Most families in Ukraine observe the Eastern Orthodox religion.
Christmas is celebrated a bit differently among Ukrainians! Instead of Santa Claus, kids expect Saint Nicholas, or Sviatyi Mykolai as he is called in Ukraine.
Happy Saint Nicholas Day!Happy Sviatyi Mykolai Day!
What is Saint Nicholas Day?
Saint Nicholas (our Santa) is a kind man, known for his good deeds and acts of charity. He helps families most in need and is the patron saint of children.
On the night of 5th December, it is said that Saint Nicholas will fill good children’s shoes with toys and gifts and they will find them on the morning of the 6th of December!
In Ukraine, Saint Nicholas, who is called Sviatyi Mykolai, visits all children during the night. Children wait for Sviatyi Mykolai to come and put a present under their pillows.
Only the kind, nice children receive a treat from Saint Nicholas. The naughty children who do not listen to their parents and teachers may end up only getting a twig or a piece of coal under their pillows.
This tradition is upheld in many countries to this day.
Did you know:
The American Santa Claus 🎅, as well as the British Father Christmas, derive from Saint Nicholas.
Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States, which is often the busiest of the year, as families and friends gather together to express gratitude for the good things that have happened over the past year.
The story behind this festival tells us that the early settlers of the Plymouth colony planned a special meal to honor a good harvest 🍱 they had in 1621. They invited the Wampanoag tribe, who lived in the same area, to enjoy the meal together. The first Thanksgiving festival 🍽 lasted for 3 days!
Nowadays, as many people live in cities (not on farms) and family members live farther apart, Thanksgiving has become a time for families 👨👩👦👦 to come together and give thanks for good things in their lives.
Thanksgiving for Kids:
Thanksgiving is a great time for children to learn about gratitude and giving thanks 🥰, to reflect on the things they are thankful for, and to express their gratitude to others; time to learn some family history and traditions, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy a delicious meal.
Thanksgiving Day is a great time for children to experience the warmth and love of family and friends ❤️, and to create lasting memories.
Are you looking forward to helping with the Thanksgiving meal preparation?
A pumpkin and a pumpkin pie 🥧 are symbols of harvest time, and pumpkin pie is usually prepared for Thanksgiving, so you can bake a pumpkin pie with your mom.
Fall, also known as autumn, is a wonderful time of the year when the weather starts to cool, and nature transforms into a colorful wonderland. There are lots of fun activities to enjoy with family and friends. It’s a time for pumpkins and warm drinks, and it’s definitely a season that Clever Hedgehog looks forward to!
Do you know what Clever Hedgehog likes to do this season? The same cool things that you can enjoy too:
Changing Leaves: One of the most exciting things about fall is that the leaves on the trees change colors. They go from green to all sorts of shades like red, orange, and yellow. How many leaves of different colors can you find?
Crisp Air: The air in the fall feels cooler and crisp. It’s a great time to put on your favorite cozy sweater and go for walks or play outside. How does the cold air feel on your face? Your hands?
Pumpkin Picking: Fall is the season for pumpkins. Families often visit pumpkin patches to pick out the perfect pumpkin to make a delicious pumpkin soup or for carving into a spooky or funny Jack-o’-Lantern for Halloween. Do you want to carve a face into a pumpkin for Halloween?
Jumping in Piles of Leaves: When the leaves fall off the trees, you can rake them into big piles and then jump into them. It’s super fun and makes a big, crunchy mess!
Cozy Reading: Fall is a great time to snuggle up with a good book. You can read stories about the season and imagine all the fun adventures you may have outside.
Clever Hedgehog suggests you reading these stories:
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Halloween: Fall has some exciting holidays like Halloween. Halloween is all about dressing up in fun costumes and going trick-or-treating for candies.
Halloween is all about having fun and using your imagination. It’s not meant to be too scary, just a little spooky and a lot of fun! So, get creative with your costume, collect lots of treats, and enjoy the excitement of Halloween!
But of course, schools around the world are different and have many different traditions.
Starting elementary school 🏫is a big deal in Germany too.
Did you know that children in Germany receive special paper cones called Schultüte (“school cone”) 🎉 on the first day of the first grade? Their parents and grandparents present them with this large decorated cone filled with toys, chocolate, candies/sweets, school supplies, and various other special treats.
Coloring and Activity Pages to Celebrate the First Day of School
Sofia Sanchez became a celebrity thanks to videos on social networks that went viral in the fall of 2016. She has a disease called Down syndrome. In her video she says that Down syndrome is “not scary”, and she glows with self-confidence and positivity.
And now photos of Sophia Sanchez grace the covers of magazines and the website of a clothing store. Her face appears on television talk shows and on the red carpet in Hollywood, and her videos on social networks receive millions of views.
Sophia was born in Ukraine and spent the first year of her life in an orphanage in Dnipro (Ukraine) until she was adopted by a couple from the USA.
A video of a 3-year-old Nazarko became popular overnight. And it all started when a friend of the family shared a video where the boy asks his mom to stay calm after seeing him spilling the flour all over the kitchen.
The video went viral with 8 million views and thousands of comments within weeks.
In social media, people call him “A Little Psychologist”, for his unique manner to tell his mother not to worry about the little things.
Instagram photos (@loveyoustepan) of the Kharkiv cat Stepan gained popularity not only among Ukrainians but also among users of social networks all over the world.
Stepan is a Ukrainian cat that has gained international fame on social media due to his unique story and adorable photos. He is known for his affectionate behavior, which includes hugging and snuggling with his owners.
On May 18-19, 2023, the famous Ukrainian cat blogger Stepan took part in a Forum of the World’s Best Influencers and Bloggers in France. He walked the red carpet wearing a bow tie in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.