Festivus, is this a real thing?
Our students didn’t spend the day watching old Seinfeld clips, but we learned about Festivus.
Daniel O’Keefe founded Festivus in 1966 to commemorate his first date with his wife Deborah. His son was then one of the writers on the popular show Seinfeld and he wrote Festivus in to the show. We spent the day learning about all the holidays we are going to be discussing in the next month.
We read Happy All-idays by Cindy Jin.
The students put up a tree and discussed what makes a tree a Christmas Tree. Is it the lights? Is it the ornaments? What makes a tree a Christmas Tree? We also discussed that not everyone celebrates Christmas. Happy All-idays allowed us the opportunity to talk about Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Chrismukkah and so many more. Today we started our ALL-IDAYS celebration.
We started to decorate our tree. Miss Sherry bought ornaments for each kid, but in order to get the ornament to put on the tree you had to read a book about the ornament. The kids went on a hunt in the Library to find books about their ornaments.
Miss Sherry’s ornament was a cup of hot cocoa. We read The Sweet Story Of Hot Chocolate by Stephen Krensky. Hot Cocoa was the first ornament on the tree. Grandma Library made us delicious hot chocolate.
Some of the other books read for ornaments were:
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
Rocket’s 100th Day of School
Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcakes
The Berenstain Bears’ New Pup
Pete The Cat Snow Daze
If You Give A Dog A Donut
If You Give A Cat A Cupcake
8 Little Planets
and so many more.