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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone! Kaylee Rodgers sings a Christmas Hallelujah

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Christmas Stockings

Here’s a simple, fun, and educational  activity for your kiddos.  Students learn some of the common design elements of the Pennsylvania Dutch style, and use the information to create a cut-and-paste Christmas stocking.  Directions, tracers, and background information are all … Continue reading

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Persimmon Pudding

For an old-fashioned New Year’s desert, how about Persimmon Pudding?  It’s easy, delicious, and beautiful.  The persimmons must be ripe, feeling very much like a water balloon.  Pull off the tough leathery skin, cut out the core, and cut into … Continue reading

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Vitula’s Christmas Bells

Vitula’s Christmas Bells are pretty complicated and involves rolling dough, but it’s my favorite Christmas cookie.  I have used this recipe with children, even as young as kindergarten, but it takes a considerable amount of adult supervision.  Maybe you’ll want … Continue reading

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Almond Bark Nuts

A few years ago, one of my teaching colleagues introduced me to almond bark.  It’s a type of baking chocolate that is very inexpensive (around $2 for a pound).  You can find it at WalMart (R) at Christmas time, but … Continue reading

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Snowballs

Snowball Cookies (my name for them) are generally called “Mexican Wedding Cakes”, or “Sandies.”  They are quick, easy, and delicious.  They require rolling into balls, so have hand sanitizer available.  (If you’re really worried about germs, you can have the … Continue reading

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Ring the Bells

Ring the Bells is a fun flash card game for the Christmas season.  Get a golden plastic bell and hang it high on your classroom ceiling.  Make a few Snowballs_from_Yarn and get ready for a rip-roaring time.  (This game works best … Continue reading

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Persimmon Cookies

During my teaching career, the only Christmas baking I ever got to do was with the students in my class.  I loved the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, filling it with studies of the customs and traditions we celebrate in … Continue reading

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Magic Elf Mix

The three weeks of school between Thanksgiving and Christmas break were always my favorite time of the year.  I never worked in a school that outlawed Christmas, for which I’m eternally grateful.  Everywhere I worked we did it up big–concerts, … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Dutch Stockings

Just about every year I taught a unit on colonial America in November, I always continued the unit in December, using a holiday theme to study decorative arts of the period.  Here is a little project that creates a Christmas … Continue reading

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