Buon Natale, Happy Christmas, Feliz Navidad, and Gun Tso Sun Tan ‘Gung Haw Sun from Janet Davidson’s fourth-grade class at Charles Evans Elementary.


Buon Natale, Happy Christmas, Feliz Navidad, and Gun Tso Sun Tan ‘Gung Haw Sun from Janet Davidson’s fourth-grade class at Charles Evans Elementary.


On Wednesday, the class presented projects on how different countries celebrate the holidays.


The projects began with the class wondering how two of its members might celebrate the holidays differently, Issabella Serrani, a recent transfer from Spain, and Raluca Pavel, who is from Romania.


Then the project expanded to include each student studying a country.


In addition to the presentations, each student wrote a report and designed a poster on their country.


The students enjoyed learning about different places, said Davidson, who admits that she learned a lot too.


Some of the interesting holiday facts the students shared included:


In Australia, people celebrate on the beach and Santa comes on a surfboard, said Morgan Chavez.


In Norway, people hide their brooms to keep away the witches evil spirits, said Jalynn Holbrook.
Kwanzaa is a holiday that started in the United States as a way for African-Americans to celebrate their African heritage, said Diondre Scott.


In Iraq, people burn branches of thorns and then jump over the ashes three times and make a wish, said Tyreece Lott.


In Poland, Santa is called the Star Man, after the star that guided the shepherds to the baby Jesus, said Samantha Peters.


Israel celebrates Hanukkah, where they light a menorah and eat potato pancakes called latkes, said Alex Taylor.


As for the wishes, they are how one would say Merry Christmas in Italy, Great Britain, Mexico, and China (in Cantonese).


Jennifer Lindsey,
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jennifer.lindsey@ardmoreite.com