In 2009, the Friend magazine had a great advent calendar (pages 24-25).
Every day in December, we learned how kids in different countries celebrate Christmas. We read one each day and tried to do the same activities if we could. I have saved this file and we pull it out each year. I didn’t take many pictures, but here are a few we did…
- Kids in Mexico make farolitos and this is our version.
- We used vellum and the kids used crayons to draw Christmasy things.
- Tape them into a tube that just fits around a little pint jar
- Stick a little tea light candle in and wah-lah. They look really cool when the lights are turned off.
- Kids in Holland eat banketletter
- make a cake in the shape of the first letter in your family's last name.
- This is the best I could do for a K-shaped cake. Yummy no matter what letter!
We also had Christmas cake and strawberries like the kids in Japan.
We hung a Coleman lantern on our front porch because that's the closest we could come to putting lighted candles on our roofs like the kids in India.
My 5-year-old loved leaving his shoes by the fireplace and waking up to them filled with candy like the kids in Germany.
We also made a batch of rice pudding (recipe HERE) that we tried like the kids in Norway. We hid a nut in one of the bowls and whoever found it in their pudding got a special prize.
Print out your Christmas Around the World Advent HERE!