The Topic: 
Christmas Around the World

Easier - Christmas is a Christian holiday that remembers the birth of Jesus on December 25. Today many people of different religions and cultures join in the celebration of Christmas.
 
Harder - The word Christmas is derived from Cristes maesse, an Old English phrase that means Christ's Mass. The exact date of Christ's birth is not known, but most Christians commemorate Christmas on December 25. On this day, many go to their church where special religious services are held.
 
Christmas is also a popular secular holiday. During the Christmas season, people exchange gifts and decorate their homes with holly, mistletoe, and Christmas trees with lights and shiny ornaments. 
 
 
December Holidays 
http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/holidays.htm
A giant links site that connects to Christmas sites around the world.
Similar Websites:
2) Christmas http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/christmas.html
3) Christmas http://members.aol.com/Donnpages/Holidays.html#XMAS
 
Christmas.com 
http://www.christmas.com/
Learn how Christmas is celebrated around the world and the origin of Christmas traditions. A kids' section has interactive games.
 
Christmas Go toWorld History & to Holidays Around The World 
http://www2.worldbook.com/students/feature_index.asp
Next to Easter, Christmas is the most important holiday of the year for Christians. Customs differ around the world for observing Christmas, but they all center on celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.
 
Christmas Thoughts and Poems
http://msm.byu.edu/emp/new/CMAS/cmaspoem.htm
Read about the meaning and spirit of Christmas
 
Christmas Traditions and Customs Around the World (Links-site) http://www.greece.k12.ny.us/arh/library/xmas/traditions.htm
 
After exploring some of the 'Christmas Around the World' websites, complete one or more activities.
 
Complete a Project at Idea Box. Choose from lots of different ideas for crafts, activities, recipes, games and more at the Idea Box. Share your creation or gift with a friend or family member. Or if you don't find something to strike your holiday fancy there, try the activities and ideas at Homemade Holiday Gifts.
 
Complete a Christmas WebQuest. Adapt or follow the directions to complete one of these webQuests: 
1) Christmas Around the World http://www.oakview.ashland.k12.ky.us/Holidays/Christmas_WebQuest.html
2) Christmas Traditions (Primary grades) http://www.guilford.k12.nc.us/webquests/hworld/chris.htm
3) Santa's Supreme Team http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/webchristmaj.html
4) Cub Scout Christmas WebQuest http://www.arches.uga.edu/~ljoyner/webq/
 
Make and Share Some Christmas Treats. Have an adult assist or supervise as you complete one or more of the recipes found at sites like: 
1) Merry Christmas.com
http://www.merry-christmas.com/recipes.htm
2) Holiday Cookbook http://usacitylink.com//xmas/cookbook.html
 
Be A Christmas Toys Consumer Investigator. After careful research and consideration, make your 'Top Ten Toys' list for children. First identify the criteria that you use in your judgment. You might find some help at Dr. Toy's Guide. For another challenge, you might want to identify the 'Ten Worst Toys'.
 
Compare And Contrast Christmas Traditions. Visit sites like Christmas, Christmas Around the World, and Merry Christmas to learn about Christmas in other countries. Then select two different countries and then compare and contrast their Christmas observances.
Christmas at Critical Mass 
http://www.atlantic.net/~bdarl/index.html
This links site connects you to a rich assortment of resources related to Christmas including a calendar, photos from around the world, lyrics for songs, and much, much more.
 
Christmas at Christmas99.com 
http://www.christmas98.com/Christmas_main.asp
Learn about Christmas traditions around the world, specifically about caroling, Santa, eggnog, and gingerbread.
 
Christmas! Christmas! Christmas! from Not Just for Kids! 
http://www.night.net/christmas/index.html-ssi
Here you find the Christmas story from the Bible (Luke 2), links to Santa Claus information, Christmas traditions, songs of the season, stories and poems, and lots more holiday fun.
 
Christmas Traditions in France and in Canada 
http://www.culture.fr/culture/noel/angl/noel.htm
Three different aspects are presented: social and communal customs , family celebrations and religious ceremonies.
 
Online Christmas Songbook 
http://rememberjosie.org/carols/
Here you find hymns and carols to sing and play.
Another Great Song Site:
2)http://christmas.com/music/worldmusic.html
Play music of the season with words.
3) http://www.nevada.edu/~blake/Christmas.songs.html
Words for many popular holiday songs.
 
Christmas Resources on the World Wide Web (Gander Academy) 
http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/christmas.htm
Explore the meaning of Christmas and symbols, stories, activities, and traditions associated with the holiday.
 
How Christmas Works - Complete Gudie to Christmas Traditions
http://www.howstuffworks.com/christmas.htm
Interesting questions about Christmas customs and traditions are answered in this site.
 
World Wide Christmas Calendar from Bernadotte School in Denmark
http://www.algonet.se/~bernadot/christmas/calendar.html
Each day on our calendar will tell about one Christmas tradition as it is celebrated in different countries.
 
Websites For Kids
Foods & Festivals Around the World 
http://library.advanced.org/10007/text/christ.html
Find out about Christmas in Malaysia, Sweden, England, Australia, Germany, and the United States.
 
World Wide Christmas Calendar 
http://www.algonet.se/~bernadot/christmas/calendar.html
Check out this collection of stories and other items made by kids around the world in celebration of the holiday.
 
Drop In At the Holiday Craft Shop
http://www.education.com/kidspace/craftshop/index.jsp
Make your own ornaments! Decorate cookies, trees or wreaths! Build a snowman, stock Santa's sleigh or light the menorah! Even an elf would be impressed.
 
Christmas Customs
http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/nbarkhou/christmaswq/
Learn about Christmas customs around the world.
 
Christmas Fun and Facts
http://suzyred.com/christmas.html
Christmas limericks, Christmas word power, Christmas jokes.
 
A ChildFun Christmas
http://www.childfun.com/christmas/
Crafts, gift ideas, stories, songs and fingerplays, downloadables, tongue twister, humour and resources.
 
Websites for Teachers
Christmas Shopping WebQuest
http://coe.west.asu.edu/students/ttroiano/webq.htm
Christmas shopping.
 
Christmas Stories--Book lists
Early Childhood
http://www.eddept.wa.edu.au/centoff/cmis/eval/fiction/bestbooks/bb13.htm#christmas
Middle Childhood
http://www.eddept.wa.edu.au/centoff/cmis/eval/fiction/bestbooks/bb23.htm#festchrist
Early Adolescence
http://www.eddept.wa.edu.au/centoff/cmis/eval/fiction/bestbooks/bb33.htm#christmas
 
Our Book of Christmas Countries (Social Studies, Grade 7-12) 
http://www.education.com/common/resources/lp/soc/9712157o.html
Students write reports on Christmas customs in various countries as contributions to a class book.
 
Christmas  
http://tcesc1.trumbull.k12.oh.us/teachers/Christmas.html
Christmas Activities and Lessons The History of Christmas.
 
Christmas Activities - TeachersFirst 
http://www.teachersfirst.com/lessons/christmas.htm
Collection of activities, coloring items, and other Christmas treats for Elementary students.
 
The History of Christmas Trees 
http://www.christmastrees.on.ca/ednet/lesson1.html
The idea of decorating a tree as part of seasonal celebrations is an old one that comes from many lands and cultures.
More Information about Christmas Trees:
2) Christmas Trees http://ks.essortment.com/historychristma_rfra.htm
3) The Christmas Tree http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/TLresources/longterm/LessonPlans/Byrnes/christmas.htm
 
Nutcracker Resource Guide for Teachers 
http://www.nutcrackerballet.net
Information and links about the Nutcracker.
Related Websites:
2) The Nutcracker - Story and Music http://www.kidsdomain.com/holiday/xmas/music1/nutcracker.html
 
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (Kindergarten) 
http://faldo.atmos.uiuc.edu/CLA/LESSONS/2306.html
Lesson plan for this Christmas book
 
Holiday Rhyming Lesson Using the Christmas Tree Tangle (Grade 1-3) 
http://askeric.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/ Language_Arts/Literature/Childrens_Literature/CHL0206.html
This lesson introduces students to rhyming words. Students will recognize rhyming words and will form their own.
 
Santa's Workshop 
http://santasworkshop.debateusa.com/
Count down to Christmas and have your students E-mail Santa!
 
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Grade 4-5) 
http://dimacs.rutgers.edu/~judyann/LP/lessons/12.days.html
Have students exploring discrete mathematics to find the total cost of the items in the song, "The 12 Days of Christmas."
   

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Merry Christmas

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Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, Update by Nancy Smith, 12/01.