Christmas Around the World

If it's December, it's time for that familiar topic for reports: Christmas Customs Around the World. Fortunately, the library has a number of resources to help you.

First, of course, you need to find out something about the country you've been assigned to research. The World Book Encyclopedia or The World Almanac are good places to start. Here's where you can find out whether Christmas is even celebrated in your assigned country! The World Almanac (part of Student Edition) and other encyclopedias are also available online at no charge to CRRL card holders.

Next, you'll want to focus on the specific celebrations. Do children leave out their shoes for Santa's reindeer to fill? Do they celebrate with pinatas filled with candy and treats? Do families open presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? You can find out by checking the following books and Web sites.

In the Library

Christmas Around the World from World Book
Check out Christmas in Germany, Brazil, Britain, Canada, the Holy Land, Ireland, the Philippines, Washington, D.C., Denmark, Russia, Mexico, or the American Southwest to find out about customs and traditions.
Recommended for grades 4-6.

Christmas Around the World by Mary D. Lankford
Find out about the weather, customs, decorations, foods, and traditional celebrations found in twelve different countries.
Recommended for grades 3-5.

A Christmas Celebration: Traditions and Customs from Around the World by Pamela Kennedy
Explains the customs and traditions of Christmas, including those of pre-Christian origin, and discusses how the holiday is celebrated today around the world.
Recommended for grades K-4.

Christmas Around the World by Emily Kelley
Find out how Christmas is celebrated in Mexico, Iran, China, Sweden, Iraq, Spain, and Norway
Recommended for grades 2-4.

Pinatas and Paper Flowers: Holidays of the Americas in English and Spanish = Pinatas y Flores De Papel: Fiestas De Las Americas En Ingles y Espanol by Lila Perl
In both English and Spanish, you can learn about holiday customs around the year as they are celebrated in Central and South America.
Recommended for grades 3-5.

On the Web

Christmas Traditions Around the World
http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/christmas-traditions-around-the-worl...
The Learning Channel has customs from many countries around the globe.

Christmas in Finland
http://www.virtual.finland.fi/xmas/

A wealth of information on Christmas traditions in Finland, including music, pictures, and poetry.

Christmas in Poland
http://www.polishworld.com/christmas
Information about customs, food and music for an authentic Polish Christmas celebration.

Christmas Around the World
http://kids.yahoo.com/directory/School-Bell/Social-Studies/Religion/Christianity/Christmas/Christmas-Around-the-World

Still can't find what you're looking for? Check out the Yahooligans directory of more than two dozen Christmas Around the World sites.