15 Inclusive Ways to Celebrate The Holiday Season At School

Winter time traditions your whole school will love.

December is in full swing! Think beyond the holiday party and find time for fun now. The good news is that it’s easy to create special holiday traditions for your school—events kids will look forward to year after year. And you can do this while still being inclusive and mindful of the diverse traditions and cultures in your community, just like these schools do!

1. Do a hot chocolate bar

Source: https://twitter.com/SteinbrinkLaura/status/931910286155579392
’Tis not the season without a warm beverage in hand! You provide the hot chocolate and the toppings. Sprinkles are essential!

2. Get some “Sneaky Cards”

Source: https://twitter.com/zprowell/status/931910905952129025
These are a fun way to spread joy! Sneaky Cards are a set of cards that give the holder a special mission. The fun will last way beyond December!

3. Celebrate with staff BINGO

Source: https://twitter.com/heffrey/status/931568849744486400
Joyful adults create fun and productive learning experiences for kids. What could be more joy-inducing than all-faculty BINGO? Announce numbers during passing periods and give away awesome prizes!

4. Popcorn bars are easy and fun

 Source: https://twitter.com/EastAuroraHSNY/status/932618405538156545
Here is a fun and delicious way to boost spirits! Get some fun bags so teachers can grab their popcorn and go.

5. Let the band play

Source: https://twitter.com/tamaraletter/status/931920896863948802
This is one of my favorite ideas! Students are no doubt already practicing for their holiday concert. Why not give them another appreciative audience? Bonus points if you post pictures on Twitter!

6. Send that email

Source: https://twitter.com/TaraMartinEDU/status/932794131990052864
Gratitude is the best gift. Boost your gratitude practice by starting every day with a thank-you email. You might inspire someone else to do the same!

7. Host a holiday food drive

Source: https://twitter.com/Russ_Schwartz/status/931912560730890241
Do good by supporting members of your community who need extra support. Make it into a competition and reward the winners with a pajama day!

8. Guess the teacher

Go beyond the classic baby photo contest. Ask faculty to submit old holiday pictures! I love how this school set up their Guess the Teacher game!

8. Kudos cookies

Source: https://twitter.com/mjjohnson1216/status/931913888681156612
Cookies and handwritten notes are a winning combination. Give kudos for specific things that you appreciate.

9. Make a selfie station

Source: https://twitter.com/ESRoom121/status/929473595583205376
Everyone loves selfies! Bring in winter-related props to make a selfie station that celebrates the start of winter! Create a hashtag on social media so you can see what your community creates.

10. Keep the faculty room stocked

Source: https://twitter.com/mdeHSD/status/931918599266091008
January is for moderation. December is for snacks, sweet treats, and warm drinks! Post a sign-up sheet so everyone can contribute.

11. Music can enhance the celebration

Source: https://twitter.com/SteinbrinkLaura/status/931919079459491840
Pep up passing time with holiday music! For each day, make a new playlist that includes the Frozen soundtrack or holiday music from around the world!

12. Show gratitude on wheels with a snack cart

Source: https://twitter.com/MIcenhour8/status/932043900734312448
This time of year is so busy! It can be hard for teachers to make it out of their classrooms for even the smallest break. Take your show on the road with this awesome snack cart and hand deliver some goodies.

13. Movie time is magical

Source: https://twitter.com/BobbieFrench/status/931913140836687872
Everyone loves a movie day. All-school film viewings are a great way to build memories together! Kids never forget these kinds of experiences.

14. Don’t forget to celebrate the holidays with your PLC

Source: https://twitter.com/BarbaraGruener/status/931910488522452994
During the holiday season, people often take a break from the extra things they do during the year. Don’t forget to refresh and celebrate with your PLC! A low-key coffee break is an ideal way to connect during this busy time.

15. Never underestimate the power of a handwritten note

Source: https://twitter.com/cathyjacobs5/status/932785535344697345
Sometimes small gestures have the biggest impact. You can change someone’s day completely by writing a thoughtful note.

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Posted by Anne Rubin

Anne Gomez Rubin has been a dean and teacher in Minneapolis, MN, since 2016. She tweets about education, intersectional feminism, and tacos on Twitter at @annegrubin .

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