In the spirit of the holidays, this Weekly Warm-Up offers five ways to make your White Christmas green. Or, for those of you who live in warmer climes, five ways to make your Green Christmas even greener. 1. Buy a re-plantable Christmas tree: I’d never heard of such a thing until fellow intern and green-queen extraordinaire Hilary told me her family does this every year. Although … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Five Ways to Make Your White Christmas Green
BUSINESS MATH For 35 years, PNC Bank has calculated the prices of the 12 gifts from the classic carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The result is the Christmas Price Index, a unique and whimsical holiday tradition that makes learning about the economy fun. (PNC) Use PNC and the SIFMA Foundation’s middle-school lesson plan to introduce students to basic financial literacy. Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading What’s the True Cost of Christmas? $170,609.46
ARTS Meet Krampus: a half-goat, half-demon, horrific beast who literally beats people into being nice and not naughty. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to get a glimpse of Krampus in action. Discussion Ideas According to Nat Geo News, Krampus is a demonic figure who carries “a bundle of birch sticks meant to swat naughty children. He then hauls the bad kids down to the … Continue reading You Better Watch Out
Every year, many thousands of people travel for the holidays. We are flooded with images of crowded airports and train stations each holiday season as newscasters announce weather conditions and travel delays. Even Santa’s travels are tracked and celebrated! Getting home for the holidays is a long-standing tradition, as many people think it is important to be with family and friends at this time of year. But did you … Continue reading Weekly Warm-up: Watch Crabs Cross Christmas Island!
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Across the United States, children and adults alike recognize Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as the leader of Santa Claus’ sleigh at Christmas. Reindeer first pulled St. Nicholas’ sleigh in a poem by Clement Clarke Moore appearing in a Troy, New York, newspaper just before Christmas, 1823. The poem titled “Twas the Night Before Christmas” … Continue reading Geography in the News: Rudolph and the Other Reindeer