Christmas: What is the History behind this Holiday? (A guide to Christmas!)
This Christmas Holiday lesson is included in the 14-lesson Holiday Collection, located here!
This pack includes lessons on Johnny Appleseed, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, President's Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Saint Patrick's Day (St Patrick's Day), Veteran's Day, Memorial Day, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Day!
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This Christmas Holiday lesson is also included in the larger Winter Holiday Bundle, which includes lessons on Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the New Year celebrations!
The Winter Holiday Bundle is located here!
In this highly-engaging Christmas Holiday lesson, students complete three hands-on activities to learn about the history and origins of Christmas.
Students complete a guided reading assignment with "check-in's" to make sure they are understanding the content. In this first activity, students are introduced to Christmas' early roots in the Roman Empire, the Roman Saturnalia festival, Pagan traditions, decisions made by the Catholic Church to recruit people into the faith, and the effect Emperor Constantine had on Christianity.
Then, students investigate a Christmas Customs and Their Origins handout to familiarize themselves further with this holiday! Students are introduced to "real" Saint Nicholas, the origins of the chimney tradition, the background on the mistletoe, the reasons behind gift-giving, and the controversy over the real date of Jesus' birth!
Students then take their knowledge and put it on display by completing a "News Cast" assignment where they, in the shoes of journalists, compile a report that explains the origins of this day! A close-reading crossword puzzle activity is also included to engage all students at any part in this activity!
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