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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas {Around the World Advent}

{I’m re-posting this because it is such a fun tradition for us. Start today!!}

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.
    1. We used vellum and the kids used crayons to draw Christmasy things.
    2. Tape them into a tube that just fits around a little pint jar
    3. 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
    1. make a cake in the shape of the first letter in your family's last name.
    2. 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!

1 comment:

I love your comments! Feel free to leave a link if you've done any of these activities with your kids. I'd love to visit your blog!

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