Social Studies (NYS K-12 Framework Common Core)
Intermediate, Commencement, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
This video, from History.com's archives, focuses on holidays like Christmas that were celebrated before Jesus was alive.
Origins of Christmas
SS.6.4 COMPARATIVE WORLD RELIGIONS (ca. 2000 B.C.E – ca. 630 C.E): Major religions and belief systems developed in the Eastern Hemisphere. There were important similarities and differences between these belief systems.
SS.6.4.a Civilizations and complex societies developed belief systems and religions that have similar as well as different characteristics.
SS.6.4.b.1 Students will study the belief systems of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism by looking at where the belief system originated, when it originated, founder(s) if any, and the major tenets, practices, and sacred writings or holy texts for each. (Note: Although not within this historic period, students may also study Sikhism and other major belief systems at this point.)
SS.6.4.c.2 Students will explore the influence of various belief systems on contemporary cultures and events.
SS.E.2 Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in world history and examine the broad sweep of history from a variety of perspectives.