Table of Contents

From the book: Living Kindergarten Winter

Introduction                                                    1

Festivals                                                         2

   Advent                                                          3

   St. Nicholas                                                   10

   Santa Lucia                                                    13

   Las Posadas                                                  15

   Hanukkah                                                      16

   Christmas                                                      17

   Twelve Holy Nights                                        25

   Kwanzaa                                                       26

   The New Year                                               26

   Epiphany (or Twelfth Night)                            27

   Candlemas                                                     31

 

Stories                                                             32

   The Story of the Advent Spiral                        32

   Mary’s Journey                                              33

   An Advent Story                                            35

   The Story of St. Nicholas                                37

   The Legend of Baboushka                              38

   The Story of the Little Fir Tree                        40

   Robin Redbreast                                             41

   Snowmaiden                                                  42

 

Crafts, Activities, Circle Games                    45

   Advent                                                         45

      Dish Garden                                                45

      Advent Calendar                                         45

      Mobiles and Dolls for Storytelling                 47

   Las Posadas                                                             48

      The Christmas Posadas Play                        48

      Piñata                                                         49

   Hanukkah                                                    50

      Menorah                                                     50

      Dreidel                                                       51

   Christmas                                                    53

      Nativity                                                       53

      Nativity Circle Play                                                 53

      Starchild Singing Game                                56

   Candelmas                                                   58

      Candle Circle                                              58

      Candle Dipping                                            59

   Winter                                                          60

      Tea Time Circle                                          60

      Woodcutter Circle                                       61

      Dwarf Circle Call and Response                  63

      Snow Circle                                                66

      Shoemaker Circle                                        67

      Wool Gnomes                                             69

      Wool Roving Angels                                    69

      Yarn Children or Angels                              70

      Finger-knitting                                             70

      Pinecone Treats                                          70

      Sewing and Woodworking                            70

      Flannel Doll                                                 71

      Dollhouse Furniture                                     73

 

Recipes                                                           74

   Baked Apples                                                74

   Cheese Ball                                                   74

   Shrimp Dip                                                     74

   Hot Crab Dip                                                             75

   Pumpkin Cookies                                            75

   Vegetable Stew                                              75

   Biscuits                                                          76

   Swedish Sugar Cookies                                   76

   Frosting                                                         76

   Atole                                                                         76

   Lucia Buns                                                    77

   Buñuelos                                                        77

   Potato Latkes                                                             78

 

Suggested Reading                                         79

   Children’s Books                                        79

   Craft Books                                                             80

   Hanukkah Books                                        80

   Books For Parents                                      80