Christmas story at fridays child montessori


Published on Friday’s Child Montessori wishes all our readers, pupils and parents a happy Christmas. Several short stories about our Christmas traditions are presented, including Father Christmas as we know him today, the historical Saint Nicholas, Strega Nona and Babushka who is known in Italy and Russia and is probably Mother Christmas, the Magi and the story behind Hanukah. Some family reading is suggested – but avoid A Christmas Carol, as it could be too scary for pre-schoolers.

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Christmas story at fridays child montessori

  2. 2. Saint Nicholas (historical):In about 300 AD or thereabouts, there was a bishop in a town in Turkey who was renowned for his kindness and generosity as well as his piety and religious zeal.
  3. 3. He was imprisoned for his beliefs under the Roman emperor Diocletian but escaped being thrown to the lions and lived on in peace.
  4. 4. One day, he heard that one man in hischurch was very poor and his daughters were going to have to be sold into slavery to pay their debts.
  5. 5. To save the young women from this plight, he secretly entered their house at night and left a gift of money forthem, and this money ended up in their stockings.
  6. 6. His feast day was celebrated on the 6thDecember and in Holland for centuries, in particular, he rode at night on his white horse leaving gingerbread for good children (but watch out for his assistant, Black Peter, who carries a bundle of sticks for the naughty children…).
  7. 7. Babushka and Strega Nona:Ever wondered if there’s a Mother Christmas?
  8. 8. Children in Russia and in Italy would say yes, and they call her Babushka (Granny) or Strega Nona (Granny Witch) respectively.
  9. 9. She may be the same as Mother Hollen or Grandmother Winter in German folktales. This is the tale that would have been familiar to Maria Montessori.
  10. 10. They say she was an innkeeper who hosted the Magi on their way to visit the Christ Child. They asked her toaccompany them with a gift but unlikethe Little Drummer Boy, she declined.
  11. 11. Later, she regretted her decision andnow she wanders the world leaving gifts for every child. Traditionally, she paid her visit on the 6th January – the 12th Day of Christmas and the feast of the epiphany.
  12. 12. The Magi appear in the Biblical account of the birth of Christ as the wise men from the east who follow a star as they bring their gifts of gold,frankincense and myrrh to the one born to be king.
  13. 13. Tradition has elaborated on the Biblicalaccount and states that there are three of them and that they are kings.
  14. 14. The three kings are supposed torepresent the three main ethnic groups of the Old World: Asian/Middle Eastern, European and African.
  15. 15. The Asian king is Caspar orGaspard; he is an old man and his gift is gold. Melchior is the European king; he is middle-aged and his gift isfrankincense. Balthazar is the young African king and his gift is myrrh.
  16. 16. The Biblical account can be read in theBible itself (the gospels of Matthew and Luke), or you can find a children’s version with pictures quite easily.
  17. 17. Hanukah and the Festival of Lights: During the time when Judas Maccabeus was leading the Jewishpeople in a rebellion against the Greeks who were occupying their land.
  18. 18. Maccabeus managed to recapture and rededicate the temple in Jerusalem, which had been desecrated.
  19. 19. When the lamps were lit in the temple,they burned for days and days without the oil being renewed, so this festivalbecame the festival of lights as well as the festival of the rededication of the temple.
  20. 20. Intriguingly, this is the celebration that Jesus would have celebrated, eventhough we now celebrate his birthday at this time of year.
  21. 21. Charles Dickens’ tale A Christmas Carolis often read, performed or watched at this time of year.
  22. 22. However, it’s best to leave this one untilthe children are a bit older, as some of those ghosts are pretty scary for younger people, especiallyMarley’s Ghost and Christmas Future.
  23. 23. Telling ghost stories is traditional for Christmas, as it was held that nothing evil could be abroad on the holy nightbetween Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning, so it was safe to while thelong, dark night away by telling spooky stories. Charles Dickens’ tale was written as part of this tradition.
  24. 24. Have a wonderful Christmas and we’ll see you all atFriday’s Child Montessori in 2013.
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