Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas around the World

Christmas is celebrated all around the world!!!  I did this singing time with my kids and they loved to hear all the different ways Christmas is celebrated in different countries.

So this is what I did.  I printed out different flags (off Google) and then wrote interesting facts about that country and how they celebrate Christmas on the back.  I let a child choose any flag they wanted and then we sang a Primary Christmas song.
Argentina.  People go to the church with family, then come back to a family gathering. At midnight after eating they toast, then the adults dance while younger people go out to see the fireworks. After this they go to sleep, but not before they open the presents under the Christmas tree. That day is very special for because they are Christian and celebrate Jesus' birth on the 24th of December.

Greece.  Christmas trees are not commonly used in Greece. In almost every home the main symbol of the season is a shallow wooden bowl with a piece of wire is suspended across the rim; from that hangs a sprig of basil wrapped around a wooden cross
Japan. Their traditional Christmas meal is fried chicken
Latvia.  Claims the home to the very first Christmas tree in the year 1510

Mexico.  On Christmas day they are blindfolded and taken to try and break a decorated clay piñata that dangles and swings at the end of a rope.

Pakistan. Their merry Christmas getting is Bara Din Mubarrak

All country Christmas facts were found here

MeRRy ChRisTMaS to all you music leaders!!! Thanks so much for checking out iheartprimarymusic!!! and don't forget to look at the other posts from this week!  There is a *Nursery* Christmas post!


  1. Hi there! Thank you for your cute idea! Do you happen to have a PDF or other type of downloadable document with all the flags and info? Thank you!

  2. We don't have a pdf... sorry! I just picked out which countries I thought my kids would think were interesting and then found the flag images on Google!!! Thanks for your comment!

  3. What a cute idea, I love that it's about other countries Christmases!! Would you like to post about it (or any of your other Christmas ideas) for our Christmas Blog Hop? Starts September 7th, 15 weeks, 15 different themes! Come check it out! We'd love to have you!

  4. I know you have both moved on to RS now, but thought I'd add this for you, and anyone else that might be interested. I am planning to use this idea of Christmas all over the World, but extend it to also include the countries that are used in the "Children All Over the World" (CS, 16). It's a great primary song, but the kids have a hard time identifying with the countries. So we'll choose a flag, use a Christmas fact from the country, and learn how to say "Thank You". Miss all your great ideas!