Every year I like to add in a homeschool Christmas lesson for geography. I’ve tried to do a Christmas Around the World unit each year focusing on a different country. I told my kids yesterday, “This year for our Christmas Around the World, we’re going to study Mexico.” They all responded with, “We study Christmas Around the World?” When I started talking about the activities they remembered, but I think they were too busy focusing on the cookies we were about to eat to remember anything.*
Christmas in Europe
So far I’ve mostly concentrated on countries our family has some connection to. Jeff’s family is primarily from Germany, with some English thrown in, and my family is from Sweden.
Christmas in Sweden, elementary– with a focus primarily on Saint Lucia and the Tomten
Christmas in Sweden, preschool– with a bit more focus on the Christmas cat, the pictures are horrible, the ideas are not
Christmas in Germany, preschool– gingerbread, lots of gingerbread
More Christmas in Europe from other people:
Christmas in Russia– I almost bought Russian nesting dolls when preparing our Advent calendar this year.
Christmas in Italy– I want to do this country soon
Christmas in France– I’m hungry after reading this post
Christmas in the Americas
Christmas in Hawaii- this is slightly different from the rest of the United States, but I only had two books: The Hawaii Snowman, and The Night Before Christmas in Hawaii, I’d like to add some activities, but they’re just not coming yet, but here’s a fun Christmas in Hawaii from someone else
Christmas in Mexico– This is coming Monday, but I love their tradition of Las Posadas
I’m also planning on throwing in a Christmas in Colonial America at some point soon, because I found the most awesome Christmas in Williamsburg* book.
More Christmas in the Americas from other people
Christmas in Africa
I have nothing, absolutely nothing myself, I am ashamed, but thankfully others do…..
Christmas in Africa by others
Christmas in Asia
You’ll notice these last two are bare of my posts, that’s because I haven’t found any really good books for them. I’ve found some great Christmas Around the World that gives you an activity for the country, but nothing that gives you more beyond a paragraph on the country and then a fun craft. I want my kids to get more than that, so I’ve been sharing Christmas Around the World posts from others to get you some better ideas.
Christmas in Asia from others
Christmas in Georgia– I will confess when I read this title I thought, Georgia, US
Looking back on this, I better step it up, and see what my library has for another country because my rate is pathetic….. I’m off to get my kids to pick some more countries…..
*The cookies are going to make a hilarious story for my Christmas in Mexico post. That is a story for another day though.
Also, originally I was going to write about my Spain books, but I have apparently deleted that post, and I just don’t have the mental fortitude to rewrite it completely right this moment.