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Grandparenting: Gift Giving the Montessori Way

Grandparenting: Gift Giving the Montessori Way

t’s that time of the year again when commercials and print media pound into our conscious and sub consciousness that we NEED to buy their products for our children and grandchildren to ensure a successful holiday for all. The bigger the better, the more plastic pieces, even better yet, right? WRONG. Gift giving, regardless of […]

Celebrations: Shem Al Nessem / “Smell the Breezes”

Celebrations: Shem Al Nessem / “Smell the Breezes”

Overview Shem Al Nessem (or “Smell the Breezes”) is an old Egyptian spring festival. It is a happy holiday that goes back to the days of the pharaohs. It is also an Egyptian national holiday. It is celebrated on the Monday following Easter. It starts very early in the morning. Whoever wakes up first can […]

African Harvest Festivals and Celebrations

African Harvest Festivals and Celebrations

Overview Africa is a continent of tremendous diversity of environments and peoples.  However, in planning an African celebration, it is particularly appropriate to celebrate an African harvest festival. Farmers in Africa have to face long and terrible droughts in some areas, so a harvest festival is most meaningful to them. Of course, not all regions […]

Celebrations: Japanese Children’s Day

Celebrations: Japanese Children’s Day

Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) Overview Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) is a Japanese national holiday, which takes place annually on May 5 (the fifth day of the fifth month) and is part of the Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated […]

Celebrations: Bastille Day

Celebrations: Bastille Day

Bastille Day is the French national holiday which is celebrated on July 14th of each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the […]

How to Create Closeness: Tips to Connect with Your Family During the Holidays

How to Create Closeness: Tips to Connect with Your Family During the Holidays

One of the things we long for the most during the holidays, and year round, are deep connections. Some of us never had a model of how to connect as children making it harder to know how to create it with our own families. Some of us just need some fresh ideas. In this webinar, […]