Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This week-long lesson plan explores various holiday themes associated with specific regions of the world.
Day 1: England
Discuss a brief biography on Charles Dickens. Include an overview of his novel A Christmas Carol, as well as the custom of caroling and holiday readings (songs and stories). Another option is to discuss aspects of a Victorian style Christmas, from the clothing to the food, music, activities and toys associated with that style. Collection of printable Christmas Carols for kids (scroll down a bit on page link).
Day 2: Russia or Germany
Discuss a brief biography on Pyotr llyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the famed ballet The Nutcracker as adapted from German author E.T.A. Hoffman’s The Nutcracker And The Mouse King. The story is a classic holiday family favorite which is regularly presented worldwide on theater, radio, television and film during the winter holiday season. Numerous versions of the story are available in children’s books.
Discuss the five W’s by asking the following:
Day 3: Bethlehem
Discuss the nativity and associated words (Bethlehem, manger, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, star, angel, three wise men/kings, etc). You can approach it various ways: traditional story; using Listen To The Silent Night book to offer the sounds of all the activity going on that evening; or from the point of view of the animals by using Who Is Coming To Our House? book.
Did You Know?: Silent Night is a lullaby for baby Jesus.
Day 4: The Orient/Middle East
Discuss The Three Wise Men/Kings (also known as the Magi) who brought gifts to baby Jesus. You can explain the significance of their adoration to the baby by explaining they recognized baby Jesus as the King of Kings/Men on Earth. You can also offer a brief explanation of the three gifts presented: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Day 5: The North Pole
Discuss Santa Claus and his famous workshop. You can also offer a brief biography on Thomas Nast whose drawings in the Christmas edition of Harper’s Magazine in 1893 (which he modeled after Clement Moore’s Visit from Saint Nicholas) shaped the image of Santa Claus we know today. (some images)