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New Orleans actor-musician Roland \"Butch\" Caire Jr. stars in a one-man musical that takes a Christian approach to the legend of Santa Claus, starting with the childhood of St. Nicholas and emphasizing that the traditions of Christmas are an outgrowth of Christian love and giving. Meet Santa after the show. Production is aimed at children from pre-kindergarten through third grade, though all may enjoy it. What was St. Nicholas like as a child? How did he become the person we call Santa Claus? Why is Santa called different names in different countries? How did stockings by the chimney begin? And just how does he manage to bring gifts to children all over the world? Most importantly, he reminds us that the traditions of Christmas are an outgrowth of Christian love and giving. This critically acclaimed show warms hearts in kids from 1 to 92. The Amazing True Story of Santa Claus traverses history and culture to reflect on the many traditions that are part of the Christmas holiday. This Study Companion investigates these traditions and provides opportunities for further consideration of the meaning behind Christmas. During these investigations, students will reflect on the interactions between family traditions and settings and how creating the imagery of a setting can connect to mathematical concepts that include shapes, area and perimeter, 4 | P a g e learn about parts of speech, read a poem well-loved for generations and investigate the poem’s authorship. In Exploring Santa Traditions: All in the Family students will learn about Christmas traditions from other parts of the world, brainstorm about their own family’s traditions, develop their own narrative descriptive essay about family traditions, create their own crayon resist to illustrate their essay and then transform their artwork into a design for a possible set for a production about Christmas. This lesson also builds on mathematical concepts students learn in preschool: shape recognition and identification. As an example, a shape made of straight lines with four equal sides is a square, a shape made of three straight lines is a triangle, a shape made of straight lines where the sides opposite each other (parallel) are equal is a rectangle and so forth. In this lesson, we will expand on students’ understanding of both shapes and measurement by exploring them through the lens of set design. In Exploring Santa Traditions: Timeline students will further reflect on the presence of Santa in the United States, beginning with the first mention of Santa in an American newspaper in 1773. The Amazing True Story of Santa Claus: Anagrams for Christmas guides students as they reflect on another version of the story of Santa (as told in Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation.) Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation incorporates an anagram as a plot devise. Students will reflect on how the Phineas and Ferb Christmas story uses an anagram, look at possible ideas for other Christmas anagrams and then create their own. In The Amazing True Story of Santa Claus: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Mad Lib students will learn about parts of speech, read a poem well-loved for generations, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and then create their own version using JPAS Mad Libs. ’Twas the Night Before Christmas: Moore or Livingston? dives deeper into this well-known and well-loved poem, investigating its authorship. Was it really written by Henry Livingston, or someone else?