Title: Christmas in London and the UK
Description: Family oriented website about Christmas events and markets in London and the UK. Read
the Christmas UK Blog, View beautiful flash animations.
http://www.theholidayzone.com/ The Holiday Zone offers free holiday and seasonal educational resources for use in early childhood and elementary educational
settings. Holiday and seasonal materials include learning games, whole language activities, writing prompts, songs, action rhymes, fingerplays, printable worksheets, printable and interactive puzzles, coloring pages, art and craft activities, educational game ideas, and children’s literature recommendations. Themes include: Easter, Chusok, Hanukkah and Christmas.
Christmas Traditions Around the World
An annotated guide to numerous sites detailing international Christmas traditions. Teachers and librarians may especially be inspired by an ielementary school’s internet scavenger hunts.
Website. A commonsense explanation of Christmas as a Christian holy day.
Website. Interesting information about Italian Christmas customs
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Christmas
The site offers over two dozen Christmas legends and myths, including Jesus’ birth date, the number of wise men, the accepted meaning of the Immaculate Conception, the origin of the Yule log, the symbolism of candy canes, Christmas cards, Boxing Day, the Twelve Days of Christmas, and more, while discrediting some commonly accepted Christmas news stories. Do not miss the fruitcake page. http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/christmas.asp#immac17.
The History of “Silent Night” and “The
Although we usually take today’s Christmas celebration customs for granted, most of the so-called “traditional” Christmas practices only date back to the 19th century.
Lesson ideas for various learning areas.
Twelve Days of Christmas–
A short discussion of “the fascinating stories behind two of the most popular Christmas carols.” Provides the “most likely origin” for “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (a memory game) as well as a discussion of other popular interpretations of this song. Also learn how a broken church organ inspired “Silent Night. Includes lyrics and audio files. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Note: Online quiz is not functioning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/advent/carols/index.shtml
A guide to winter holiday traditions from around the world. The site mainly addresses Christmas greetings, decorations, and related traditions. Browsable by country. Also includes brief information about holidays that celebrate light or enlightenment, such as Chinese New Year, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Ramadan. From the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Website. Visit the Abruzzo region in Italy for poems and traditional songs, Christmas recipes
Beyond the Story: A Dickens of a Party http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=238
Students are invited to attend a 19th Century party as a character from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. To play this role, students must understand the values and customs Dickens\’ characters represented in Victorian society
The Gift of Holiday Traditions: Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas http://edsitement.neh.gov/monthly_feature.asp?id=83
Before taking time off to enjoy the holidays, take the opportunity to discuss with students the way different cultures contribute to what becomes a popular holiday tradition.