December 2008

Here in New England we have already been visited by Father Frost with a dusting of snow this past weekend. The nights are shorter, the days bitter cold, but I am warmed by the good company of family, friends, and of course, stories!

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, may your December be filled with grace.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season,

This illustration is The Frost by Arthur A. Dixon 1920: Courtesy of Jackie Baldwin at

"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings."                  - Eric Hoffer


Christmas Language Arts Plan - For Grades 3 - 8

December Holidays Around the World - A wonderful lesson plan to mix in some mulicuturalisim as we step into the season.

The Gift of Holiday Traditions - Activity ideas for Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas.

Kwanzaa - Teacher Resources - While the title suggests that the only resources are for the celebration of Kwanzaa, there is also information and, crafts and lessons plans for Christmas, Hanukkah, winter and more.

Lesson Plan for The Twelve Months - Elementary to Junior High

Chinese New Year - Ring in the new year with crafty fun! Lanterns, tangrams, dragon puppets and more.

For more information and stories on this festive event go to the February 7 date on my blog at

If you love the above illustration, then give yourselves a treat; take some time and visit Jackie Baldwin's site. Looking for that unique holiday gift? Jackie offers a wide array of notepads, stationery and more with breathtaking fairy tale and folklore illustrations from long ago. In addition, with the help of Storytell listserv members, Jackie has compiled an extensive array of stories and books. You will discover your own private folklore library right at your fingertips.


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Christmas Crafts and Printables

DLTK 'S Holiday Crafts - "Crafts to help you decorate, games to help you celebrate, worksheets to challenge your mind and songs to sing together!"

Gingerbread Man Ornaments - Preschool

Holiday Origami
Spice up your holiday stories with two easy to do origami folds; a star
and a Christmas tree

Penguin Fun! Coloring pages, mazes, worksheets, songs, riddles and more!

"Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts
which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life."

                                         - Jesse Lee Bennett

STORIES - Storyteller Eshu Bumpus generously shares a selection of folktales, highlighting the seven principles of Kwanzaa.

Holiday and Winter Tales - Warm up your winter with folktales of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and other stories of the season.

Nursery Rhymes Online - Like Alice in Wonderland you can fall down this hole and find a world of wonder! Rhymes, riddles, proverbs, fairy tales, crafts, activities and more!

The Baker's Dozen - A charming folktale of generosity that harkens back to a story published in 1836 and perhaps further, retold by storyteller and author Aaron Shepherd.

After you read the story, add some delicious fun by making some of your very own St Nicholas cookies. You can find the recipe here:

The Twelve Month Brothers - Ukrainian folktale to complement the lesson plan in the Curriculum Connections section.

In the Company of a Star - A lovely holiday cut and tell shared with the generous permission of the author, Susan Dailey.

Helping Through the Holidays and Beyond

Give A Good Card - Give a gift card for charity where the recipients get to donate to their charity of choice.

Oxfam America Unwrapped - For those of us who are blessed to have what we need, why not wrap up your holiday spirit and pick one of the 120 countries from around the world to help? Whether our budget is small or large, we can all do our part to help others in need.

RX for the Holiday Blues - The holidays can bring lots of happiness but also some unneeded stress. If you are feeling a bit blue during this season of white, stop by and read some of the helpful tips and you will be in the pink in no time at all!

Stress Relief - Coping With Life in a Difficult World - Read some of these interesting tips that will help put some spring back into your step!