Hello, hello! This is Sarah Kirby from Permanently Primary!
Each student makes a large candle with their name on it. I use 12"x18" red construction paper and cut it in half (long ways). Then we have a template for the greenery at the bottom that they trace and cut out. I just cut out a yellow flame by hand and they glue it. Then they use glue to write their name and we put gold glitter on it. We all tape them to the bottom of the walls in the hallway. The entire hallway is lined with candles!
Another tradition is a little handwriting craft. The students copy a poem on lined paper and then cut it out in the shape of an ornament. They glue it to colored construction paper and add some glitter to the outline.
The final tradition is for each student to make a paper chain. All of this is taped to the walls in the hallway for everyone to enjoy as they walk through!
Something new I did this year was having my students create a string of lights with the letters of their name. They picked their colors and then wrote a letter of their first name with glue on each bulb. We strung them together with yarn and I hung them from the lights in our classroom.
They look so amazing hanging in our classroom! It looks so festive!
A word of advice if you try to make the string of lights: have students cut out the bulbs, then write the letters on each one, then add glitter, then string together once they are dry. The first few I strung together first and then tried to add glitter. I don't know what I was thinking, but it was disastrous. Cut, glue, glitter, string! :)
Does your school or grade level do any holiday traditions that have been around a long time? We'd love to hear about them!