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Celebrating Christmas

A resource book exploding with ideas and activities for Christmas.

Celebrating Christmas by Melinda Blyton
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This book is written mindful of the many commitments which occur in mid to late December. It is designed to help teachers to gain a new perspective towards dealing with Christmas in the classroom. The book is exploding with ideas and activities to assist children of all creeds and cultures, to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of this special time of the year. December 25th has long been celebrated as a day of festivities. This book explores the history and traditions that surround this season of promise and hope. It helps to illustrate that celebration of Christmas is often a multicultural celebration with many traditions borrowed from all over the globe. This book contains six chapters, each of which focuses on a different aspect of Christmas. The book follows the format of: Historical information and related stories and legends. Suggested activities based upon the chapter’s theme. The activities have been designed to be incorporated across the curriculum and all are fun and educational. Activity sheets that may be photocopied for classroom use. The activities can be adapted to suit children from kindergarten to year six. Most of the art and craft activities in this book use recycled materials. To help gather these resources send a note home in early October informing parents and guardians of the type of materials that would be useful for the children’s Christmas art and craft activities, such as old Christmas cards, unloved Christmas decorations, Christmas stamps, buttons and fabric scraps.
Ready-Ed Publications; November 2000
64 pages; ISBN 9781863973502
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Title: Celebrating Christmas
Author: Melinda Blyton; Terry Allen
 
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What does Christmas Mean?

Invite the children to share what Christmas means to them. The teacher, as scribe, records each answer on a large piece of paper in the shape of a tree, bell or star. The children could make up individual poems using various Christmas shapes. Publish them in your school’s newsletter, parish bulletin or local newspaper.

Christmas Cancelled!

Ask the class to imagine life without Christmas.

v What would it be like? What would you miss most?

v What do you think people might forget about Christmas as years go by?

Record their responses. Discuss with the class that Christmas was cancelled many years ago because the government believed that the people had forgotten the real meaning of Christmas.

What if Christmas was cancelled this year? Share with the class how newspapers often sensationalize events and news stories. Invite the children to design the front page of their own newspaper featuring the story of Christmas being cancelled.

A Christmas Carol

Read or watch a video of the story A Christmas Carol. Discuss the children’s feelings and thoughts on the story and the title. What message do you think Dickens is sending to his readers? Why do you think he wrote this story? What would be another title for the story?

Help the children make a Christmas Past, Present and Future collage or booklet. Using cards, catalogues and magazines, cut out pictures, words and phrases which illustrated Christmas being celebrated in the past, present, and in the future. The children may need to draw some of their own pictures to glue on for the future section. Glue the pictures onto a piece of A4 paper and write words around them that describe the Christmas season in each particular period. To make a booklet from the collages simply make a cover using another A4 sheet and staple the sheets together.