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Winter Celebrations and Traditions

Looking to add some historic spice to your exploration of celebrations and traditions? Please enjoy our special tradition lessons plans and Dressed for Christmas videos at home or school. Our brand-new videos visit our 1853 log cabin, 1886 log house and 1925 farm house as they prepare for their holiday. Traditions fuel our experiences and we hope you and your family enjoy celebrating your traditions, whatever they are.

This programming is linked to grade 2 curriculum but also touches on other grade 1 and 3 curriculums. These activities are great for all learners, just adjust to suit and have fun!

Food has been a part of celebrations for centuries. In fact, it is hard to think of many traditions that do not include food! Making connections with the present makes it easier to connect to the past. 

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The goal of this activity is to compare how traditions were celebrated between different generations, friends and families. 

Asking students to look at similarities and differences, outside of their experiences, they can gain a better understanding of changes in traditions over time and between people and cultures. 

What you need:

•    Letter to parents / guardians
•    Lesson Package - Tradition Tracker

This activity demonstrates how new traditions can begin. When we meet new people, we are introduced to new traditions and celebrations and we integrate the things that interest us into our lives. In this activity, students will create a brand-new tradition/celebration using ideas from their classmates.

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Primary source documents in the Grey County Archives allows people to get a glimpse into the past. Historic personal journals help readers connect to the past in a meaningful way. 

Using the examples in this package will give students the chance to compare their December and January to some in the past.

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Looking back on our lives we can pinpoint examples of times where change was hard. As a child our feelings were even bigger, especially around changes to traditions. 

The goal of this activity is to look at how traditions and celebrations can evolve. You can use the examples provided or create one of your own. 

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The Dressed for Christmas videos show specific Christmas traditions in the three different time periods of Moreston Heritage Village.

The videos are Christmas specific as per historic census data. Most residents in those time periods were of a Christian-based faith. The makeup of Grey is very different now but we can academically look at our past and see how traditions changed during immigration and for personal reasons. Many of the questions asked during the videos are not Christmas-specific and allow people of multiple faiths and experiences to make connections. 

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Dressed for Christmas Videos

In 1853, we look at an Irish immigrant family and the ways they adapted their traditions to their new home.

In 1886, a second-generation Scottish-Canadian family shares their traditions with shortbread and cards.

In 1925, a family with original ties to Germany shares their Christmas tree, gift shopping options and stollen (fruitcake).

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