A Celebration of the Holiday Season

A collection of feel-good stories to get you in the spirit of the holidays!

  • 2017
  • 9-12
  • 13 Titles

Included in this collection

The Homestretch Reindeer Games: Could Caribou Pull Santa's Sleigh?

Does Santa use reindeer or caribou to pull his sleigh? You may be surprised by the answer! Brian Keating talks about the animal that is the perfect engine for Santa's sleigh, describing their ideal fuel source and a unique bio-mechanical feature that helps these animals hear each other during a Christmas snowstorm.
  • 2012
  • 00:07:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/09/2013

Canadian Museum of Nature Santa’s (female) reindeer

Find out more about reindeer, a holiday icon. We all know about Santa’s reindeer, but science tells us that the animals that drive Santa’s amazing journey on Christmas Eve are in fact all female – antlers and all!
  • 2014
  • 00:01:51
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 02/10/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Animation The Curse of Clara: A Holiday Tale

It’s 1972, and a small-town girl is accepted into the prestigious National Ballet School and selected to play “Clara” in The Nutcracker. Unfortunately that’s when Vickie finds out about the mysterious “Curse of Clara”, which threatens to derail everything. Thankfully, she’s got a good friend, the 1972 Summit Series and an imaginary mentor (in the form of Phil Esposito) to ...
  • 2015
  • 00:21:55
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 12/13/2016

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Animation The Great Northern Candy Drop

This poignant animation tells the true story of Inuk bush pilot Johnny May, who has flown over Kuujjuaq in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec to drop candy, toys and warm clothing to the children and residents of the community each holiday season for more than 50 years. Featuring the voices of Tantoo Cardinal and Lorne Cardinal, the film is ...
  • 2017
  • 00:21:58
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 12/20/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

Dot. The Holiday Tree

Dot is horrified to discover she’s accidentally gotten rid of all the decorations for the town tree; she works round the clock to make new ones and discovers the joy that comes with giving and sharing.
  • 2016
  • 00:11:02
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 09/08/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]