Week #1: Giving Gifts - Showing Love
Story: The Gift of the Magi
When we exchange gifts, we are looking for just the right present to make our loved ones light up and know that we had picked something just for them, because we knew they would love it. Giving and receiving gifts is a tradition in many holidays. This week, we turn to the work of O. Henry, an American writer, who wrote the classic story “The Gift of the Magi’ in 1905.
Week #2: The Light of the Menorah
Story: One Little Candle
Hanukkah is an eight day holiday that celebrates a miracle. This year it is celebrated from December 16 through December 24.
Week #3: Christmas: Joyful Tidings
Story: The Birth of Jesus
Christmas is the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Jesus was a Teacher to all of us because he knew his connection to God. Jesus was love in action. He gave many lessons to his followers that are recorded in the Bible. During his life, he helped many understand their connection to God and now, two thousand years after his birth, he continues to teach all of us about our connection to God.
Week #4: Kwanzaa: Honoring Spirit
Story: Anansi and his Sons
Kwanzaa is an African American secular holiday which is celebrated from December 26th until New Year’s Day. Dr. Maulana Karenga first envisioned the idea for a cross-national African holiday as a way to bring African Americans together as a community and family. This year’s theme, 2014, is “Celebrating and Living Kwanzaa, Sowing and Harvesting Seeds of Good.”
October's lessons use song, dance and stories from Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish and Native American traditions. For Halloween, we partner with UNICEF for children helping children. The idea of raising money for children in need was the brainchild of Reverend Clyde Allison and demonstrates to all of us how one thought can change the world.
October's Theme: Creative Play
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Week #1: The Laughing Buddha
Week #2: Dance: Expressing Joy
Week #3: Music: The Sound of Spirit
Week #4: Halloween: Children Helping Children