Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Christmas 2020 With All Kinds of Traditional Happenings and Social Distancing with Zoom
Social Distancing with Zoom for Christmas 2020
Sara Sargent's Always Together At Christmas is here for this holiday season 2020 with a timely story and picture book to introduce social distancing to your children and using Zoom to connect over the holidays. This creative picture book comes just in time to use as a great tool to discuss how your holiday season will be celebrated. Family traditions will be slightly fine-tuned to share with everyone in one way or another. Even Santa and his elves might have to change their methods of bringing gifts this year. The magic of Christmas is still here and families will develop new traditions in order to adapt to not being together this year. Do you expect Santa to be seen through your tv this year?
Mark Chambers contributed his talent as an illustrator with delightful and colorful illustrations to show the ways that families will practice social distancing this year and still celebrate together with family and friends. Neighbors are seen waving across the yard to everyone. Author Sara Sargent also includes a creative list of ways to create some new traditions this year. How about sending an email to Santa instead of visiting him at the mall? How about having a virtual party to decorate Christmas cookies.
Always Together at Christmas is a charming book to help your family celebrate the holiday season in this crazy year of 2020. It was published by Random House Children's Books and is recommended for ages 3-8. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-38084-0.
Enjoy this holiday season!
Creative Illustrations for Traditions and Some Twists to This Year for Celebrating
Bring This Creative Picture Book Into Your Christmas Celebrations for 2020
Sara Sargent's Always Together at Christmas is right on time to help families this year with some very different ways to celebrate while practicing social distancing. Stories and picture books are always a great way to introduce a concept or idea for family discussions when things are a little different in situations. Virtual celebrations and the use of Zoom will be the norm for Christmas celebrations for this crazy year of 2020. The illustrations in Always Together at Christmas portray family celebrations, neighbors waving across the yard to everyone, and Santa speaking to children through television instead of the annual visit to the mall. A young girl is also part of the illustrations with her use of Zoom and holding her phone to wish a Merry Christmas to her grandpa.
Sara Sargent also includes a list of ideas for families to implement this year for celebrating Christmas 2020. Technology will be a huge part of family celebrations this year. Our children are well-versed in using all of the great technology that we have and many ideas can be incorporated into your celebrations with the use of technology. I love the idea of a virtual party to decorate Christmas cookies. I also love the idea of sending an email to Santa instead of taking the annual trip to the mall to let him know your child's wishes this year. Sending an email presents the opportunity for children to use their writing skills through the use of technology. They can also incorporate pictures into their emails.
The post office might be somewhat busier this year if your family chooses to send more packages than you traditionally send. Sara Sargent includes an idea for creating a special package with activities to do together over videl chatting.
Chambers includes an illustration of delivering food baskets to neighbors. These can be left at their door while practicing social distancing.
You might engage your children in a discussion of their ideas for using technology this year to stay close to family and friends this year after reading Always Together at Christmas. Children might like to create Christmas cards while video chatting with family and friends.
Merry Christmas 2020!
© 2020 Cindy Hewitt