ILS fourth graders have had fun learning about Christmas traditions around the world throughout the month of December!
Did you know that in Venezuela, streets are blocked off and people roller skate to church on Christmas Day? Did you know that in Scandinavian countries, people put out hay, grain, and special treats for the animals? Did you know that in France, they add a rooster to nativity scenes? Did you know that in Brazil and Australia, Christmas dinner is usually a picnic on the beach? Fourth graders have been studying Christmas customs around the world for history and religion classes this month.
We’ve learned SO much – like how in most Latin American countries, the baby Jesus isn’t put in the manger scene until Christmas Eve. In most Asian countries, Christmas is mostly commercial. In most European countries, the Christmas season is celebrated for a full month from December 6 to January 6. We have had great fun learning about how other countries celebrate Christmas. We’ve also had the opportunity to pray regularly for those who don’t know about the true meaning of Christmas.
For many of the countries we studied, students created a craft that related to the customs of that country. We made paper “klompen” to represent Holland. Klompen are those famous wooden Dutch shoes. Students colored Christmas medallions in bright colors to add to their shoes. They left their finished shoes on the Christmas Table – and "Sinterklaas", the Dutch Santa Claus, made a special visit to fill their klompen, just as he does in Holland every year. The fourth graders were thrilled to see what Sinterklaas left for them in their handmade paper klompen!
Thank you for the ways you support Immanuel so that children can learn more about Jesus and His love for us. Merry Christmas!