Merry Christmas!

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Santa, when he was a Rockette

On Thursday at school, my students and I read some articles I had downloaded from the History Channel's Web site. The first one discussed this history of Ramadan, the second one discussed the history of Hannukah, and the third one, of Christmas.  My students are struggling readers, so it was an adventure to pronounce the exotic words in the various texts.  The Muslim kids helped us out with the Ramadan-related words, and I got us through the various mythological terms connected to Christmas, but we were on our own the the Hebrew words.  Still, I had enough Sunday schooling to know the story keep the conversation going. 

The Muslim kids were able and happy to share information about their faith and traditions. The Latino kids told us about the variations on the Christmas theme that take place in their respective places of origin. It became a conversation about faith and family, feasting and friends, commitment and love. It also became a conversation about language--the significance of the letters of the Arabic alphabet, taking the name of the Prophet Mohammed, the Jewish alphabet and the naming ceremony, Christmas and all the words that are part of it from various pagan traditions that are with us to this day.  The kids were able to read and talk peacefully and respectfully and generously.  The bottom line for all three festivals: feasting, giving gifts, loving children.

So goes life in the inner city.

Comments

  1. Merry Christmas&Happy New Year!!!
    :-)

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  2. Merry Christmas! Peace, Joy, Love and Kindness to you today and all the year through!

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  3. and you are making your contribution to peace and understanding among your students...

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  4. What a wonderful opportunity you provided for Peace on earth, goodwill towards all men! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful Christmas yourself!

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  5. Sandy, a lovely Christmas story, sowing the seed of understanding and peace.

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  6. Sandy, I wish you a Serene and Joyful Christmas!

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  7. so nice to hear each culture's traditions. in the case of the philippines, we spent the longest christmas celebration in the world. lol

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  8. So goes life everywhere. Eat drink and be merry, especially on christmas. I hope you and yours had a great day.

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  9. Well done! That is something special you have done :D

    Merry Christmas!

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  10. Good one, Merry Christmas!!!

    Following your blog now :)

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  11. Sounds like a great day of sharing and discussion in school on Thursday. We could learn something from your students on how to conduct ourselves.

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  12. Merry Christmas Sandy and I love the Santa :)

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  13. I'm glad you share the lessons you learn and teach with us! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  14. I grew up in the inner city (Bronx, N.Y.). Trust me, I never had a teacher like you, who honored my heritage.

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