Professor Owl’s Book Corner ~ would like to wish all our readers who Celebrate Christmas ~
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
A HAPPY NEW YEAR
As we look all around us, we see so many people who have decorated their homes for Christmas. For many of us this is the happiest holiday of the year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.
As we enjoy these holidays, we must not forget that many other religions have their own special holidays also.
Holidays Around the World
For two other religions that have celebrations in the month of December, please check out below.
On December 25, 2016, Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights started and lasts eight days.
Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah to commemorate the Miracle of the Oil. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication.” Over 2000 years ago, in 165 BC, the Jews in Judea rebelled against their Syrian ruler, Antiochus, because he insisted that all Jewish people must worship Greek Gods. After three hard years of fighting, the Jews defeated Antiochus and, to celebrate, they restored the Temple of Jerusalem – which had been taken over by the Syrians – and rededicated it to their God.
As part of the celebrations they lit an oil lamp which should have been kept burning all the time, even though they could only find enough oil to keep it burning for one night. However, a miracle occurred, and the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days, which was the time it took to make new oil for the lamp. This was the Miracle of the Oil.
It was then declared that every year, Jews would remember the day with an eight-day Festival of Lights and celebrate the miracle of the oil by placing eight candles in a Menorah (a special candlestick) and lighting one candle for each evening of the celebration. The Hanukkah lights are to remind those walking by the home about the holiday’s miracle, so the Menorah is displayed at a prominent window or near the front door.
During Hanukkah, people exchange gifts and give to the poor and needy.
In the week between 26 December and 1 January each year.
- Kwanzaa an African-American holiday celebrated mainly in the US.The holiday was established in 1966 to help African Americans remember and celebrate their heritage. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili language and means “first fruits.” Each day of the seven days is dedicated to one of “The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa,” which are1. umoja – to maintain unity in the family and community2. kujichagulia – self-determination, to be responsible and speak for oneself3. ujima – collective work and responsibility, to build and maintain a community4. ujamaa – economic co-operation, to help and profit one another5. nia – purpose, to build and develop the community for the benefit of the people6. kuumba – creativity, to do everything possible to leave the community more beautiful and beneficial for future generations
7. imani – faith, to believe in parents, teachers, and leaders.
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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~~ Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”
Babies 0-1 year old’s:
Merry Christmas, Little One!
by Sandra Magsamen (Author)
Christmas comes but once a year ~Time for magic, love and cheer.
Featuring sturdy lift-the-flaps, a puffy fabric Christmas tree on the cover, and a glittery finale, this newest addition to the Snuggle-Me Stories line follows in the best-selling tradition of Peek-a-Boo, I Love You! Sandra Magsamen celebrates Christmas in her signature style, with heartfelt rhymes and engaging illustrations. Babies and loved ones will merrily read and play along. A perfect way for little ones to celebrate the holiday season.
Children 3-7 year old’s:
Santa Sleeps In!
by Dimpple Koul (Illustrator)
It’s Christmas Eve and the elves can’t wake up Santa!
Even the elves’ brass band can’t wake him. What is Edwards the ‘ead elf going to do? How will all the boys and girls get their presents if Father Christmas won’t wake up?
Only one little girl can wake up Santa!
Can the elves get her there on time?
Children 6-8 year old’s:
New York Book Festival 2015 prize winner
The Kingdom of Christmas:
The Guardian of the Mountain
By the Snow Spirit (Author)
When their enchanting Christmas Kingdom is overthrown by an evil Guardian, and Santa and The Spirit of Christmas are taken captive inside an icy castle, it is up to Prince Michael and Princess Sarah to save the day. A Secret Scroll reveals their mysterious powers and some unforgettable Christmas characters light their way.
Yet as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime, grappling with thrilling caves, hidden forests and the mind-blowing ‘curse of the frozen candle’, some blood-curdling questions seep out of the shadows. What does the wicked Guardian really want, and who cries out eerily from deep inside his forgotten chambers? Are the children caught up in a web far darker than they can imagine, and if so, how will they ever manage to rescue Christmas, not just for their Kingdom, but for the entire world beyond it?
This is a Christmas cracker of a novel, bursting with laughter and magic and packed with unforgettable twists and turns, culminating in a finale that will take your breath away.
Books for children 9-12 year old’s:
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
by Eric A. Kimmel (Adapter), Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)
Tired and hungry, the wandering beggar Hershel of Ostropol arrives in a small village on the first night of Hanukkah and is eager to join the celebrations. But the villagers are terrified of Hanukkah – their synagogue is haunted by goblins who will not let the villagers celebrate the holiday and who make their lives miserable. Hershel, of course, is certain he can help, and volunteers to spend all eight nights of Hanukkah in the haunted synagogue. The task that Hershel must take on is truly daunting. He not only has to light the Hanukkah candles every night despite the goblins’ efforts to stop him, but on the last night the King of the Goblins himself must light the candles! …
There is also a brief postscript that talks about the origins of Hanukkah, and the PROPER way to play dreidel!
Kevin’s Kwanzaa (Cloverleaf Books: Fall and Winter Holidays) Paperback
Kevin’s family is celebrating the seven days of Kwanzaa! They light candles and learn a special word each day. They talk about working together. On the sixth day, everyone dances at a big feast! Find out the different ways people celebrate this holiday
A Child’s Christmas in Wales Hardcover – Sep 24 2013
Dylan Thomas (Author), Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
Fifty years after its first publication in book form, Dylan Thomas’s timeless prose poem is echoed by the rolling, evocative images of Caldecott Honor artist Chris Raschka — a beautiful gift for book lovers.
Bring out the tall tales now that we told by the fire as the gaslight bubbled like a diver. . . .
There are always Uncles at Christmas. And Aunts, of course, who might sing a little loudly after dinner. There are the neighborhood cats “sleek and long as jaguars and horrible-whiskered,” the carols to sing at eerie houses, the Useful Presents and the Useless Presents, and the endless snow “shawling out of the ground.” First published in HARPER’S BAZAAR some fifty years ago, A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES showcases Dylan Thomas’s genius for language and remains the poet’s most popular prose work in the United States. Chris Raschka’s fluid torn-paper illustrations honor the poet’s words, evoking their musical cadences and bringing us a fresh appreciation for this most lyric work.
Available at your library and http://www.amazon.ca http://www.amazon.com
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~Walt Disney
What is one thing you would try if you knew that you were guaranteed success….absolutely no chance of failure? Would you do something for monetary gain? Would you do something to make the history books? Would it benefit others or just yourself? What would it take for you to give it a shot, even with the risk of failing?
Reflect and write.
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