The holidays are here and that means it's time to start reading some of my favorite holiday books. We all have them.
I have hard time choosing a favorite between Auntie Claus and Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree (a childhood favorite).
Every year read Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera. I read the story as part of our NYC holiday studies as we learn about different holidays around the world.
If you have not had the time to read this gem, I highly encourage you to do so. Sophie, the young girl in the story, learns the meaning of the holiday season after spending time with her aunt, Auntie Claus (Santa's sister). As Auntie Claus teaches, "it is far better to give than to receive." I think this is such a valuable lesson for all, both young and old.
As part of the lesson, I have my students write letters to Santa. Theses letters are not letters for their own requests, but letters for friends and family. I want my kids to think of others.
As I was looking over my kids' letters, this one caught my eye. It seems my kids know me pretty well and were thinking of Moffat as too. I feel blessed to be a teacher with such thoughtful students.
Happy holidays! May we all remember Auntie Claus's message, "It is far better to give than to receive."
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