General Resources for a Christmas Around the World Study
BooklistSanta's Aussie Holiday by Maria Farrer and Anna Walker
An Aussie Night Before Christmas adapted by Yvonne Morrison
Christmas Wombat by Jackie French
Santa Koala by Colin Buchanan
Santa's Secret by Mike Dumbleton
InformationThis 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
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.)
RecipesMake lots of great traditional Australian Christmas foods with the recipes here.
Find a recipe for Pavlova here- a favorite Christmas treat in Australia.
Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
Babar and Father Christmas by Jean De Brunhoff
InformationThis 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 ActivitiesIf 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.
RecipesMake Chocolat Chaud or French hot chocolate with this recipe.
Macaroons are a yummy French dessert. This is a recipe for festive Peppermint Chocolate Macaroons. (As a bonus macaroons are naturally gluten free!)
InformationThis 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 ActivitiesKids 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.
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.
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola
Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing by Amy Welborn
Nonna, Tell Me a Story: Lidia's Christmas Kitchen by Lidia Bastianich
InformationRead 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
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.
RecipesMake 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.
The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola
Too Many Tamales byGary Soto
Home for Navidad by Harriet Ziefert
The Miracle of the First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story by Joanne Oppenheim
InformationMexonline.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
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.
RecipesMake 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.
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.