As much as I would love to give each and everyone of my kids something bigger for Christmas, it's not economically possible with 50, 60+ students. I am the kind of person who means so much to give out cards and bake cookies and just be giving, but a lot of times, procrastination gets in the way. This year has been better. I made a simple card for my students (with the help of the Mac Pages templates), signed it, and attached a piece of candy to it. They were THRILLED. It's very much the simple things.
On that note, I am also not one to get offended when people say happy holidays, rather than Merry Christmas. Living in the highly multi-cultural oasis that I do, I do try to embrace all of my children's cultures, even if they are different than my own. I don't think there is anything wrong with Merry Christmas, but I know districts vary on what you can/cannot say. I wanted this to be accessible to all! (Did not mean to get personal there, but I know some find "Happy Holidays " to be an offensive term)... :]
Below is a free PDF download of my "card." I know it's a little late, but we go all the way through Friday and I am seeing kids until the end this winter!
Please, as you download, share what you like to do for your students this time of year that is cost-effective, fun, and the kids love?
Thank you and happy break (or soon-to-be break!) to all and to all a good night!