5 ways to celebrate the holidays with The New York Times – Low Calorie Diets Tips

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and a Happy New Year.

The learning network is on hiatus from December 23, 2021 to January 3, 2022, but as we head into a second pandemic winter, we’re bringing you both 2021-specific ideas for celebrating or recreating the holidays, as well as timeless delights like gingerbread houses, festive playlists, ugly sweaters and spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Below are some recent Times articles, interactive features, and writing exercises to help you celebrate the season, reflect on the past year, and look forward to the year ahead.

Which famous face helped his team win this year’s Super Bowl? Which movie did Chloé Zhao direct and become the first woman of color to win the Oscar for Best Director? America’s longest war ended this year; Where was the fight? Which comedian released a controversial Netflix comedy special?

Find out how to find the right answers by taking our special 2021 news quiz.

As 2021 draws to a close, these writing suggestions invite you to do so she tell us what you will remember from that time:

  • Take a look at the year in pictures. Which images do you notice? Why? Then, as our accompanying lesson plan suggests, do a year in pictures of your own life. what would you include Why?

  • Check out The New York Times Critics Lists for the best movies, TV shows, actors, songs, albums, podcasts, recipes, dance, theater, art, books and graphic novels. Then let us know: What were the best (and worst) things about 2021 for you?

  • Oxford Dictionaries has chosen “vax” as word of the year. Merriam-Webster chose Vaccine. What would you nominate for word of the year and why? You can also look back on the year in emojis and tell us which one you use the most this year.

  • In a year of so many challenges, it can be helpful to look back and appreciate the good. What was the best day of 2021 for you?

Discuss or write about your experiences — good or bad — by answering these seasonal questions we’ve asked students over the years:

Use your imagination to write a short story, poem or memory inspired by these winter and holiday related images from our Picture Prompt column:

These articles are just a taste of the holiday-related articles The Times has published this year and in previous years. Here are a few more activities to keep you busy this season:

  • Read how the loss of holiday traditions over the past two years has freed some people and inspired them to forge new celebrations — or skip them altogether. What new traditions would you like to start this year?

  • In the spirit of giving, find a cause you care about and find out how to donate with Opinion Department’s Holiday Giving Guide.

  • Dream of distant places as you visit the 52 places readers say have comforted them through a dark year. What places have comforted you?

  • Enjoy some holiday crosswords.

  • Try making a new meal like these holiday cookies, these classic potato latkes, a crispy roast duck, or doro wat, a traditional Hanukkah dish for Ethiopian Jews. For more ideas, check out The New York Times’ Complete Cookery Collections for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

  • Practice self-care. Here are tips for getting through another pandemic-related holiday season safe and healthy, dealing with difficult relatives, coping with loss or loneliness, calming your mind, and having a stress-free holiday season.

  • Learn the history of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, then flip through the January 1, 1905 issue of The New York Times to learn about that year’s fireworks display at the Times Building, or read the issue dated December 31, 1907 after the first ball drop.

  • If you believe in the power of New Year’s resolutions, learn some ways to keep them. You can also commit to living a healthier tech life, or take our Resolutions quiz to test your vocabulary and get even more tips.

  • Look forward to the events that will “shake or shake the world gently” in 2022 such as the International Kite Festival in Ahmedabad, India, the Beijing Winter Olympics and the inaugural Tour de France Femmes. Or, dive into this series of essays on what critical moments from this year could mean for the year ahead. Then come up with your own predictions for the next year.

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