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Christmas Around the World

Cross curriculum activities researching global Christmas customs and traditions.

Christmas Around the World by Judy Gabrovec
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"Christmas Around the World" is an activity book for 8 -12 year olds that explores how different countries celebrate Christmas. The book provides children with a variety of research, art, craft and cooking activities designed to give children the opportunity to examine the Christmas traditions and customs of other countries and cultures.

Some of the research activities incorporate the use of the Internet as a research tool and a comprehensive list of Online References relating to Christmas is included.

Bookmark all the Internet sites before you begin this unit of work. If you have more than one computer available the sites for each country can be bookmarked on different computers and the children can rotate around the computers.

The activities are ideal for group work with each group looking at one country. The group can choose an art or craft activity and a recipe relating to the country from the book. At the end of the unit of work a presentation day and a "cooking and tasting" day can be planned. On the presentation day, the children can display their craft and give a talk on what they have learnt about how their country celebrates Christmas. On the "cooking and tasting" day, children from the each group could be responsible for providing the ingredients for the recipes and the tasting of the food could replace the traditional class Christmas party.

Sometimes Internet websites disappear. If you can’t connect with the site immediately, try again at a later time. The site might have only disappeared temporarily or moved to another location.

If a site does disappear, the Online Reference page provides a comprehensive list of Christmas sites that can be used for the research activities. The list is only a fraction of the Christmas sites on the Internet and if the children can use the search engines they will be able to locate many more that could assist in their research.

Ready-Ed Publications; November 2000
56 pages; ISBN 9781863972680
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Title: Christmas Around the World
Author: Judy Gabrovec; Melinda Parker
 
Excerpt

Holiday Traditions in Spain

Go to www.readyed.com.au/christmas/spain.htm

1. An unusual tradition in Spain is "Hogueras". Explain what this tradition involves.

2. List the Spanish traditions which are similar to that of most countries.

3. What is "La Misa Del Gallo"?

4. Describe what would be served at a traditional Spanish Christmas dinner.

5. What is a truffle?

6. What might be served as dessert?

The Legend of the Three Wise Men

o Fill in the missing words.

The legend tells of three ........................ ........................ travelling throughout the country

on their way to ........................................... To welcome them, ............................................

fill their shoes with ............................... on .......................................... ................................

For their efforts, their shoes are filled with ................................... on the following morning.

The most popular of the three wise men is ..............................................

1. On what date is the Epiphany?

2. Why do you think the Three Wise Men were travelling to Bethlehem?

3. Why do the children fill their shoes with straw?

4. Why do you think Balthazar is considered to be the most popular of the Three Wise Men?