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Instead of just having a "Christmas" party in December (I promise this is related to St. Patrick's Day!), I encourage my room moms to step out of their comfort zone and do a rotation for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and secular Christmas. This year my room mom bought a huge supply of chocolate Hanukkah gelt (chocolate coins). I saved the extras and knew I wanted to use them for Hanukkah.
I found this super cute writing idea on The Teacher Wife's Blog
I loved her topic but decided to just let them write about "If I had a pot of gold..." They earned the gold coins all day for different things. They wrote their 5 sentences and then they had half a sheet of black construction paper to turn into a pot.
The chocolate coins worked well-- they do fall off when hanging in the hallway, if people touch them :)