Christmas in Other Lands by Janet McDonell is a fairly old book from Circle the Year With Holidays. We stumbled upon Thanksgiving book from the same series in our library, and it was pretty popular. It’s similar in format to Anne Rockwell series about kindgergarten celebrations. In this book a school class celebrates Christmas with “guides” from five different countries – Mexico, Sweden, Greece, Zimbabwe and The Philippines. We looked up all the countries on the map and Anna told me that she wants to visit them all for Christmastime.
Joy to the World is a collection of Christmas stories from different countries. They are more exotic than previous set – Syria, Malta, Mexico (OK, this is an overlap), Ghana and Russia. We also looked them up on the map, and it was fascinating to see how different countries have the stories that reflect realities of their daily lives. Russian entry was the story of Babushka that appears to be well known, except that I have never heard of it when I was back home.
I was hoping to make some sort of activity for Christmas around the world (some are recommended in the first book), but Anna suddenly came down with a nasty bug and a high fever on Monday. I certainly hope that she feels better by Wednesday, since we were all looking forward to going to see Nutcracker ballet.
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