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Holiday: Christmas Traditions in America

These sites explain Christmas traditions in America, including Santa, stockings, Christmas trees, and the story of Jesus. There are some educational activities that have a Christmas theme, such as story starters and math problems. Also includes text of the famous letter, “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” There are links to eThemes Resources on Christmas Around the World and Christmas Games and Crafts.


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This site provides project and writing activity ideas about Christmas.
Find out about each of Santa's reindeer. Also includes a game with Santa's sleigh.
Send an email to Santa Claus on this website.
Read about the how the Christmas tree and Santa came to be. There is a link to the famous letter about "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." Click on "Kids Zone" at the bottom to go to the main page that has recipes and games. NOTE: Some of the traditions are religious and this site includes ads.
Learn about the tradition of hanging stockings.
Read how several Christmas traditions started. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Explore Santa Claus' house to see a movie about Santa's elves, information about Christmas traditions, and Christmas songs and games.
Read a short article about the creation of Santa Claus. NOTE: Teachers of young students might not want to share the myth of Santa.
Watch videos and learn about history of Christmas including Christmas traditions, evolution of Santa, Christmas trees, fun facts, recipes, and more. NOTE: This site includes ads.
Play a jeopardy game related to Christmas songs, vocabulary, December holidays, decorating, and the night before Christmas.
These sites explain how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of the world. Countries include France, Canada, Poland, England, China, the Philippines, and many more. Hear how "Merry Christmas" is pronounced in several languages and discover if people around the globe decorate trees or believe in Santa. There are links to eThemes Resources on Christmas traditions in America and Christmas crafts and games.
These sites offer many fun ideas for free time during the holidays. Includes online games and classroom activities. Send an e-mail to Santa, complete word searches, read Christmas stories, or create holiday crafts. There are also links to Christmas clip art, coloring pages, and two eThemes Resources on Christmas traditions.

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