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Five Fresh Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Once again it is that time of year when hearts, flowers, poetry, cozy romantic atmospheres, and all things red and pink are sought by individuals and couples alike in an effort to express and impress. Have you ever wondered if there was a better—or at least different—way to go about this whole “celebration of love” idea? I admit the thought crossed my mind a time … Continue reading Five Fresh Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Why We Kiss Under Mistletoe And Toast With Eggnog

WORLD Why do we kiss under mistletoe and toast with eggnog? Who decided we should eat jelly doughnuts for Hanukkah? And where do poinsettias come from? (NPR) What activities or characteristics help define a culture? Use our fun gallery to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Jelly doughnuts are a Hanukkah treat. What … Continue reading Why We Kiss Under Mistletoe And Toast With Eggnog

Chinese New Year: An All-American Holiday

UNITED STATES A new generation is forming its own relationship with Chinese New Year, an Asian holiday that’s in the midst of becoming an Asian American one. (Los Angeles Times) Celebrate Chinese New Year with our great new study guide! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including free worksheets and coloring pages. Discussion Ideas Why are Chinese … Continue reading Chinese New Year: An All-American Holiday

Cultural Geography through Food

It’s Geography Awareness Week! Celebrate & Learn Through Food Sarah Newman lives in Los Angeles, California, where she writes the blog Neesh Noosh: A Jewish Woman’s Year Long Journey to Find Faith in Food. She enjoys shopping at her local farmers markets and growing herbs and produce in her garden. When did your family immigrate to America? What foods are commonly eaten in the countries … Continue reading Cultural Geography through Food