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Christmas Around the World ~          

Grab your passport and hop aboard! We will travel through Mexico, America, Holland, Israel, and Africa as we study how other cultures celebrate the holidays! Sit back and buckle up for a fantastic journey!


Each student gets their very own Passport! Each day we visit a new country! Students get to stamp their passport  daily! At the end of our journeys each student has a Passport to remember our trips around the world! While we stamp our passports we sing:

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands!
~since I do NOT teach in a Christian school I am not aloud to sing about the God I believe in..SO...with that said, in all respect, I changed the lyrics of  "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" to go as this:

We've got the whole world in our hands,  
We've got the whole world in our hands,
We've got the whole world in our hands,
We've got the whole world in our hands.
We've got Africa in our hands...
We've got Israel in our hands...
We've got Mexico in our hands...
We've got North America in our hands...
We've got Holland in our hands...
~ By: Kimberlee Herbic ~



I introduce this Theme using my Scholastic Poster that talks briefly about Christmas, Diwali, Las Posada, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Id-al-fitr. We read People Say Hello. This book introduces the students to say hello in 7 different languages. When our plane lands in each country, we say hello to the Pilot in that language!



  • We read My First Christmas
  • We discuss our family traditions!
  • We trim our classroom tree together and sing Christmas carols.
  • We make Christmas trees to eat! (waffle cone, green frosting, and candy sprinkles)

Los Posada



  • We read The Little Poinsettia
  • We learn about a Los Posada.
  • We reenact the Los Posada.
  • We make Piñatas!
  • We listen to Holiday music in Spanish! 
  • We have a fiesta to celebrate the Los Posada. We break open a real piñata at our fiesta. 
    Christmas in Mexico



  • We read My First Kwanzaa

  • We learn some Swahili!

  • We follow the tradition of dressing in bright colored clothing
    and stringing bright colored beads! The students get to make
    their very own beaded bracelet!

  • On the seventh day of Kwanzaa we give our gifts away!
    Students give their bracelet to a friend!  


In Dutch Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Prettige Kerstfeest'


  • I teach the students about Christmas in Holland! (see below)
  • We compare/contrast Christmas in America and Holland.
  • We place Easter grass as hay and a carrot in one of our shoes
    and place it outside our classroom door.
  • Saint Nicholas and Black Pete leave us gifts in our shoes!
  • I use gold coins, chocolates, and sweet tarts as gifts! 

The Dutch, or the people from Holland, start their Christmas celebration sometime in the middle of November. Saint Nicholas, or Sinter Klaas, as he is known in Holland, is the main part of their celebration. Sinter Klaas and his helper Zwarte Peiten, or Black Petehand out the presents to the children.

On December 5th, the children put out their wooden shoes and fill them with carrots and hay. They do this to feed Sinter Klaas's horse. Sinter Klaas and Black Pete take the carrots and hay for the horse, and then fill the shoes with presents. On the morning of December 6th, the children find the presents in their shoes.

The farmers in Holland blow long horns at sunset each evening during the Christmas period. The horns are blown over water wells which makes the sound really loud. The horns are blown to announce the birth of Christ.

A popular decoration in the Netherlands is the so-called "advent-star", a star shaped light, to be hung in the window.






Students get to weave a placemat! We use our placemats when we eat Latkes!

Shredded potatoes (2 medium bags=30 small Latkes)
3 eggs
Apple sauce

Defrost grated potatoes in a medium-size bowl. Add a little egg… Mixture should be thick and hold together when pressed. Meanwhile, pour about ¾ -inch oil into a heavy-bottomed frying pan. Heat slowly until about 375 F.

Place about 2 tablespoons potato mixture in the palm of your hand and form into a pancake, and place carefully into oil.

The first side should be golden brown in about 3 minutes. Turn carefully and fry other side. If pancake browns faster than 3 minutes per side, reduce oil's temperature. If pancake takes more than 3 minutes per side to brown, increase oil's temperature. Repeat with remaining potato mixture.

Place Latkes on a paper towel.  Serve with room temperature applesauce.


Students get to go Christmas shopping through
magazines! Students cut out what they want for
Christmas and write about what they want! I put
their Christmas note cards in their stocking! At
the end of the week...students find a real candy
cane in their stocking to take home for the Holidays!



At the Math Center students measure different objects using
snowflake erasers, candy canes, dreidels, and gold coins! After
measuring these objects--students get to play Driedel, Driedel!
 ( I bought these manipulatives at Party America!)




Each student gets to make a holiday stocking!
We use these stockings in the ABC center the
following week when we Christmas shop through



Each student gets to write what they see in their snow globe at the Reading Center. I bought these snow globes at Walgreens for 39 cents a piece. The students LOVE shaking the globe and writing what they see inside!



Each student gets to make a Christmas tree ornament. I bought these foam ornaments at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Students used glitter to decorate their ornaments.


Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls.

But every day I'm growing --
I'll be grown some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away.

So here's a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.


Students get to make a personalized hot pad for a parent Christmas gift! These turn out so cute! I buy my hot pads at the Dollar Tree for 50 cents a piece. I attach the poem to the hot pad using a colored safety pin.


Students get to make a Handprint Tile as a
Christmas gift for their parent/parents. Ask
a local tile shop for leftover tile and purchase
these simple, gold picture stands at Wal-Mart
for $.86 and you  have a darling keepsake
for moms and dads in your classroom! 


We make Santa wind socks! It is as easy as
color, cut, and staple!

Great Resource Websites



We make Happy New Year boys and girls that share one of our goals for the new year. The top of the hat is made with string ribbon and the blower is made by curling up a thin piece of paper. These are DARLING!



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