New Year’s Day
Fireworks lighting up the night sky on New Year’s Eve is the favorite part of the New Year celebration for many people, especially kids. January 1st is the beginning of each New Year according to the Gregorian calendar. It is celebrated every year in the United States and the holiday officially begins at midnight. Fireworks and celebrations occur around this time in order to welcome the New Year. People often reflect on events from the past year and make resolutions for the New Year. Many New Year’s Eve parties include special hats, party horns, blowers, confetti, champagne or apple juice toasts and similar festive things.
- New Year’s Day in the United States: The Time and Date website explains what people in the United States do to celebrate New Year’s Day. It also discusses public life, background and symbols associated with the day.
- New Year’s Recipes: Disney’s Family Fun website offers New Year’s recipes and crafts for kids.
- New Year’s Eve Treats for Kids: The Family Corner website offers fun treat ideas (such as Confetti Popcorn Balls) for kids for New Year’s Eve.
- New Year’s Eve Recipes: The Kids Cooking Activities website provides you with a variety of recipe ideas for kids for New Year’s Eve.
- Holiday Fun-New Year’s Day: The Primary Games website provides you with some fun New Year’s games and coloring pages.
- New Year’s Day Recipes: The Martha Stewart website offers many New Year’s Day recipes as well as party hat ideas.
St. Patrick’s Day
When some people think of St. Patrick’s Day they imagine mischievous, little leprechauns running around and causing trouble. Actually the day has nothing to do with leprechauns. St. Patrick’s Day is the anniversary of the death (in the fifth century) of St. Patrick as well as a religious feast day which honors him. He is the patron saint plus the national apostle of Ireland. He is believed to have brought Christianity to the country’s people. The holiday is celebrated on March 17th each year and has been celebrated by the Irish for more than 1,000 years. The Irish traditionally celebrate the special day with church, drinking, feasting and dancing.
- St. Patrick’s Day: The History website explains the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
- Holiday-St. Patrick’s Day: The DLTK website offers fun recipes for kids for St. Patrick’s Day such as Leprechaun Fizz and Rainbow Cake.
- St. Pat’s Recipes: The Kaboose website is an excellent site for kids offering St. Patrick’s Day recipes, crafts, activities and more.
- Best St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: The All Recipes website provides great Irish recipes and reviews.
- St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: The Taste of Home website offers many tasty St. Patrick’s Day recipes and breaks them into categories such as appetizers and desserts.
- St. Patrick’s Day Games & Activities: The Kidz Page website provides you with free St. Patrick’s Day things to do including: Online Games, Coloring Pages, Jigsaw Puzzles, Printable Coloring and Clip Art.
Easter is a religious holiday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead after he was crucified on the cross. The day He was crucified is called “Good Friday.” It is always the Friday before Easter Sunday. Easter is always on Sunday because the tomb of Christ was empty three days after he died. He had followers who saw Him and talked to him after he rose from the dead. This is why Christians believe that an eternal life in Heaven is possible after death. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the full moon after the (Spring) or vernal equinox. This can be any Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th. Out of all the Christian holidays Easter is the most sacred. Many people choose to celebrate Easter with parades, Easter egg hunts and the special Easter bunny.
Questions and Answers About Easter: The St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Kingsville, MD website answers many questions regarding Easter such as “Why does the date of Easter move?”
Easter Activities for Kids: The Activity Village website has great Easter crafts, origami, printables, puzzles, coloring pages, games, jigsaws and more for kids.
Easter for Kids and Teachers: The Kiddyhouse website explains when Easter is, what it is, how it was celebrated in ancient days and much more.
Easter Treats for Kids-Special Easter Kids’ Recipes: The Divine Dinner Party website has great ideas for Easter recipes for kids such as “Run-Away Rabbit Racecar Snack Cakes.”
Edible Easter Crafts: The Incredible Edible Crafts website has great Easter craft ideas that you can eat such as a cookie bouquet.
Easter Recipes: The Spoonful website offers many yummy Easter recipes such as chocolate lollipops.
4th of July
The Fourth of July is not just about fireworks and parades. It is also referred to as Independence Day for the United States. Before 1776 Great Britain wanted to force colonists to follow more and more rules and pay higher taxes. The colonists became angry and wanted to become an independent country. Congress held a meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where they formed a committee. The committee was developed to create a formal document for Great Britain that would tell them that Americans had decided to govern themselves and become independent. Thomas Jefferson was asked to write the first draft of this famous document. June 28, 1776 was the date the committee read the “fair” (best ideas in neat handwriting) copy of Jefferson’s draft. The committee then made changes to the document and declared independence on July 2, 1776. The document was officially adopted on July 4, 1776. It was declared by Congress that all members must sign the Declaration of Independence. The signing of the official document began on August 2, 1776.
- Fourth of July Recipes: The Nick Jr. website provides you with delicious Fourth of July recipes such as Stars & Stripes Cake and Red, White & Blue Snack Mix.
- Fourth of July Party Ideas, Crafts and Recipes: The Amazing Moms website offers Fourth of July recipes, crafts and party ideas.
- Fourth of July Recipes for Kids: The Cook Eat Share website has more than 1,000 recipes such as Fourth of July Parfaits.
- Activities and Crafts for July 4th: The Enchanted Learning website provides you with many ideas for activities and crafts that have to do with the Fourth of July.
- 4th of July Cooking for Children: The Apples 4 the Teacher website has many great kids recipes such as Malted Milk Ball Sandwiches.
- July 4th Games: The A Kids Heart website has many fun games for kids such as The Independence Day Sparkling Memory Game.
Halloween is a fun holiday where children dress in scary or cute costumes and trick-or-treat for lots of candy. Halloween is actually called “All Hallow’s Eve” and is celebrated worldwide on October 31st. The Roman Catholic Church in 835 AD designated November 1st as a holiday which would honor all of the saints. This was a happy holiday but it was also on the eve of All Souls Day. During Medieval times it became customary on this day to pray for people who were dead. Halloween is often celebrated with costume parties, bobbing for apples, bonfires and scary movies and stories.
- The History of Halloween: The Project Britain website explains the history of Halloween and its relevance to All Saints Day.
- Kid’s Halloween Party Menu: The Kraft Foods website has fun recipes such as Green S’Lime Jell-o Swamp Cake and even offers party tips and activity ideas.
- Happy Hallowscream: The Betty Crocker website offers tasty Halloween recipes kids will love such as recipes using leftover Halloween candy.
- A Kid-Friendly Halloween Bash: The Food Network website offers some scary kid recipes for Halloween such as a Cheese Ball Goblin.
- Halloween Recipes: The Better Homes and Garden website provides you with fun Halloween recipes such as spiders on cupcakes.
- Very Best Baking Halloween Recipes: The Nestle Very Best Baking website has yummy Halloween recipes for you such as Boo-ti-ful Ghosts along with ratings.
Thanksgiving is an American holiday which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of each November (so the date changes from year to year). This holiday began as a show of gratitude for a good harvest. Many different cultures in America celebrate this holiday which began almost 400 years ago. There were 100 people in 1620 who sailed through the Atlantic Ocean and arrived at America at Plymouth, Massachusetts. The first winter was very harsh and hard for them and their crops failed. Half of the people died because there was not enough fresh food. The people who survived were very fortunate because an Iroquois tribe of Native Americans showed them how to grow different crops such as corn (which was called maize). This provided the people with new food. In 1621 the settlers had a great harvest of barley, beans, corn and pumpkins. They planned a feast because they were very thankful for the food. The Iroquois Chief and his tribe were invited to the feast because of all of the help they had given the settlers with their crops. The Native Americans brought wild game and turkeys to the feast. The settlers decided that they should celebrate their fall harvest each year with a feast of gratitude. The government recommended a special day of thanks after 1776 when the United States became independent. Several U.S. Presidents have changed the date for Thanksgiving through the years. President George Washington recommended a date of November 26th each year for Thanksgiving Day. In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the date to the fourth Thursday in November in order to lengthen the before Christmas shopping period. Many people in America celebrate the holiday with a big feast including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes and (of course) pumpkin pie.
- First Thanksgiving: The National Geographic Kids website explains the first Thanksgiving including: Native Americans, The Settlers, Settling and Exploring, The Celebration, The Myths, Modern Thanksgiving and Native Americans and Thanksgiving.
- Kids Cooking-Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas: The Homeschooled Kids Online website has a super Cooking with the Kids! section which features recipes as well as crafts for Thanksgiving.
- Most Popular Thanksgiving Kid Friendly Recipes: The Food website offers 1,356 different Thanksgiving recipes that are kid-friendly along with reviews.
- Hersheys Thanksgiving Recipes: The Hersheys website provides you with yummy Thanksgiving recipes such as Classic Chocolate Cream Pie.
- Thanksgiving Activities for Kids: The Busy Bee Kids Crafts website is filled with Thanksgiving craft ideas, coloring pages, mazes, words searches, dot-to-dots and many more activities for kids.
- Thanksgiving Crafts and Activities for Kids: The Danielle’s Place website offers fun craft and activity ideas for kids such as creating a Thanksgiving Memory Basket.
Christmas & Chanukah
Many children, and even some adults, think of the presents they will get when they think of Christmas. This is not really what Christmas is about. Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on December 25th and is both a cultural as well as a religious holiday throughout the world. Christmas began as a special church service to celebrate the birth of Christ. In 1870 Christmas was declared as a federal holiday. The Bible does not say what the exact date (or even month) of the birth of Jesus Christ was. Many Christians celebrate Christ’s birthday on December 25 by attending special Christmas church services. Decorating trees and evergreen bushes and lighting candles a few weeks before and even after Christmas is a symbol of life and light. Christmas has also become associated with Santa Claus bringing presents on Christmas Eve. Elves are believed to make the presents that Santa puts under decorated Christmas trees. Chanukah is a Jewish festival which is also known as “The Festival of Lights.” It is an eight-day festival of re-dedication. It begins on the twenty-fifth day of Kisler which is a Jewish month. Kisler happens in November/December and is the ninth month in the Jewish year.
Chanukkah: The Judaism 101 website explains the story of Chanukah as well as its traditions, music and recipes.
The 12 Tastes of Christmas: The Aristotle’s Christmas on the Web site offers many tasty Christmas recipes such as Peanut Butter Balls and Stained Glass Cookies.
Santa’s Christmas Recipes: The Merry-Christmas website is filled with yummy recipes as well as games for kids
Chanukah Recipes: Chabad.org Kids offers two Chanukah recipes which include coins and latkes.
Christmas Cookie Recipes: The Easy Kids Recipes website has many delicious Christmas cookie recipes and also features other recipes for kids.
Holiday Recipes for Kids: The My Recipes website provides kids with fun holiday recipes such as Tutti Fruity Crispy Candy.
There are many tips to follow to keep everyone, especially kids, safe in the kitchen. A very important tip is to not place any metal or foil in the microwave. When you want to heat up something in the microwave, use a microwave-safe container. Never let pan handles hang over the stove’s edge or over a different burner. Only use an oven, sharp knife or microwave when there is an adult in the kitchen. When you remove a lid from a pot make sure it is facing away from you and don’t put your face near the steam. Be sure to thoroughly dry your hands after washing them so they are not slippery and you do not drop things. If you spill something on the floor make sure you wipe it up right away so no one will slip. These are just a few tips that will help keep cooks and their helpers safe.
- How to Keep Your Kids Safe in the Kitchen: The Pillsbury website offers helpful tips to keep your kids safe in the kitchen and also clean up ideas for kids.
- Being Safe in the Kitchen: Kids Health offers some great tips and tricks for staying safe in the kitchen, most importantly having an adult assistant.