December Holidays Facts Internet Hunt by Cindy O'Hora
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1. What does the Grinch have in his smile?


2. Which President brought the first Christmas tree into the White House?


Your Aunt Cindy is collecting the President ornaments from the White House.
There is one for each president. How many ornaments does she have?


Druids 3. How did the Druids use mistletoe?



4. Holly trees and bushes are native to North America.
List three reasons to plant native plants in your yard, at your school or in a local park.



5. What is a dreidel?

dreidels are lots of fun


latkes are delicious 6. What did they feed the horse, when it wouldn't eat latkes?



List three ingrediaents of latkes 7. Name three ingredients used to make latkes. (Find a recipe online to answer the question.)



New Hampshire 8. Mount Washington, N.H. has some of the worst weather around. Describe their weather today.
(Hint: Consider the links. Which might give info on weather conditions?)


Brrr! Where are my gloves? 9. If the wind speed is 10 MPH and the temperature is -5 degrees Fahrenheit, what is the wind chill?



10. After a visit to Mt. Washington, N.H., some wassail is in order.
What is the tradition of the wassail?



I feel like singing. 11. What are the chances you'll have snow for Christmas?



I hope it is 100 percent. 12. What does Della sell to be able to buy a gift for her husband in O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi?

You can listen to it being read - clicking here.


What really is the gift both Della and Jim give each other?


13. Review Eight Gifts that Don't Cost a Cent.

a. I would like to give -


b. Which of these gifts would you like to be given? Explain why it appeals to you.



14. Some people celebrate the winter solstice. What is the winter solstice?




15. The name Kwanzaa comes from what language?

On which continent(s) do they celebrate the holiday?


16. What color are poinsettia flowers? Read carefully!


17. If you have a fireplace, perhaps you will burn a yule log. The unburned part is thought
to protect a house from something. What is it?


Good people will often rise above bad situations. 18. Describe the Christmas Truce.


19. In December, you may hear about myrrh. What is myrrh?


20. You should recycle a soda can and plastic bottle. How can people recycle a christmas tree?



21. Watch Mathflix's free video on Order of Operations or Khan Academy's free video Introduction to Order of Operations.

Now apply the principle that things must be done in a specific order, to a different situation.

Create an "Order of Operations" process for giving a gift.



Extend your thinking - Mnemonic devices help you remember. My favorite mnemonic starts with "Thirty days has September...."

Create a mnemonic for your gifting order of operations or something you are currently studying.




* Suppose you wanted to write a poem about a holiday in December.
How many English words rhyme with the word "holiday"?
Go to
Enter holiday in the blank box.


Given your findings, how would you use the word in a rhyming poem?


* The first SMS text message was sent more than two decades ago on December 3rd 1992. Neil Papworth sent a text of "Merry Christmas" to a mobile phone. Dig into the history of sending Christmas greetings. Which method do you prefer? Write a 3 paragraph essay explaining why you prefer it.

* A Dickens of a Resumé project - Who would you hire?

* December Math Activities

* Listen to this remarkable December story from StoryCorps.

* Think you know a lot about the story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? Try this puzzle

* Winter Song Photo Story Project

* Calculate the cost of the Twelve Days of Christmas


Holiday Extras:

Enjoy - A very funny compilation of holiday songs done by Indiana University's Capella Group @ TeacherTube

Online crossword puzzle about December Holidays. or Explore December Civics

Best Treat of All online book | Stranger in the Woods - Children's book Activity

A Wartime Favor Brings a Special Gift listen to this remarkable story

Learn more about How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Fashioning frameworks for festive cookies

Science Observations Skill Builders - do one that is winter related

Infinite Pine Tree Activity at Mathflix Part 2 video or CSPAN Student Cam video contest

holly berries and leaves in a line

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