little pop-up book Grandma has.
In Italy "children get gifts from a little old witch named La Befana. She slides down the chimney on her broom handle, leaving candy and toys for good children, and stones, charcoal or ashes for bad children."
In Sweden "the Christmas season begins December 13 on the feast of Saint Lucia. Often, the oldest daughter of the house dresses as Saint Lucia by putting on a crown of seven candles, then serves her parents biscuits and coffee in bed."
In France "Père Noël brings candy and nuts to good children and fills shoes placed near the chimney with sweets. Père Fouitland carries a bag of switches for the naughty children. Sometimes twigs tied with a ribbon are left to remind children to be good."
In Hungary "an angel brings gifts to good little children in Hungary. The tradition says that on Christmas Eve, the angel sets up a tree and places gifts under it. Then she blesses the sleeping children before she returns to heaven.
"In the Netherlands, St. Nicholas brings the children holiday gifts. Riding a white horse, he wears a large red cape and carries a shepherd's crook. Gifts are left in the children's wooden shoes, and the children leave water, hay and sugar for St. Nicholas' horse."
"In Russia each Christmas Eve, children sing Kolyada songs in honor of the beautiful elf maiden, who wears a white robe trimmed with fur. Like Santa Claus, she rides in a sleigh from house to house and delivers gifts to all good children."
"In England Father Christmas comes dressed in a red suit and hat on Christmas Eve and delivers toys and gifts to children. People decorate their trees with ornaments and lights, and hang stockings on the mantelpiece or bedpost." There are some special things Grandma has learned about England in with a big log is brought in and a big feast is served for several days.
From her Whole Language Celebrations and for the Holidays books grandma has some stories for you. The children can make holiday puppets and scenery to have fun with during the hoilday's. It says not only the tubes can be made into puppets as well as the puppets with finger holes in them but old Christmas card characters can be cut out and put on sticks for puppets.
Following is a poem in the Celebrations book. it is called The 'S' Elf and it is written in ribbon with an elf, bells, a doll in the corner, a drum in the other at the top, a stocking filled, a sled at the bottom across from the elf and holly at the bottom. It reads:
In early days of Christmas land
Young Santas's only aid
Was one small elf who did the chores,
Made toys, but seldom played.
So smart, so swift, so spry was he,
So speedy he became,
So skilled, so spirited with smiles,
That 'S' was soon his name.
Then as one Christmas Eve drew nigh
And 'S' checked Santa's list,
He matched each name with gifts he'd made
To see no one was missed.
Both climbed atop the shiny sleigh
Then flew o'er lands and seas.
And one by one all gifts were placed
In stockings and by trees.
And as their journey neared the end,
Their list one name contained.
They searched the sleigh and sacks for treats,
But not a gift remained.
Young Santa soon grew quite perplexed
With nothing to impart.
He knew the lady yet unserved
And sorrow filled his heart.
A once-strong woman full of love
In action, thought and deed,
But recent tragedies and pain
Had left her much in need.
As they approached her dwelling place
In barren, desert land,
Young Santa turned to 'S' and said,
"I hope you'll understand."
Then Santa gave her all "twas left,
Concluding to himself,
"The greatest gift at any time
Is when you give your 'S'elf!"
--- Flora Joy
The next story is done in a play style with the two different characters. The book suggests two people, preferably a man and a woman. These puppets are designed in which the guy overlaps the ladies neck length hair and her eyes. Therefore, her head is a little narrower and longer than his. When they fit together they form a Christmas tree. She has Christmas tree on the top of her head as a hat. He has three bulbs down the side of his head with a helmet looking hat on. His eyes are like an @ sign, a curve for his dimple cheek, and two small curves to form his nostril. They both look like their mouths are open to form branches and she has a pointed chin. He also has many long whiskers on his face to match the tree part. From the top bulb comes a ribbon across downward with two candy canes on his hat, one small the other larger as part of the outline of his hat to about the height of the second bulb to his neck. Each necks match together to form at round stand. She has two bulbs on her face round like ruge. Probably, the easiest way to do them is to draw a Christmas tree. Cut the face of the lady out without her eye and bangs; then cut the top of the tree off. Take the guy that is the rest of the tree and on another paper or posterboard piece(can use cereal box insides for this also.) Retrace her bottom face that was cut off and carry her eye area upward with bangs below the hat that was cut off and trace the hat of her around and down. Then add hair on the bottom and trace the neck or stem of the tree from his for her. Draw a curvy line across the top of his hat as if the branch overlaps his hat..
Following is the story:
She is Ella and he is Elvin. A discussion about getting along with each other may follow.
Ella: Many, many years ago there lived two green elves. One was named Ella. (Show Ella the character.)
Elvin: And one was named Elvin. (Show Elvin the character)
Ella: Ella and Elvin were in charge of the Christmas decorations each year. During those times only the village square was decorated. No homes or other buildings were decorated, just the village square. Each year the villagers would come in to see Elvin and Ella's decorations. They always made...
Both:...the same decorations.
Elvin: Elvin made wreaths
Ella: and Ella made candy canes.(it shows a candy cane and a wreath)
Elvin: The decorations always looked the same ---year after year...
Elvin: One year Ella made a suggestion.
Ella: Let's do something different this year. I have an idea.
Elvin: Elvin listened to her plan,
Ella: and he said,
Elvin: That's not really a good idea.
Ella: and he told Ella a plan he had thought of.
Elvin: She listened and said,
Ella: Never! That would never work!
Elvin: They argued...
Both:...all night long!
(Shake the characters as if they are arguing
during the above lines.)
Elvin: The hours passed...
Ella:...and the sun began to rise.
Elvin: In the distance they noticed the first villager coming to see the decorations.
Ella: We've argued all night, and we have no decorations!
Elvin: We must do something fast.
Ella: Maybe something will happen if we just stop arguing and put our heads together!
Both: And that's just what they did!
Ella: Together they formed...
Both...the first Christmas tree!
(Elvin's green character is placed atop ella's hair, eye, and bangs. Ella aligns and holds both to form a Christmas tree.)
Ella: The villagers liked it so much that they all got trees for their homes every Christmas after that!
Elvin: Now that is the story of the Green Elves.
Here are some Christmas Riddle Rhymes:
!. What did Rudolph shed the year he thought Santa was not going to let him guide his sleigh?
A dear tear
2. What is a good-natured Christmas plant with red berries called?
3. What is a Christmas plant called that hangs in an igloo?
4. What was Santa's vehicle called when it went off course?
The stray sleigh
5. What is the wooden ledge called where Santa stores his helpers?
The elf shelf
6. What kind of bush did Lassie plant for Christmas?
A collie holly
7. What is December 25 called in the Panama?
8. What did Rudolph become one summer at a grocery store?
A reindeer cashier
"The Christmas Carol Word Challenge
How often do you listen to the actual words of Christmas carols? This fun activity will provide a listening, memory, and spelling challenge. See who can figure out the message first.
1. Add a letter somewhere to the word ARK to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"...Yet in thy_________________streets shinneth
The everlasting light..."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word:_________(1)
2. Add a letter somewhere to the word MID to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"...'Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and _______________..."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word:_________(2).
3. Add a letter somewhere to the word FIST to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"The ____________ Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay..."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word:_________(3)
4. Add a letter somewhere to the word SON to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"...Christmas Eve is coming_____________
Now , you dear old man,
Whisper what you'll bring to me
Tell me if you can."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word:_________(4)
5. Add a letter somewhere to the word ILL to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"...Peace on earth, good____________to men,
From heaven's all gracious King....."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word:_________(5)
6.. Add a letter somewhere to the word Pace to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"..._________on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled..."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word_________(6)
7. Add a letter somewhere to the word TREE to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"We _________________Kings of Orient are,
Bearing gifts we travel afar..."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word_________(7)
8. Add a letter somewhere to the word ROLL to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"..._______________the ancient Yuletide carol,
Fa la la la la la la la la."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word__________(8)
9. Add a letter somewhere to the word VICE to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and _____________...."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word_______(9)
10.Add a letter somewhere to the word YE to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"...____________ in thy dark streets shinneth
The everlasting light....."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word__________(10)
11.Add a letter somewhere to the word EARS to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"...The homes and fears of all the __________
Are met in thee tonight."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word_____(11)
12.Add a letter somewhere to the word GOD to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"___________King Wenceslas looked out,
on the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even..."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word_______(12)
13.Add a letter somewhere to the word ANGLE to form a new word which fits into the following line of a Christmas carol:
"...The chitter and chatter of children's noels
The jingle and ____________ of Santas's sleigh bells..."
In the following space write the single letter needed to form this new word_______(13)
For a very special Christmas message: In the blanks above each of the following numbers write the single letter added (above) for that number.
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ _____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
The Modern Night Before Christmas
Based on "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement C. Moore
"Photocopy the sheets entitled Blank Expression Fun and have individuals or groups write one-word responses for each of these items. Do not indicate that the activity relates to Christmas, but ask them to be as creative as possible as they think of these 92 items. (Responses may be dictated by students who cannot write.) Then copy the story pages following the named items and let the children place their answers in corresponding to the numbers. Read the stories aloud. This activity may be followed by an art lesson in which the students draw Santa Claus or some of the reindeer according to their new descriptions of these characters. Other popular holiday literature passages may be prepared in the like manner.
Blank Expression Fun
1. Name a time of day. 20. Name a piece of furniture.
2. Name a holiday (other than Christmas). 21. Name a part of a house
3. Name a building. 22. Name a part of a house.
4. Name an animal. 23. Name a part of a house.
5. Name an article of clothing. (Make it 24. Name something you might find in the sky.
plural.) 25. Name something that can fall.
6. Name a part of a house. 26. Name a time of day.
7. Name somebody everyone in your 27. Name a part of the body.
family knows. 28. Name a kind of car.
8. Name a boy you know. 29. Name an animal. (Plural)
9. Name a girl you know. 30. Name an occupation.
10.Name a piece of furniture. 31. Name you know.
11 Name something to eat.(Plural) 32. Name a kind of bird. (Plural)
12. Name a part of the body. (Plural) 33. Name an occupation. (Plural)
13. Name a girl you know. 34. Name somebody you know.
14. Name an article of clothing for a girl 35. Name somebody you know.
or woman. 36. Name somebody you know.
15.Name a boy you know. 37. Name somebody you know.
16. Name an article of clothing for a boy 38. Name somebody you know.
or a man. 39. Name somebody you know.
17. Name a part of the body. (Plural) 40. Name somebody you know.
18.Name a season of the year. 41. Name somebody you know.
19.Name something outside in your yard. 42. Name a part of a house.
43. Name a part of a house.
44. Name a type of storm. 69. Name something to eat.
45. Name something you might find in 70. Name a part of the body.
the sky. 71. Name something to eat.
46. Name a part of a house. 72. Name a part of the body.
47. Name an occupation. (Plural) 73. Name a part of the body.
48. Name a kind of car. 74. Name a color.
49. Name somebody in our class. 75. Name something to eat.
50. Name a part of a house. 76. Name something to eat.
51. Name a part of an animal's body. 77. Name a part of the body.
52. Name a part of the body. 78. Name apart of the body.
53. Name a part of the house. 79. Name something you can carry.
54. Name a boy you know. 80. Name a part of the body.
55. Name a kind of material. 81. Name a part of the body.
56. Name a part of the body. 82. Name something to eat.
57. Name a part of the body. 83. Name a word that describes a boy
58. Name an article of clothing. or a man.
59. Name something dirty. 84. Name a word that describes a boy
60. Name something dirty. or a man.
61. Name a toy. (Plural) 85. Name an occupation.
62. Name a part of the body. 86. Name a part of the body.
63. Name an occupation. 87. Name a part of the body.
64. Name a part of the body. (Plural) 88. Name an article of clothing. (Plural)
65. Name a part of the body. (Plural) 89. Name a part of the body.
66. Name a single part of the body. 90. Name a part of the body.
67. Name something to eat. 91. Name a part of the house.
68. Name a part of the body. 92. Name a kind of car.
'Twas the (1)____________before (2)______________, when all through the (3)____________
Not a creature was stirring, not even a (4)_______________;
The (5)____________were hung by the (6)____________with care,
In hopes that (7)____________soon would be there;
(8)____________and (9)_____________were nestled all snug in their (10)______________,
While visions of (11)____________danced in their (12)____________;
And (13)____________in her (14)_______________,and (15)__________in his (16)____________,
Had just settled their (17)____________for a long (18)_____________nap,
When out on the (19)______________there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my (20)______________to see what was the matter.
Away to the (21)____________ I flew like a flash,
Tore open the (22)_____________and threw up the (23)______________.
The (24)______________, on the breast of the new-fallen (25)___________,
Gave a lust of (26)________________to objects below;
When, what to my wnadering (27)______________should appear,
But a miniature (28)_____________, and eight tiny (29)_______________,
With a little old (30)_______________, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be (31)_____________________.
More rapid than (32)__________his (33)_______________ they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
:Now, (34)____________!now, (35)____________!now, (36)___________and (37)______________!
On, (38)__________!on, (39)______________!on, (40)_____________and (41)_______________!
To the top of the (42)_____________, to the top of the (43)_____________!
Now , dash away, dash away, dash away, all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild (44)__________fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the (45)______________,
So, up to the (46)__________the (47)_______________they flew,
With a (48)_______________full of toys--and (49)___________too!
And then in a twinkling I heard on the (50)______________
The prancing and pawing of each little (51)_______________.
As I drew in my (52)______________, and was turning around,
Down the (53)__________________(54)____________came with a bound.
He was dressed all in (55)___________from his (56)_____________to his (57)________________,
And his (58)____________was all tarnished with (59)_____________and (60)_____________;
A bundle of (61)_____________he had flung on his (62)_______________,
And he looked like a (63)______________just opening his pack.
His (64)____________how they twinkled! His (65)_________________how merry!
His (66)____________was like (67)_____________, his (68)_____________like a
(69)_______________; His droll little (70)_____________was drown up like a
(71)______________, And the (72)__________on his (73)___________ was as
The stump of a (76)____________he held tight in his (77)_______________,
And the smoke it encircled his (78)________________like a (79)____________;
He had a broad(80)_______________and a little round (81)_______________
That shook, when he laughed, like a bowlfull of (82)______________.
He was (83)_________________and (84)_______________--a right jolly old
(85)______________; And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his (86)___________, and a twist of his (87)__________________,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the (88)______________; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his (89)_______________aside of his (90)_____________,
And giving a nod, up the (91)____________he rose.
He sprang to his (92)____________, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle;
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!"