This year I found a curriculum from teacherspayteachers.com for a study of Christmas around the world. Clare and I have had a blast going through each country. Meg and Anne have followed along a bit reluctantly. To be fair, Meg loves geography and social studies and usually adds some fantastic insight to our discussions. She, however, also has about fifteen things she wants to do at any given moment and can be torn in her dedication to a single project.
Rather than going straight through the curriculum (which organizes the chosen countries in alphabetical order), we have selected countries as they correspond with feast days during Advent. For example, we talked about Germany for St. Nicholas Day, because Germany has a long tradition of celebrating St. Nicholas Day. We talked about Mexico for Our Lady of Guadalupe Day. At times, we would discuss countries for convenience sake. On the day of Clare's piano recital, which was late in the day and prevented me from making dinner, we talked about Japan. Why? Because Kentucky Fried Chicken is a popular Christmas Dinner choice in Japan due to a successful marketing campaign in the 1970s. We picked up KFC on our way home from the recital and completed our worksheets while eating our chicken.
In my next post, I will talk about our Santa Lucia Day activities, which were also great fun.