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4th Grade Studies Holiday Traditions in Europe
Fourth grade students at New Town are enjoying learning about the different holiday traditions followed in Europe. Christmas is celebrated in different ways, varying by country and by region. Elements common to many areas include the lighting of Christmas trees, the hanging of wreaths, decorating a Nativity scene and giving gifts.
The evergreen Christmas tree, like ivy and holly, is the symbol of eternal life. This tradition is first mentioned in the 16th century, in Germany. Very early on, the Christmas tree was covered with various decorations and candles to light it up when Christmas came. In Hungary for example, the tree is decorated with biscuits, sweets and chocolates, which can be eaten from December 24, making sure that the colored wrappers are not removed, so as not to leave the tree bare. In Greece, the Christmas tree was adopted much later, but people grow a Christmas rose called Ellebore and decorate a ship as a symbol of St Nicholas.Full Story
Kindergarten students at their Thanksgiving feast
Kindergarten Students at New Town are grateful for what they have this Thanksgiving season. Each Kindergarten class made Native American costumes by dyeing t-shirts to look like animal hides. They painted Native American symbols on them, too.
Pocahontas came to visit and told us the story of her life. Then a Pilgrim came to eat lunch with us. We learned so much about the Colonial Days in America and the voyage from Europe by the Pilgrims who were in search of religious freedoms.Full Story