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www.fridayschildmontessori.com
The team here at   Friday’s Child Montessoriwant to wish you and your family awonderful Christmas and summer         holid...
It’ll be a while until we see our young    friends back here at our earlychildhood centre, as we’re all going tobe having ...
For our last article for 2012, we  thought we’d leave you with a few    stories related to a few of our Christmas traditio...
Father Christmas/Santa Claus(current tradition): Up in the North   Pole where the Northern Lights  flicker, a mysterious a...
In the lead up to Christmas, he makes up a list of children, notingwhether they have been naughty or                nice.
The good children get presents instockings left hanging by the chimney or at the end of the bed (it doesn’t            mat...
The naughty ones get their stockings full of coal. He harnesses up a sleighpulled by eight (or maybe nine) flyingreindeer,...
The other reindeer are named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.
These reindeer fly through the air asSanta travels the world at midnight,entering homes through the chimney        and lea...
Custom dictates that you leave him athank-you gift and possibly a letter. What to leave him as a snack variesfrom home to ...
You also leave a carrot for thereindeer. In the morning, there will   be other traces of the white- bearded gentleman’s vi...
You may also find bits of soot andash on the hearth from his entry and exit. Sometimes, Father Christmas         also leav...
And what does he do when there is    no chimney on the house?
This question was burning in the minds of children on the other side   of the Tasman in Christchurch where many homes had ...
The newspaper was quick to respond: he comes in through the window or  the ranch slider, which you leaveopen for him and h...
He probably has similar arrangements         in the Gold Coast.
Reading material related to this   branch of the tradition are theclassic poem “Twas the night before Christmas” (also kno...
The latter is bases on a series of  letters that arrived for JRRT’schildren over the years and contains   many classic Tol...
elves that battle goblins, magicalbears, strange languages, poetry,getting lost in caves and a white-bearded wizard who’s ...
More Christmas Fun stories              atwww.fridayschildmontessori.com
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Merry christmas – and some stories

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http://www.fridayschildmontessori.com/blog/merry-christmas-and-some-stories/ 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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Merry christmas – and some stories

  1. 1. www.fridayschildmontessori.com
  2. 2. The team here at Friday’s Child Montessoriwant to wish you and your family awonderful Christmas and summer holiday period.
  3. 3. It’ll be a while until we see our young friends back here at our earlychildhood centre, as we’re all going tobe having a bit of a break. Enjoy this time with your family – we certainly will be.
  4. 4. For our last article for 2012, we thought we’d leave you with a few stories related to a few of our Christmas traditions and give some tips for other places you can findsome good reading material to share with your family, young and old, during this season.
  5. 5. Father Christmas/Santa Claus(current tradition): Up in the North Pole where the Northern Lights flicker, a mysterious and magical figure lives, where he makes wonderful toys with the help of his elfin helpers.
  6. 6. In the lead up to Christmas, he makes up a list of children, notingwhether they have been naughty or nice.
  7. 7. The good children get presents instockings left hanging by the chimney or at the end of the bed (it doesn’t matter which).
  8. 8. The naughty ones get their stockings full of coal. He harnesses up a sleighpulled by eight (or maybe nine) flyingreindeer, headed up by the red-nosed Rudolph.
  9. 9. The other reindeer are named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.
  10. 10. These reindeer fly through the air asSanta travels the world at midnight,entering homes through the chimney and leaving presents.
  11. 11. Custom dictates that you leave him athank-you gift and possibly a letter. What to leave him as a snack variesfrom home to home: in the USA, milk and cookies are usually left, butmince pies and glasses of sherry are the preferred offering in the UK.
  12. 12. You also leave a carrot for thereindeer. In the morning, there will be other traces of the white- bearded gentleman’s visit: crumbs from the cookies or the pie, the empty glass and the end of the carrot.
  13. 13. You may also find bits of soot andash on the hearth from his entry and exit. Sometimes, Father Christmas also leaves a letter.
  14. 14. And what does he do when there is no chimney on the house?
  15. 15. This question was burning in the minds of children on the other side of the Tasman in Christchurch where many homes had lost their bigold chimneys thanks to an earthquake.
  16. 16. The newspaper was quick to respond: he comes in through the window or the ranch slider, which you leaveopen for him and he will close behind him.
  17. 17. He probably has similar arrangements in the Gold Coast.
  18. 18. Reading material related to this branch of the tradition are theclassic poem “Twas the night before Christmas” (also known as “A visit from Saint Nicholas”) and JRRTolkien’s “Father Christmas Letters”.
  19. 19. The latter is bases on a series of letters that arrived for JRRT’schildren over the years and contains many classic Tolkien elements:
  20. 20. elves that battle goblins, magicalbears, strange languages, poetry,getting lost in caves and a white-bearded wizard who’s skilled with fireworks.
  21. 21. More Christmas Fun stories atwww.fridayschildmontessori.com

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