Can you believe that the Christmas season is already here? With Advent upon us, many of us want to anticipate the birth of our King with more than opening a calendar door each day for a piece of chocolate. And yet…distractions from our endless list of things to do during the holiday season cloud our minds. Gifts to buy, decorations to hang, cookies to bake, parties to attend, presents to wrap, and…teaching still to get done! This year, make the Advent season memorable with a study of how children celebrate Christmas around the world. This study will capture your children’s attention and get them focused on Advent!
An Advent Unit Study – Christmas Around the World
The Christmas Around the World unit study, developed by Awe-Filled Homemaker, provides busy moms with just what they need to get hearts engaged in the Advent season in a meaningful way. This wonderful 24-day study includes:
- 73 fun-filled pages
- The history and meaning of Advent
- The traditions and celebrations of children in 20 different countries
- Short teaching snippets followed by questions/answers to keep your kids engaged
- Writing prompts
- Coloring pages
- The Christmas story – the birth of baby Jesus
Not only will your kids be learning, but this study is easy to accomplish when time is a bit challenging. And, it accommodates children of all ages with two versions available to download. The study offers great flexibility to accommodate your teaching goals. For example, older children could write an essay on the traditions of one particular country.
Tying Christmas Around the World to Home
The Christmas Around the World unit study can easily become the main focus of your daily curriculum. As your children learn how people from 20 different countries celebrate Christmas, take a few moments to lead them in a discussion about geography, your own family traditions, history, etc. Start with questions such as:
- Are the customs, traditions, and meals similar or different from your own?
- Do you have relatives from any of these places?
- What does the country’s flag look like?
- Where is the country located?
- Have you learned anything about these countries in history? What do your kids remember?
As a bonus, you can print out a passport to stamp as you “visit” each country. Your kids will love the excitement as they stamp their passport each day.
Perhaps this study will encourage you to start a new Advent tradition in your own family! I know I am looking forward to using this study this Christmas season with my family. I hope it blesses your family as well.
There are some other great resources available to you that will get hearts focused on Jesus this season:
- Journal Through the Bible (December) – a free Advent Study using the Jesus Storybook Bible – grab a pen and journal through the Bible this Christmas with your kids!
- Legend of the Candy Cane Printable – a free and fun activity pack that shares the meaning of the candy cane – a great way to keep your children focused on the true meaning of the season while having fun, and simultaneously giving you some much needed free time!
- St. Nicholas Unit Study – learn the true story of St. Nick with fun and interactive pages – another great resource to have at the ready when you could use some uninterrupted time to get things done!
For a chance to win the Christmas Around the World unit study, subscribe to my emails and you will automatically be entered to win! I will choose one lucky winner and announce it December 1!…Congratulations to Nikki D. who won the Christmas Around the World study!!
Take heart, with a few simple tools, you can make this Christmas season memorable and meaningful for your family this year, even in spite of its busyness.
Merry Christmas to all!