Planning to explore Christmas Around the World in your homeschool this holiday season? You’re in the right place! Today I’m sharing more than 100 resources to help you along.
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My kiddos and I look forward to learning about Christmas in other countries each year as December approaches. That’s why I’m always looking for new resources to add to our mix and curating a collection of favorites from years past. I’m happy to share these resources with you today in hopes of making your planning a bit easier.
Ideas for Studying Christmas Around the World
For digging deeper, we loved this Christmas Around the World Online Unit Study in past years. I especially recommend this if you prefer a paid option that’s interactive, but doesn’t require much planning on your part in an already-busy season.
For printable activities and worksheets, consider this Christmas Around the World Holiday Downloadable Unit from Teaching Superkids and these Christmas Around the World No-Prep Printable Activities. Also, you can find a variety of country maps for coloring on Crayola.com. These can be used as needed for your holiday learning.
Food is another fun way to experience Christmas traditions in other parts of the world. This video of American kids trying international Christmas foods is a great example of that. 🙂
I also think it’s fun to make flag ornaments for various countries and display them on your Christmas tree. Lastly, you can download Education.com’s Merry Christmas worksheet and practice the greeting in different languages.
Christmas Around the World, Country by Country
You may prefer to hone in on one or two specific countries as you study Christmas around the world. Here’s a list of resources to check out, country by country.
There are lots of resources available for learning about Christmas in Australia. Learn with Play at Home has a fantastic post that includes traditions, food, and crafts, but you can also look for books like Christmas Wombat and An Aussie Night Before Christmas.
Canada is a large country with people from lots of different backgrounds, so it’s hard to lock in on too many Christmas traditions and celebrations that are widespread. That said, you can look at the Why Christmas overview and the Paradise Praises post to get an idea of what happens in each region. I also love Heart and Soul Homeschooling’s Christmas in Canada post.
As for book suggestions, check into A Christmas Dress for Ellen and this A Ptarmigan in a Birch Tree: 12 Days of Christmas in Canada’s North.
While Christmas isn’t typically celebrated in China, Why Christmas does a great job showing the secular celebrations that happen there. Similarly, Cornerstone Confessions shares some insight on why those celebrations are strictly secular.
And since it’s not always easy to find crafts to match Christmas in China, smaller versions of these Chinese lanterns would make nice DIY Christmas ornaments. 🙂
You may also find this to be a great time to read The Family Under the Bridge as a read aloud. It’s not necessarily about French culture, but it’s a wonderful story centering around a Parisian family at Christmastime.
Studying Christmas in Germany? Don’t miss these Christmas in Germany ideas from Rock Your Homeschool and this worksheet pack from Education.com. And, because I can’t resist another chance to think about Walt Disney World, I think you’ll like this Christmas in Germany video from Epcot’s Germany Pavilion.
Also, Wanted Adventure has some Christmas in Germany videos to check out like this one on German Christmas foods and one on weird Christmas traditions.
Worth noting, if you watch the one on the Weird German Christmas Traditions, you may want to skip to the 2 minute, 15 second mark. The first tradition focuses on the counterpart to St. Nicholas who punishes naughty children. No kidding, even as an adult, that parade footage could give me nightmares in a hot minute. The rest of the video is super interesting though.
Why Christmas and 1234Christmas are both great starting points for Christmas in Greece. You can also find a thorough explanation for Greek Christmas traditions at The Boondocks Blog, but this article from Ornament Shop specifically dials in on the symbolism involved in Greek celebrations.
Lastly, you can get hands on with your kids with this Christmas boats craft. I also like this 3d version, but I couldn’t find specific instructions for it. You can modify this paper boat by adding a craft stem and some foam Christmas characters or snowflakes (with lots of whites and blues) to get similar results.
For Indonesia, you’ll want to see the Why Christmas overview and look at Christmas in Indonesia by Blessed Learners for a native perspective. For something hands on, you could include these Indonesian paper dolls.
Check out my Christmas in Italy Unit Study for a look at Christmas celebrations, foods, and craft ideas in Italy.
If you’re not familiar with Christmas in Kenya, you’ll find this overview from Why Christmas to be helpful. I also like 1234 Christmas’ write-up; they’ve included some great photographs, including a Kenyan Christmas tree. It would also be fun to make a batch of Mandazi (east African donuts) to enjoy as you explore Christmas in Kenya.
The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie dePaola is a my favorite place to start learning about Christmas in Mexico.
As far as digging deeper, check out this Christmas in Mexico lesson from Adventures in Mommydom, this printable packet from Education.com, or this Holidays Around the World: Mexico study from Education Possible. You can also watch the Mexico Storyteller for EPCOT’s Holidays Around the World:
Lastly, this cute poinsettia craft would be a pretty addition to a Christmas in Mexico focus.
For the Netherlands, check out Education.com’s printable overview. You may also find this video helpful:
Education Possible’s Christmas in New Zealand study and Education.com’s Christmas in New Zealand packet are great resources. I also like this post from Changes in Longitude. Although it overlaps with Australia, it has some good photos from Christmas in New Zealand.
As for reading, I like Jan Brett’s Who’s that Knocking on Christmas Eve?
You can learn about Christmas in Poland through this overview from Why Christmas, but you can also get the details on a traditional Christmas Eve feast in this post from The Spruce. These “toddler approved” ideas would also be great additions to a Christmas in Poland focus (even for big kids).
You can explore Christmas in South Africa with help from Wind in a Letterbox and Kid World Citizen. Both have great information; Melanie from Wind in a Letterbox writes from the perspective of a Christian celebrating Christmas in South Africa, whereas the Kid World Citizen post is more of an overview.
Why Christmas and Paradise Praises both have great overviews of Christmas in Spain, but I also like this post from Kid World Citizen because of all the great photos of the Three Kings arriving in Spain.
For Sweden, consider Education.com’s free printable pack, Helping Hand Homeschool’s Christmas in Sweden Unit Study, Starts at Eight’s Swedish Woven Heart craft, and books like Lucia Morning in Sweden and The Tomten.
You can explore Christmas in Ukraine with the Why Christmas overview, this detailed explanation of the legend of the Christmas Spider, and beautiful storybooks like Cobweb Christmas and A Christmas Spider’s Miracle.
Helping Hand Homeschool has this unit study about Christmas traditions in Britain, but you can also learn about Christmas in the United Kingdom through the overview from Why Christmas. Better yet, you can explore Christmas in England, Ireland, and Scotland individually:
Curious about Christmas traditions in Ireland? Homeschool Your Boys has you covered with this Christmas in Ireland Unit Study.
United States of America
As for the United States, this Christmas at the White House post from Hide the Chocolate is a fun glimpse into Christmas traditions in America. You can also look into books like Christmas in the Big Woods, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, or The Carpenter’s Gift for a look at Christmas at other times in American history.
For Puerto Rico, don’t miss A Diligent Heart’s Christmas in Puerto Rico reflections and the Why Christmas Overview. You may also want to experience some of the tastes of Puerto Rico through these recipes for Quesitos (a puff pastry with a cream cheese mixture), Mantecaditos cookies, or Arroz con Dulce (coconut rice pudding).
Do you have favorite Christmas Around the World resources that I missed here? If so, share them in the comments below so we can check into them.