Welcome to my series on Christmas science, in which we’ve covered chemistry and zoology. Today is all about geography. In homeschool, most people tend to lump geography in with history, but categorically, geography is actually a science: the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.
Christmas Around the World
The best way to study geography in terms of Christmas is to simply study how different countries and cultures around the world celebrate Christmas. There are dozens of wonderful websites dedicated to this topic, but here are my favorites that we have used in the past…
- A free, printable Christmas Around the World Unit Study from my friend Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler. She covers Japan, China, Russia, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Mexico. You’ll love this unity study because it is colorful and child-friendly.
- How Stuff Works has a section on Christmas traditions in Australia, China, England, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Sweden. These pages are very detailed.
- Christmas Around The World: How Different Countries Celebrate The Festive Season is a short, condensed guide to some of the very unusual ways in which 19 countries celebrate Christmas.
- Christmas Traditions Worldwide from the History Channel details how our modern Christmas is a product of hundreds of years of both secular and religious traditions from around the globe.
- Christmas Around The World. This is a collection of historical Christmas celebrations for 32 different countries. The celebration or activity is the earliest history for each country and may not represent the current Christmas celebrations of today.
- Christmas Around The World has traditions and customs for 70 countries. This site includes photos from every country as well. They also have a separate page that teaches you how to say Merry Christmas in every language.
Color in the countries on a printable map as you learn about them. Before you know it, your child will know his or her way around the world!
Track Santa with NORAD
We never did the Santa thing with our son when he was little, but he still loved to look at the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Track Santa website. Every year on Christmas Eve, NORAD “tracks Santa” as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world. The program began in 1955!
Whether or not you include Santa in your Christmas, this website is a great geography tool because the names of countries and towns appear as you watch Santa and his reindeer fly all over the world. The program uses Google Earth, so you can also view the topography of the land.
Here is a fun infographic that is free for you to print out. Click on the image to make it larger.
[Source: Today I found out]
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