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Explaining other holidays…

It was the Friday before Christmas and this was a conversation that I had with one of my students

Student: What is this? (Holding up a picture of a Hanukkah candlestick)

Me: It’s a Hanukkah candlestick

Student: What does this have to do with Christmas?

Me: Hanukkah is a holiday that is celebrated around Christmas by some people

Student: People who don’t celebrate Christmas hate Jesus.

Me: That isn’t true. People can celebrate other holidays and not celebrate Christmas but that doesn’t mean they hate Jesus.

Student: Who celebrates Hanukkah?

Me: People of the Jewish religion.

Student: They hate Jesus.

Me: No, many of the Jewish people do not believe that Jesus is God.

Student: Well they killed Jesus..oh wait its ok they killed a white man.

 

Excuse me?!?! Being that this student is in the 5th grade, I am thinking there is only one place that I can think of that this is being said…in the home. I get that America hasn’t always treated people correctly but when can we get passed the past?? As a country, we have been trying to make up our mistreatment to the African Americans, Native Americans, Japanese Americans and who knows who else.. As one of the “white people”, I’ve not nothing against any of these groups of people. I do my best to show respect for everyone until they do something to lose my respect. As adults, it is our responsibility to teach the children to respect all ethnicities  BUT the parents need to support this as well. I honestly am tired of hearing how racist white people are.

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Holiday Traditions

So the holidays are approaching and it is my favorite time of the year. Not because of the presents and the time off work (although I do love the time off work!!) but because of the time I get to spend with my family. This time of year is all about family to me. I think back about our traditions we do or did every year.

I think my favorite tradition was listening to the Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens on the radio every Christmas Eve. We would all sit in the living room with the radio on, doing a puzzle or just sitting, and listen. We did not grow up with a TV in our home so we never watched it.

What is one of your favorite traditions during the holidays? I would love to hear them 🙂

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