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Find out about Christmas around the World
Do you know how they celebrate the holidays in Iceland? Do you know how to say “Merry Christmas” in Finnish? Well why not find out?
This can be a brilliant opportunity to explore how some countries are very different to ours, and some are similar! Remember to relate back to what the children already know and have experienced – make comparisons, as this helps them to understand!
There are lots of wonderful websites out there. Here are a couple I found through Google *NOTE* I am not endorsing these sites, nor have I fact checked them:
whychristmas.com – this site has links to lots of different countries and cultures, with information about how each of them celebrate at Christmas time.
history.com – this site is one long page with snippets of information about Christmas traditions around the world.
the-north-pole.com – this is another site with clickable links with information about Christmas is various counties around the world.
After exploring some of the many different traditions and customs, why not try some out for yourself? Adopt something new this festive period (for example, have you heard the one about hanging a pickle on your tree?)