We brought home so many books on Christmas around the world.  We have read a lot of them, but we focused on just a few countries.  I used Galloping the Globe as my guide.  This is a good website for information about Christmas in other countries, as GTG suggests.  Discovery Education videos were used for each country, including a series of videos called “Christmas Tales from Foreign Lands.”  I liked the story about “Busy Befana,” an Italian folklore.

Africa

An African Christmas

Reggae Christmas Music on YouTube – that was fun!!

We made Chin Chin, an African Christmas treat.

Mexico

Too Many Tamales

Las Posadas

The Legend of the Poinsettia – we made poinsettias to hang on our little tree

We made Mexican ring cookies and mini pinata party favors that we took to a neighbor friend.

The boys woke up to treasures in their shoes like the children in Mexico receive.  They thought that was hilarious!

Japan

We loved the book Tree of Cranes.  It’s a very sweet little story.

We  made fans to hang on our little tree.

YouTube videos on Christmas in Japan.  The boys always love hearing the Japanese speak and sing!

Favorite Christmas Literature Picks…

The B- I- B-L-E!!  Where the Christmas story is told, whether or not the whole world celebrates Christ’s birth!

Little Drummer Boy

The Little Reindeer – we learned to draw Reindeer from our art book.  They turned out so cute!

What Star Is This

What is Christmas?

God Gave Us Christmas

We also enjoyed learning about the different symbols of Christmas and hanging those symbols on our little tree.  Our lapbook for that turned out well!

A great book for Advent:

The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions

So lots of reading, which is just fine with me!  There’s nothing like reading all cuddled up by the Christmas tree!

We have some more to do before we take our Christmas break.

I have lots to do!

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