In an effort to be affirming, reflective, and critical about how we approach and celebrate holidays as school communities, we have curated a list of culturally sustaining and anti-racist educational resources and conversation guides for educators and families. This list aims to provide an inclusive understanding of the winter holiday season and strategies for supporting all students.

While holidays are generally thought of as cultural practices, we also know that non-dominant cultures and religions are often racialized and seen as “other” in the United States. We also acknowledge that this time of year can bring up a mix of emotions for students and families alike. Feelings of anxiety, sadness, and depression are common and can be amplified for families of color and marginalized communities. We encourage educators to be mindful of how this holiday season may impact the young people under their care.

Teaching About the Winter Holidays:

Christian Privilege, Hegemony, and the Winter Holiday Season:

Celebrating Kwanzaa:

Islam and the Winter Holiday Season:

Judaism and the Winter Holiday Season:

Whiteness and the Holidays:

Celebrating Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) and the Winter Holiday Season:

Mental Health and the Holidays: