WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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why we give gifts, why Christmas is called Christmas, why Jews light eight candles, and why African Americans light seven candles for Kwanzaa. No matter what you believe, it's helpful to talk about the origins of the holidays and how different people celebrate around the world. And of course giving to those in need is one of the best ways to foster the spirit of the holidays at home. "We wrestle with material- ism," admits one Wellesley mom. "We try to focus on family tradi- tions and giving to others, so we always sponsor a family in need. We also help prepare and work at a holiday party at a shelter and we try to stress to our kids that to whom much is given, much is expected." Another mother of a 10-year-old says, "I try to show my daughter that the holidays are not all about getting — that giving to those in need is so important and we are lucky that we can. We always sponsor a child in need and shop together for gifts, and my daughter always chooses a girl her own age." Another Wellesley family has participated in the St. John Christmas Wish program for years. "We sponsor four children each year and try to teach our kids through this program that there are many families in our own community and surrounding communities that face tremen- dous hardships (often exacerbated during the holidays) and this is one small thing we can do to help." family matters "memories that last" 170 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 Recommended Holiday Picture Books n An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco n Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco n 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore n How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss n Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree by Robert Barry n 'Twas Nochebuena by Roseanne Thong n Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix n Hanukkah at Valley Forge by Stephen Krensky n Beni's First Chanukah by Jane Breskin Zalben n Mrs. Greenberg's Messy Hanukkah by Linda Glaser n The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg n My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz n Habari Gani: What's the News? A Kwanzaa Story by Sundaira Morninghouse

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