We covered Christmas in a new way… we found some lapbooks and some mini units and worked our way through some interesting topics. I feel like I should include some of the links and a brief overview of what we used:
- The history of Wassailing…. this was a booklet topic in our lapbook series and something that we had never discussed. You can find a good link HERE. Most of these are from the site WhyChristmas.com
- The history of the Christmas Cracker. We had these one year at my mom’s and they were a hit. You can find this one HERE.
- Holly (and Ivy). Greens and their part in Christmas is actually rather interesting. Read some more HERE.
- Christmas presents. Why do we give presents? HERE
- Just what DO kids leave for Santa around the world? This was an especially fun one for the boys who laughed at some of the ideas. We may just have to leave something different out next Christmas ourselves! This article is from the site Mother Nature Network HERE.
- Christmas in Sweden. This was a suggestion from our lapbook… the diversity of other Christmases is amazing and one I think we need to focus on more. Our own traditions are fun but to implement some others… could be an adventure! Back to the WhyChristmas.com site HERE.
- The history of the Nativity plays. Why are they so popular and universal? HERE
- Saint Nicholas Day in Europe. Another unique tradition. Link thanks to TimeAndDate.com HERE.
- Mince Pies, a British tradition. Link thanks to Project Britain HERE.
- The history of Christmas Cards… I don’t know why but I enjoy these histories of ideas. And Christmas Cards was interesting. Link thanks to WhyChristmas.com HERE.
- The history of Christmas Stockings thanks to ChristmasWithLove.com HERE.
- We had to go to Wiki for a couple topics… Christmas Trees (HERE) and the Star of Bethelehem (HERE).
- Christmas Symbols… a lapbook you can purchase from Currclick HERE.
- I could not find out Candy Cane unity that we originally purchased from Currclick up for download but this lapbook from Homeschool Share looks like a fun one that we will have to try out for ourselves another year. HERE
I know this is super brief compared to other entries but I especially wanted to share the webpages we found with all the somewhat obscure knowledge the kids found entertaining! For books… well sky is the limit! We do have our family favourites of course but there is so much out there that is informational at the libraries!
Hi! I’m James and I run http://www.whychristmas.com (I’ve got a google alert for ‘whychristmas’ which is how I found your post!)
I’m really pleased the site was useful to you. I love to know that people find the site helpful (especially teachers and home schoolers) 🙂
Best wishes and Happy Christmas from the UK!
Thank you! Well we loved your site and look forward to NEXT Christmas when we can once again put it to use!