A few weeks ago my daughter was playing at the park with a little girl named Noel. The girl explained to us that her birthday was on Christmas and that Noel also meant Christmas…”look it up – it’s in the really really big book“, she said, stretching out her arms. The dictionary – got it. When we got home I looked it up and showed Madelyn the name of her new friend in the big book.
Later in the week, we found this cute Noel ornament and M insisted on buying it for her friend. We’re hoping to run into her at the park again soon (and I’m sure we will). In the meantime, M has learned about the letters N-O-E-L and knows that Noel means Christmas.
Such a perfect little teaching opportunity! I love it when these things happen.
Noel (or noël, sometimes written as nowell in English) is an alternate word for Christmas. The word comes from the French word Noël meaning “Christmas” which derives from the Old French word noël, a variant of nael. The Latin origin is the word natalis (“birth“).