Christmas Around the World

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    Christmas Around the World by Activity + Bonus Resources


    This Christmas Around the World unit is designed to introduce students to how different cultures across the world celebrate winter holidays. The digital portions of this resource are great for one to one classrooms or non-traditional school settings.

    Look at the preview to get a closer look at this winter holidays around the world resource and craft examples!

    What countries and holidays are covered in this resource?

    Since many places around the world celebrate the winter holiday season differently, there are fifteen different celebrations included in this resource.

    1. Christmas in Australia
    2. Christmas in Canada
    3. Chinese New Year in China
    4. Christmas in England
    5. Christmas in France
    6. Christmas in Germany
    7. Diwali in India
    8. Hanukkah in Israel
    9. Christmas in Italy
    10. Las Posadas in Mexico
    11. Christmas in the Netherlands
    12. Christmas in Russia
    13. St. Lucia’s Day in Sweden
    14. Christmas in the United States
    15. Kwanzaa in the United States

    Wow, that is a lot of holidays! There is no way I can cover this much material. Do I really need this resource?

    I agree – there is definitely not time to cover all the material covered in your resource. Having so many options lets you plan the best “Winter Holidays Around the World” unit for you and your classroom. Since each country/celebration comes with the same types of resources, you can create consistency throughout your unit.

    This is also helpful if you are teaching the unit across your entire grade level. For example, if you are teaching about Christmas in Germany and the teacher across the hall is teaching about Christmas in England, you both could use the same types of materials.

    What is included for each country?


    • letter from a snowman introducing the country and highlighting a special part of the holiday
    • greeting poster for students to color
    • ‘On holiday’ fill-in-the-blank notes pages
    • ‘On holiday’ open-ended notes pages
    • writing paper
    • post card featuring greeting
    • snow globe ornament
    • print and go craft
    • answer keys


    • real photo introduction slide
    • letter from a snowman introducing the country and highlighting a special part of the holiday
    • celebration and greeting slide
    • three slides that match student ‘On holiday’ fill-in-the-blank notes page
    • temperature/weather INTERACTIVE slide
    • word search INTERACTIVE slide
    • writing INTERACTIVE slide
    • digital craft INTERACTIVE slide

    Are there any benefits to purchasing the full unit instead of building my own with particular countries?

    Yes, the following items are included as bonuses with the bundle: teacher guide with information about each holiday, book list, passport and stamps template, and original crafts from the 2014 version of this resource.

    How can I utilize the digital portions of this resource?

    The digital version has two main components: teacher-led slides and interactive slides.

    The first six slides included are great for presenting to your students as you talk about the traditions of this country. Slides 4-6 also match up with the printable ‘On holiday’ fill-in-the-blank notes page. This is a great opportunity for your students to follow along and complete that worksheet.

    The next four slides are interactive, meaning your students can actually manipulate things on the slide if you are using EDIT mode.

    • Weather: if you are ‘visiting’ each country students can look up the temperature and weather when you ‘arrive’ – this slide is great for comparing and contrasting where you live to the country you are visiting
    • Word Search: this is simply a digital variation of the print version – all the words are the same
    • Writing: this slide is intentionally left quite blank, giving you the freedom to assign any writing to the students (favorite tradition of the country, how their celebrations differ from the students’ experiences, etc.)
    • Digital craft: this is an alternative to creating a paper craft; students will follow the directions and manipulate the pieces on the screen

    I don’t know much about holidays and traditions that I don’t celebrate. How will I know what to teach my students?

    In your download, there is an informational page written for you that highlights some of the customs of each holiday. The teacher guide is included to provide you with some background information on the traditions of each country, however there are many more than what is included. You can also find more in-depth information for the traditions and customs mentioned on the internet or in books such as Christmas Around the World by Mary Lankford.

    For each country, you also receive a letter/note from a snowman that highlights a tradition or two from each celebration.

    What is the best way to utilize this resource in a kindergarten or first grade classroom?

    Covering Christmas Around the World in early elementary classrooms can be tough. There is a lot of information being thrown at your students. I suggest you

    • Introduce the country with the snowman letter
    • Read a picture book from the selection provided on the book list
    • Complete the On Holiday… pages where students write about the location and complete a fill-in-the-blank page on customs
    • Create a print and go craft for students to keep in their ‘suitcase’
    • Follow-up with a snow globe ornament, word search, or writing activity

    Are there crafts included in this resource?

    Yes! There is one print craft and one digital craft per country/celebration. All the print crafts are in a print and go format, meaning you need no additional materials aside from paper, crayons, and glue.

    How is this resource organized?

    Through the TpT bundle tool, you will be able to download each country separately.

    However, if you want to access the bonuses with this resource, you can download the ZIP file, which comes with two options. In this file, you can choose to print your resource by country or by activity.

    I want my students to “travel” around the world as we complete this unit. How can I do that?

    Your download comes with a passport for your students and a page of stamps for each country that you visit. Many teachers choose to set up their chairs like seats on a plane or train and have students “travel” to each destination.

    Another fun way to incorporate traveling is to use brown paper bags from a grocery store as suitcases! Students can store all their materials and crafts for your unit in their “suitcase” and take everything home at the end of the month.

    I don’t have time to do a full Christmas Around the World unit. Do you have any quick no-prep Christmas resources?

    If you’re looking for a no-prep pack about Christmas to use for morning work or send home as a winter break pack, you may be interested in my Kindergarten Christmas Around the World No Prep Worksheets. Resource Ranch offers a similar resource for first grade!

    The country/celebration I want to cover is not included. Can you add it to your resource?

    There are so many wonderful holidays during the winter months. At this time, I will not be adding any other countries or celebrations to this pack.

    Total Pages
    268 Pages + 150 Slides
    Answer Key
    Teaching Duration
    2 Weeks
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