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Happy Holidays!

It has been a long time since I have posted anything. Life just got in the way and along came a pandemic. Now it’s Christmastime once again, and I am sure everyone has busy lives at this time of year, so maybe you will relate.  I hope everyone has an amazing holiday. I hope you are able to have peace, no matter what the circumstances. 

Some thoughts as we celebrate the holiday season: it is important to remember that not everyone looks forward to this time of year. Some people are not surrounded by large, wonderful families and friends. Some of us have problems during the holidays and are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. For many, it is their first Christmas without a particular loved one, and many others have lost loved ones at Christmas time. Many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring, loving thoughts right now. I have seen and read about so much heartache and loss this season. My heart breaks for all those who feel the intense pain of loneliness, loss, financial stress, and grief. It is my wish that kindness and love will find you if you are suffering or hurting in any kind of way.

If you are a teacher, I hope you find time to rest, relax, and recharge over this break. The days leading up to the holidays can be extremely stressful. Put aside some time for yourself and your family!

So, it’s winter…but don’t let it get you down. Up here in the Pacific Northwest, it gets dark a little after 4 in the afternoon. The days are short, and the nights are long! It can get depressing, but if you keep your hands busy and your hearts light, it really isn’t too bad. Remember, you can still make a sock snowman! Fun to decorate with hearts for rosy cheeks. 

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Another fun craft to do is to make a gourd Santa. A little red paint, felt, and glue is pretty much all it takes! 

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If you don’t have a snow day and can’t stay home, enjoy some fun winter activities in the warmth of your classroom. Take those old transparencies that you never use anymore…trace some stained-glass designs on them and let your students color to hang in the window. 

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 Or make some cute nutcrackers from paper towel rolls!

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Remember, one of the most important gifts you can give this season is kindness. Be kind to all you meet, and when you go back to school, remember to be kind to all you teach. No matter how stressed you get, your students will always need your kindness.  

As always, I will end with a freebie.

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Best wishes for success always,
Deborah

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