Religious Celebrations
Ramadan
Hanukkah
Christmas
Winter Traditions
Kwanzaa
Winter Solstice
Holiday Symbols
How Do You Celebrate?
Send A Holiday Greeting
Share Holiday Spirit
Quiz
Teacher Support
Lesson Helpers
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Can you guess which holiday celebration each of these children represents?
Illustration courtesy of Eugenie Fernandez
December is a time of celebration around the world. Scholastic News explores the history of and similarities between the world’s major holidays. Learn the traditions, share e-mail holiday greetings with your friends, and take our holiday quiz.

You can also exchange messages of peace and understanding and share holiday stories, traditions, and symbols in the Global Goodwill Holiday Project.

Religious Celebrations
These Grolier Online articles explore the history and traditions of three major religions.

Ramadan
Hanukkah
Christmas

Winter Traditions
A look at two “new” celebrations based on centuries-old traditions. Also, an interview with Kwanzaa founder Maulana Karenga.

Kwanzaa
Winter Solstice

Holiday symbols
No matter which holiday you celebrate, it shares symbols and traditions with other major festivals.

How Do You Celebrate?
In San Antonio, children reenact Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter in Bethlahem. In New York City, a giant Christmas tree stands guard over skaters at Rockefeller Center. Every city has its traditions. What does your community do? E-mail us and we’ll post selected submissions.

Send A Holiday Greeting
Send holiday greetings online to friends and family.

Share Holiday Spirit
Visit the Scholastic.com bulletin board and share your holiday stories and wishes with students around the country

Quiz
Test your holiday knowledge with our score-yourself quiz.

Teacher Support

Lesson helpers
Lesson plans and activities to help teach this Special Online Issue in the classroom.

Grolier Online
Background information on holidays around the world.