Now that winter is underway, it’s finally time to start thinking about the holidays! As the world’s melting pot, the US embraces many different traditions this time of the year, from Christmas to Hanukkah to Kwanza. However, this can be a bit confusing to some international students, especially those who have not been exposed to this season’s celebrated religions or cultures. Here are some tips on how to involve your student this holiday season!
Chances are that your student has heard of some of this season’s holidays, but has yet to experience one first hand. Give your student a little bit of background about what holidays your family celebrates, what the traditions are, and where they come from. Remember, it can be intimidating experiencing something new in an environment where everyone is already used to it – so be sure to make your guest feel at home and invite them to participate in all of your holiday festivities this month!
Your Family’s Traditions
While most religions and cultures have particular common traditions for holidays, like Christmas dinner for example, many families have their own traditions and adaptations too. Share the warmth of the holidays with your guest and let them in on what your family’s plans are this holiday! Whether it’s baking cookies or caroling, most students would love the chance to experience your family’s traditions first hand.
Happy holidays from the Ojisu team!