As the Holiday season progresses, we at Prospect Academy will continue discussing with the children the importance of being kind to the others, giving and sharing. Although Prospect Academy is a secular program we embrace and welcome different cultural traditions at our school. This week we put up and decorated a Christmas tree with the children and talked about the historic origin of Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas (German: St. Nikolaus) Day is a widely celebrated tradition in many Western European countries on December 6 and Eastern European countries on December 19.
In Germany on this day, Nikolaus visits children at home and brings small gifts, putting them in the children shoes. In the United States Santa Claus drops the presents in the stockings on Christmas Eve. In Russia Grandpa Frost appears on the New Year's Eve and put the presents under the Christmas Tree.
Nikolaus will visit Prospect Academy on December 7, the children will sing a song or recite a poem for him. Most likely he will award the children with some presents!
As you see those three important characters are closely connected by their task: bringing joy to the children, so we hope to invite them all to make their appearance at our Holiday Breakfast on December 23.