This past weekend, as my family was trimming the Christmas tree, neighbors down the street were getting ready for Hanukkah while friends across town were fasting for Ramadan. It's winter holiday time, a time when many Americans end the year gathering with relatives, enjoying great food and giving gifts. It's also a great time of year to teach kids about the importance of having an open mind about different cultures and traditions. So in our house, even though we only celebrate Christmas, we also acknowledge the other winter holidays with books, crafts and activities.  


Here is a list of some of the greatest winter holiday information and activities for children.  I tried to cover all of the biggies. Did I miss any? How do you and your family celebrate the winter holidays? Leave a note in the comments section below.


About Diwali
Diwali recipes

Celebrate Diwali

A story about Diwali and Rangoli patterns

The art of Rangoli

Diwali arts, crafts, recipes, How to wear a sari

Great preschool activities for Diwali



About Hanukkah

Fun activities on Hanukkah

Hanukkah crafts

Fun activities and crafts for Hanukkah

History, tunes, crafts and recipes for Hanukkah

How to make a dreidel 



About Ramadan

The Five Pillars of Faith

Children's activities during Ramadan

Great books on Ramadan for children

Crafts and activities for Ramadan

Make a mosque craft mobile

A little girl's Ramadan



The origins of Christmas traditions

How Christmas is celebrated around the world

Christmas traditions around the world

Christmas crafts for kids

More Christmas crafts



About Kwanzaa

The 7 principles of Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa activities

Kwanzaa games

Preschool activities on Kwanzaa 


Chinese New Year

About Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year crafts

Make a Chinese New Year lantern

Books for children on Chinese New Year


Other winter holiday celebrations

Hanukkah, Ramadan, Christmas and Kwanzaa are the most well-known winter holidays celebrated in this country, but that doesn't mean they are the only holidays. Other popular winter holidays include: 

  • Santa Lucia Day, an ancient Swedish festival during which blond-haired girls wear crowns of green leaves studded with lighted candles.
  • Winter Solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, is also celebrated with festivals, decorations and ancient ceremonies that honor nature.
  • Three Kings Day, also known as Epiphany, marks the day the three kings arrived to visit the newborn Christ child. This day is most commonly marked with festivities in Hispanic countries and cultures. 

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