Christmas was well-celebrated at IES Clara Campoamor this year. For our students, we showed presentations about Christmas as a cultural tradition. First, we discussed the origins of Christmas, and then talked about the difference between characters from the Bible and characters from popular culture. Then, we looked at some of the well-known Christmas characters, like Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Finally, we asked ourselves if everyone celebrates Christmas, and then learned about the holidays of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, which are both celebrated around this time of year. The students then made Christmas cards out of construction paper, markers, and glitter to present to their friends, teachers, and family.
On the teachers’ end, we enjoyed time together with a poetry recital, holiday lunch, a performance by the school choir, and churros and chocolate. I even tried learning Spanish Christmas carols, singing a fun rendition of “Los peces en el rio.” It was a time to take stock of all the special people we’ve had the great fortune of meeting.
And of course, this year I brought back the Santa Claus costume. Here you’ll find a handful of photos taken at the final English department meeting of the year. We don’t have everyone in these photos, but we do have a good number of teachers.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I very much look forward to returning and bringing new and exciting activities to school in 2013!