December Edition – Celebrations Around The World
The articles and artwork of each Tablet Jr. are created by the students of the diocesan academies, and each month there is a new theme and a new academy. This year, each month’s theme coincides with the Framework for Social Justice, developed by the Office of Faith Formation.
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy in Queens is this month’s academy to showcase its journalistic skills for the theme, Celebrations Around The World. Enjoy reading the additional student submissions as well as using the Teacher Resources below. This is the third edition of the new school year. Let us know what you think!
Christmas Traditions of the Polish Kept Alive
BY GABRIELLA KARPIUK, GR. 7
In Poland, Christmas, or Wigilia (Vee-gee-lia) in Polish, is considered the most important holiday and almost every Polish family celebrates it on every 24th of December. My family is one among the many who are celebrating the birth of Jesus by observing our cultural traditions. Polish Christmas is a time of celebration and happiness in my family, which includes enjoying each other’s company.
FOR THE FULL ARTICLE SEE THE COVER PAGE OF THE TABLET Jr.
Fatima’s Recreation of the Living Nativity
BY DAISY COLLADO, GR. 7
Students and teachers at Our Lady of Fatima celebrate the birth of Jesus through their much-loved “Living Nativity” play every year. Students reenact the birth of Jesus to celebrate his coming into the world for our salvation. Middle schoolers practice daily for several weeks after school, leading up to the big day when they will be in full costume.
FOR THE FULL ARTICLE SEE PAGE 2 OF THE TABLET Jr.
Filipino Christmas and New Year Traditions
BY KYLE GARCIA, GR. 7
With Christmas and New Years coming around the corner, many Filipinos are getting ready to celebrate the holidays with their spectacular traditions. These Filipino traditions are very unique and special to Filipinos around the world
FOR THE FULL ARTICLE SEE PAGE 3 OF THE TABLET Jr.
Kwanzaa Day is a week-long celebration that honors African heritage in African American culture during December.
The Chinese New Year has been celebrated for more than 3,500 years.
Why do different religious groups celebrate St. Nicholas Day every year?
Ecuadorians have a way of letting go of the past and welcoming the new year.
The celebration of the National Hanukkah Memorial in Washington D.C is one of the biggest celebrations in the United States in December.
Italian-Americans have a wonderful tradition called the Feast of the Seven Fishes, which they celebrate on Christmas Eve.
The Novena has been around even centuries, in Colombia and some parts of Ecuador and Venezuela.
Students submitted artwork and photos that represent the theme. See the edition for additional artwork.
About the Tablet Jr.
A collaboration between CTN and The Tablet editorial staff, The Tablet Jr. includes stories written by middle-grade students from diocesan academies and schools as well as student-created artwork. Additional elements include a question-and-answer column, a diocesan history column, fun activities such as word puzzles, and a news article written by a member of The Tablet staff.