Christmas

Image: Christmas on Main Street by Justin Brown on Flickr

'Christmas bells, those Christmas bells’. Christmas around the world, crafts and activities to do and make, to celebrate that special time of year. Learn the meaning of Christmas and how different cultures celebrate. These resources have been selected to support this popular topic – Christmas. SCIS 1646394

See also Festivals and Celebrations


Christmas Crafts
Lots of fun Christmas craft activities for children. Includes ornaments, stockings, advent calendars, and homemade card ideas.

Suggested Level: primary, intermediate
http://spoonful.com/christmas/christmas-crafts


Christmas Around the World
Christmas traditions and how Christmas is celebrated in different countries and cultures.

Suggested Level: Primary, Intermediate
www.whychristmas.com/cultures/


Christmas Celebrations and Traditions
A look at the religious celebrations that are held at Christmas.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/christmas_1.shtml


Kiwi Christmas
What does Christmas mean to New Zealanders? It is less about snow and sleigh bells and more about sun, sand and barbeques. Range of stories showcasing the quirkier aspects of Christmas past and present.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/kiwi-christmas


The North Pole
Write a letter to Santa, sing songs and find out what food Santa really likes to eat. Have a look at countries around the world to see how they celebrate Christmas.

Suggested level: primary
http://www.northpole.com/


Digital NZ
New Zealand Christmas content. To discover sets and images use the search term Christmas.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.digitalnz.org/records?tab=Sets&text=christmas&view=list


ManyAnswers
To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term Christmas.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://manyanswers.co.nz/topic-christmas-324.aspx


Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Te Ara has an overview of all things New Zealand. To discover information use the search term Christmas.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.teara.govt.nz/en/search/teara?keys=christmas


EPIC
Britannica Online School Edition provides information on popular festivals and holidays around the world. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

A Perfect Chripy Christmas, by Kyle Mewburn, 2013 (picture book)
Pohutukawa Christmas, by Paula O’Dea, 2013 (picture book)
Queen Victoria’s Christmas, by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley, 2012 (picture book)

Videos

Kiwi Christmas New Zealand. Brobusker.Youtube.0.52
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgg1seQAbh4