One upon a time there was a mama with two little girls and a baby boy. Being a homeschooling mama, she was idealistic and energetic, and, above all, enthusiastic. Christmas was coming, and she wanted to do something fun and educational with girls–something that really captures the excitement of the season, but because she was a lifelong learner herself at heart, something that she could look back on and say, “Yes! We learned AND we had fun!” So she did what she does best: she started with books. She added a few crafty projects, no more than a couple per country studied, and occasionally a recipe instead (when she wasn’t feeling very crafty). What was born from this was a sort of play-by-play series of blog posts detailing what we did starting half a decade ago when the girls were primary-aged and full of wide-eyed wonder.
Fast-forward another half decade or so, and the girls are mature tweenagers and the boys–a pair of them–are similar in age to the girls when we started this journey around the world at Christmas all those years ago. I decided it’s time to dig these posts out of the archives, dust them off, and share them again. And it’s time for me to do it again with my boys, so I’m taking my own advice. 🙂 If I do anything different and noteworthy this year, I’ll blog about it and link it here.
- A good place to start: my review of Christmas Around the World by Mary D. Lankford
- Christmas Around the World: Italy (book, craft, and recipe)
- Christmas Around the World: Mexico (books and a craft)
- Christmas Around the World: Mexico (poinsettia art activity)
- Christmas Around the World: Russia (book and a craft)
- Christmas Around the World: Russia (The Miracle of St. Nicholas book)
- Christmas Around the World: Sweden (books and a craft)
- Christmas Around the World: Turkey (We haven’t studied Turkey proper, but these are books about St. Nicholas that would fit in nicely with a Turkey study.)
Those are the countries we’ve studied over the years. Have you studied any others country’s Christmas traditions? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!