There are many reasons I do not like holiday storytimes.
- They aren’t inclusive. They just aren’t. Storytime Underground has a great post here about why.
- They are restrictive. For me, personally, it is really hard to be creative when I am only allowed to do “Halloween” or “Christmas,” or, “Valentine’s Day.” I like a broader theme that allows for variety.
- Speaking of not being creative, you’d be doing holiday themes every week. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, ohmygod I’m so tired of holiday crap. Where is your time for more creative storytimes?
So, if you want to ditch holiday storytimes, but still hanging on to your festive attitude, try these alternatives:
- Beginnings and endings
- Months of the year
St. Patrick’s Day
Mother’s / Father’s Day
- Families of all kinds
- Spooky stories
- Creeps & Monsters
So there’s something to get you started. Forget about holiday storytimes! Broader, more inclusive themes are more fun anyway!