In this guest post, I’m sharing how Jean, a fellow mommy blogger at Sweet Happy Nest, keeps language learning thriving with her family with her favorite Christmas book!
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Language is such a cool thing.
It’s powerful in its ability to bring people together.
Learning another language or raising our kids bilingually is a wonderful way to introduce our children to different cultures and people groups.
In college, I had the opportunity of studying abroad in Central and South America while minoring in Spanish.
Though I am out of practice now, I loved learning another language.
Having the opportunity to explore the world and converse with people from different cultures is one of the great joys of my life.
It led to a lot of fun opportunities when I returned to the United States as well.
One of my favorite memories is when I was waitressing at a Chinese restaurant in college. I was assigned to a table of fifteen Latino men. One man started ordering for each person at the table.
After I explained that I spoke Spanish we had the time of our lives. The table was hilarious, and it was so fun to get the opportunity to speak with them. Plus, I’m pretty sure they gave me the best tip of my career.
The Best Education I have ever received was through travel.
The Perfect Christmas Book
Being bilingual brings opportunities that monolingual individuals miss out on. It shows us a different view of the world and gives us the chance to experience life through the eyes and hearts of another culture.
Our search was rewarded when we found a fantastic book by Virginia Kroll, “Uno, Dos, Tres, Posada!”
We like the book because it shares little bits of language and culture in a way our four-year-old can understand.
Through this book, our preschooler has learned his first ten numbers in Spanish as well as a few short words. He also was able to understand the tradition of Posada in a fun way!
Posada marks the nine-day journey of Joseph and the Virgin Mary to find lodging for Christ’s birth. In Mexico, it is tradition to celebrate las posadas (the inns) from December 16th to December 24th every night with a party. To learn more about how each night is commemorated, grab a copy of Kroll’s beautifully illustrated story.
We’ve had a great time lighting luminarias (paper lanterns), setting up the Nacimiento (Nativity), and celebrating Navidad with friends and family!
We hope that this book inspires you to enjoy Posada! It’s the perfect time of year to learn about a different culture through a joyful experience.
Feliz Navidad y prospero año nuevo!