We are done with school for Christmas break! The kids finished their Christmas Around the World project and they really enjoyed it.
If you search Christmas around the world on the Internet you will find many projects and unit studies. I liked at lot of them and couldn't decide which one to do, so I made up my own.
The kids picked a country they wanted to learn about, Miss picked Ireland and Lil D picked Poland. Each day they were to look up a Christmas tradition, prayer, food, custom, etc... that their specific country did.
They wrote the information in their notebook, then made an ornament about the information and glued the ornament to the Christmas tree they made.
The kids wrote a report on everything they found out about how their country celebrates Christmas.
Miss made her first cake, an Irish Christmas Cake.
Decorating it was her favorite part.
I found this project to be a lot of fun. I think the kids enjoyed teaching me about all the the things they found out. In Ireland they set a red candle in the window to light the way for Mary and Joseph, to let them know that there is room for them in the house. This tradition is also for letting the Priests know that the house is safe to have Mass when having Mass wasn't allowed.
In Poland, on Christmas Eve, the polish people have a 12 course dinner to represent the Twelve Apostles, and they always leave an empty seat at their table for the Holy Spirit. These are a couple of traditions we learned.
My husband was fond of what the Irish children leave out for Santa In Ireland instead of milk and cookies, Santa gets Guinness and cookies. (minced pie too, but my husband is a vegetarian) We may have to adopt that tradition. :)
May peace and plenty be the first to lift the latch on your door, and happiness be guided to your home by the candle of Christmas!
Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia!