Diverse December Holiday School Assembly Program

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December is a month of magic for children in the United States and around the world.  Flying reindeer, magically appearing gifts delivered by a never-to-be-seen giant elf, colored lights everywhere, lighted candles, sugary treats, feasting, unique and significant decorations, and maybe even an epic snowfall mark the wonder of winter holidays.  

Seven candles, the story of an oil lamp that never burned down, and gift-giving for seven days mark a celebration participated in by many Americans. The yearly tradition of Hanukkah memorializes the Israelite's deliverance during the Maccabaean revolt.  

Other American children participate in Kwanzaa, a holiday following Christmas and preceding the New Year. Kwanza celebrates the culture and the heritage of black Americans of African descent. The colors of Kwanzaa, black, red, and green represent the people, the struggle, and their promising future.     

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year, features daily fasting, nightly feasting, prayers and thanksgiving, and finally, gifts for children when the month ends.  Ramadan does not usually coincide with western winter celebrations as it is more likely to fall in the summer or autumn months. For some American children, this is the holiday that is the peak of a year of celebrations and joy in life.

Christmas for many American children, revolves around the stories of the birth of child sent to this planet to show us the way. Many traditions and symbols have evolved to represent this event, often tied to different ethnic cultures within the bigger culture. Christmas trees, Las Posadas, special breads, and other individual Christmas traditions show up in December in all parts of the United States. 

Around the world, customs are different, but the magic remains with the coming of winter. Our Educational Assembly Programs will share these many traditions and experiences with children from Kindergarten through eighth grades in your schools, children's clubs, home school groups and churches, synagogues and temples. This presentation would also be a great parent-child program for a PTA meeting or parent assembly program. 

All of our educational assembly programs seek to provide an understanding of tolerance and promote esteem for all cultures and species living on our diverse planet. 

These are the Highlighted Holidays:

Christmas: The Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus

Hanukkah: The Jewish festival of freedom and deliverance

Kwanzaa: The African-American celebration of unity and self-determination

Ramadan: The Islamic observance of devotion to God

Happy New Year: New Years' celebrations of Vietnam, Korea, Japan, & China 

What to Expect

Three lucky kids, chosen from among the attendees will help with the presentation by dressing in authentic native costumes of Mexico, Sweden, and Germany. Another student will demonstrate the musical instruments of Kwanzaa. Participation in the performance helps student relate to the cultures highlighted with more empathy and understanding. Whether a child is chosen to participate or not, even seeing a friend in the role will increase other students involvement with the program.  

The variety of teaching techniques used during the forty-five-minute presentation includes story-telling, a short video, hands-on artifacts children can touch and examine, costuming, and music.

Highlight a study on world holidays, world religions, cultural diversity, or include the program as part of larger winter holiday festivities and fun. 

Classes at public or private schools, entire school assemblies in smaller schools, church groups, girl scout and boy scout troops, or other civic or community organizations use this informative and entertaining program as part of the diversity teaching for their groups. 

Contact us, or visit our website for more information about our cultural diversity assemblies as well as pricing and scheduling information. Plan ahead for your winter holiday program now. Our presenter's schedules fill quickly for this assembly program.  

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Written by : Bruce Segal