Travel the World With a Christmas Around the World Unit Study: A Round Up of Resources

Because I don’t like to take off too much time for Christmas break- too much unstructured time leads to antsy kids and an unhappy mom here- we often do some kind of fun Christmas-themed unit study. In several years we’ve done a Christmas Around the World themed study. Whether I use a preplanned study or find resources on my own, we’ve really enjoyed these studies. Not only did we get to learn about fun Christmas customs, we also learned about the geography and culture of many countries. In this post I’m sharing a variety of resources you can use if you want to study Christmas Around the World over the holiday season this year.

Christmas Around the World unit study for homeschool

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Education City is a UK based site. This page has some printable fact sheets about Christmas in several different countries, a few printable activity sheets, and two lesson plans that explore Christmas customs in different countries.

Christmas Around the World is an excellent website to learn Christmas customs from all over the world. There are thirty-two different countries listed, and you can click the country to read about Christmas customs and celebrations in that country over the years.

The Holiday Spot has an awesome Christmas Celebrations Around the World page. For each of the over fifty countries listed, there is information about the customs as well as a video. Some of the countries also recipes for Christmas foods or treats.

The History Channel website has some interesting information about Christmas celebrations in different countries.

This fun infographic shares information about Christmas in several different countries.

Unit Studies, Lapbooks, and Printables

Mrs. Nelson’s Class blog has a nice unit study with links to printables and information to study nine countries.

123 Homeschool 4 Me has a great Christmas Around the World ebook and passport printable as well as link up with Christmas crafts from around the world.

Homeschool Share has a great free Christmas Around the World lap book.

The Clever Classroom blog has a free printable reading list and Christmas Around the World coloring sheet. The post is also advertising a Christmas Around the World study to purchase (and it looks great), but if you scroll to the bottom, you’ll find the free printable, and the color sheet is very cute!

Confessions of a Homeschooler has a nice free printable unit study for Christmas Around the World, covering nine countries.

Pictures and Video

This slideshow on the New York Times site has photos of Christmas events and celebrations from ten places around the globe.

This interactive video has a short introduction, and then you can click on country flags at the end to learn about Christmas in that country.


Christmas Around the World by Mary D. Lankford (early elementary)
Children Just Like Me: Celebrations! by Anabel and Barnabas Kindersley (upper elementary)
Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations Around the World by Heather Conrad (K-elementary)
Christmas Around the World by Brenda Trunkhill (early elementary)
Christmas Traditions Around the World by Carole Marsh (elementary)
Christmas Around the World by Beth Stevens (an activity book)

Do you have any favorite Christmas Around the World resources?

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