Each holiday, no matter how popular or familiar, should be recognized and learned about. This will make it appropriate and fair for holidays to be celebrated in the classroom. While some may be more popular than others, it will help students learn the significance of the values and traditions of all people. Teaching about all the different holidays is a great way to show that each individual person is unique and different, and that is okay.
Children may participate in a lesson about a holiday or occasion whether or not they celebrate that event. They can simply learn about its significance and the traditions that go along with that specific holiday. Learning about a holiday as an observer can be just as important. But perhaps most crucial is the staff, parents, teachers, and administrators working together to create culturally and developmentally appropriate activities and lessons for children.
Chapter 6, pages 41-50 assists programs in working with all members involved in the school system--including staff, parents, and administration, to receive input and data on the importance of various different holidays and celebrations. With this collaboration, you can ensure that you are incorporating all holidays that are important to each family in the school. While all holidays may not be celebrated, it is a good way to incorporate each significant holiday into your lesson plans.
Here is a video of the major holidays all around the world. This basic introduction and facts about each holiday helps students to understand a little bit about traditions and cultures all around the world without emphasizing on one more than any other. With this brief overview, teachers can come up with small lesson plans to go along with each of the main holidays.
If you are planning on introducing the holidays to your students, it is essential to find the right balance. While many teachers feel as though they are fairly celebrating many holidays (in December for example), if they only include Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, spend a great deal of time on one holiday over another, or learn only new Christmas songs, they are not keeping the balance explaining to children that one holiday is more important than another which simply is not right.