We have been exploring Christmas around the world and all the differences there are in traditions and celebrations. Despite all the differences we could see that there are people all over the world celebrating the birth of Jesus, a truth we kept coming back to throughout all these activities. We enjoyed Christmas celebrations, Christmas crafts, Christmas cookies (and other special foods) and Christmas cheer.
We chose a few cities and found out what continent and country they are in, what language they speak and what the climate is at Christmas time. Then we researched what Christmas is like in that city. Some of the cities we chose for their unique Christmas traditions and others because we know people living there.
We enjoyed some crafts from around the world.
– Danish woven hearts
– Scandinavian gnomes (inspired by these, although we used cardboard rolls and cotton wool balls)
– Stencilling Mexican patterns (using bunting from Kmart as a stencil)
– Painting poinsettias with cardboard tubes (idea from here)
– Paper parol from the Philippines (instructions here)
– Class gifts for the little man to give (chocolate bar wrapped and decorated)
We baked cookies from other countries. Links to some of the recipes we used are here and here, the other recipes we used are family favourites.
We matched the Christmas greeting in different languages to the country in which they speak it.
We hope you are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus wherever you are.