Christmas Around the World Unit Study and Free Notebooking Pages

When my children were younger, it was our tradition to do a Christmas themed unit study every year in the month leading up to Christmas. One of our favorite unit studies to do was the Christmas Around the World unit study. We loved learning how Christmas was celebrated all over the world.


With the resources here, you can do a Christmas Around the World unit study with the kids this Christmas season. There are five countries here. Studying each country for three days will give you fifteen days of lessons- approximately the number of days you'll probably do school in December. Or focus just on Christmas Around the World for one week and cover a country each day.

Christmas around the world unit study
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Kids can use the notebooking pages in this FREE printable packet to record information, recipes, or writing assignments for each country studied. The unit study can be used with multiple ages, so adapt the activities, and the whole family can get in on the fun. If you've never planned out a unit study, this post has some information as well as a free unit study planner.

General Resources for a Christmas Around the World Study

Booklist

Christmas Around the World by Mary D. Lankford- a look at how twelve different cultures celebrate Christmas

Celebrate Christmas Around the World by Beth Stevens- activities, crafts, recipes and more

Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Christmas: With Carols, Presents, and Peace by Deborah Heiligman- brief text that tells about the culture and celebration of Christmas around the world; includes colorful photography

Christmas Traditions Around the World by Carole Marsh- a short book with text and activities that explores Christmas traditions in several countries

Walk This World at Christmastime by Big Picture Press- a combination book and Advent calendar that illustrates how people around the world celebrate Christmas


Christmas Around the World (On My Own Holidays) by Emily Kelley- a simple introduction to the customs of Christmas in eight different countries

Websites

WhyChristmas.com has a Christmas Around the World page. Click on various countries to learn about the celebration of Christmas there.

Santa's Net has a page of Christmas Traditions Around the World. Click on the countries to find out about customs and traditions. You can even find out how to say "Merry Christmas" in different languages.

The Holiday Spot has an alphabetical listing of countries that you can click on to learn Christmas traditions.

Kids World Travel Guide has a page with brief segments about how other countries celebrate Christmas.

Australia

Christmas around the world Australia


Information

This page from How Stuff Works has lots and lots of information about an Australian Christmas.

This page has pictures and information about native Australian plants used in Christmas celebrations.

The North Pole has this informational page about an Australian Christmas celebration.

A mom living in Australia writes this page filled with Australian Christmas traditions, links to activities, and pictures.

Crafts and Activities

Kids can make a cute surfing Santa snow globe with this free activity from Teachers Pay Teachers. (You will need a free account.)

This Christmas in Australia flip book that kids can make is another Teachers Pay Teachers freebie.

Kids can make cute candy cane holders with the free printables here. (There is an Aussie or US version to print.)

Recipes

Make lots of great traditional Australian Christmas foods with the recipes here.

This post has a recipe for Lamingtons- a Christmas treat for Santa.

Find a recipe for Pavlova here- a favorite Christmas treat in Australia.





France

Christmas around the world France

Booklist


Information

This page gives quite a bit of information about the French Christmas celebration, including Christmas words in French and French carols.

The Local has a slideshow with the top ten French Christmas celebrations.

BBC Languages gives information about the French celebration of Christmas, including French words for traditions and a French carol.

Timeanddate.com has information about the French culture and celebration of Christmas.

Crafts and Activities

If you have Spotify (an account is free) you can listen to fourteen popular French Christmas songs with this playlist.

This post has links to a French Christmas lapbook- which is not free ($2.40) - and links to twelve French Christmas videos (which are free).

Make a French Yule Log with these instructions.

Recipes

Make Chocolat Chaud or French hot chocolate with this recipe.

With this recipe you can make French Madeleines.

Macaroons are a yummy French dessert. This is a recipe for festive Peppermint Chocolate Macaroons. (As a bonus macaroons are naturally gluten free!)

Russia

Christmas around the world Russia

Booklist






Information

This page from Russian Crafts has information about Russia's Christmas celebration.

About Travel has information about Russian Christmas traditions.

This blog- Master Russian- has a page about Russian Christmas traditions that is interesting because it has Russian words for different traditions and items.

This site is also a blog and is interesting because there are a couple of videos- including how to say "Merry Christmas" in Russian and lots of firsthand information from someone who lives in the country.

This page from Russian American Co. has some great information about the Russian Christmas celebration, including recipes and gift ideas.

Crafts and Activities

Kids can color these Russian bells that can be used as ornaments.

These Russian Star Ornaments can also be made and added to your Christmas tree.

Precious Perks blog has an awesome free Russian Christmas mini unit you can print and download (with no subscription required).

You can read Babouscka, a classic Russian Christmas story online here.

Recipes

Make Russian Christmas Bread or Krendel with this recipe.

Kutya is a Christmas cooked wheat pudding popular in Russia and some of the surrounding countries. Follow this recipe to make it.

Make dried mushroom soup- a Christmas Eve favorite- with this recipe.

Italy

Christmas around the world Italy

Booklist


Information

Read and see great pictures about Christmas in Italy from Kids World Travel Guide.

Walks of Italy has a great post about Christmas traditions in Italy. There are photos as well.

This page from About Travel has information about Christmas traditions in Italy as well as great places in Italy to go during the Christmas season.

BBC Languages has a page about Christmas traditions in Italy that includes Italian words and an Italian carol.

Kid World Citizen has a great page of information about all the holiday season celebrations in Italy, including videos of Italian Christmas songs.

Crafts and Activities

You can read a version of "La Befana" and get instructions for how to make epiphany stars here.

This is a cute- and free- Christmas in Italy packet from Teachers Pay Teachers. (You have to set up a free account.)

Almost Unschoolers has instructions for making La Befana's broom (from the story on the booklist above).

This video has some cute Italian Christmas crafts for kids.

Recipes

Make Italian Christmas cookies with these recipes from Cooking with Nonna.

Struffoli are honey-covered fritters that are an Italian Christmas favorite. Make some with this recipe.

This Christmas pasta could be a main dish during the holidays.

Mexico

Christmas around the world Mexico

Booklist


Information

Mexonline.com has this page of information about Christmas celebrations in Mexico.

Holidappy has information about Christmas in Mexico, including important dates, traditions, and a video of a Mexican Christmas song.

This page from Acapulcos has information about the Mexican Christmas celebration, including important dates, traditions, and foods.

Facts About Mexico has a long page of information about Mexican Christmas traditions, including some great photos.

Crafts and Activities

Inspired by Familia has instructions for a simple pinata to use as you talk about Christmas in Mexico.

Make your own construction paper poinsettia with these instructions.

This simple luminary path craft goes along with the celebration of Las Posadas and uses gel markers to make the path glow.

These easy-to-make aluminum ornaments are like the tin ornaments that are used in Mexican Christmas celebrations.

Recipes

Make Rosca de Reyes- a Mexican sweetbread eaten during the holiday season- with this recipe.

Sweet potato tomales are a popular Mexican Christmas food. Find the recipe for them here.

With this recipe you can make Bunuelos, a sweet fried treat.

This page has information about the traditional Mexican Christmas Eve celebration, including several recipes.

Free Christmas Around the world notebooking pages


As you and your kids enjoy learning about Christmas around the World, you can download and print these free Christmas Around the world notebooking pages. Here are some ways you can use the pages.
  • Kids can write "fascinating facts" about the Christmas celebrations of each country as you read and research.
  • Give kids copywork from some of the books you choose to read and have them copy a few sentences on to the notebooking pages.
  • Use the pages for creative writing. Have kids write a story imagining that they are celebrating Christmas in one of the countries you've learned about.
  • Dictate a few facts about each country and have kids write them as you dictate.
  • Kids can write a mini report about one of the countries that you've been reading about.





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