FREE Christmas in Europe Printable Pack

It is so much fun to study how others celebrate Christmas around the world. Last year we focused on how people of Europe celebrated the holidays.  I'm so excited to finally share all that we did as well as our FREE Christmas in Europe Printable Pack.

During our Christmas in Europe Unit we studied the history of how Christmas came to be what it is today.  The kiddos learned about various Christmas figures and their origins.  A new found love and understanding of holiday plants was formed.  And oh did we love learning about all of the celebrations and holiday treats of Europe!

FREE Christmas in Europe Printable Pack for Kids
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Our unit was inspired by the book, Rick Steve's European Christmas.  If you're planning to study Christmas celebrations in Europe, this is the perfect resource.  We read it aloud as a family, and loved the emphasis the book placed on several different European countries.
Book about European Christmas Traditions
As we read the book the kiddos had questions.  These questions developed into activities with amazing printables!  Sadly, the pictures I took of this unit study are no where to be found.  Instead I only have descriptions.  My sincere apologies.  Here's what you'll find in the printable pack:

European Christmas Figures Match Up

The kiddos thoroughly enjoyed learning about all of the Santa-like figures celebrated in various parts of Europe.  It was amazing to watch their views and worlds expand beyond Santa Claus as we know him in the United States.

The cards for this activity are matching cards.  One card has an image of the figure. The other card explains who the figure is, where he/she is celebrated, etc.  Bulldozer and Princess used these cards to play memory for weeks. They loved discussing the figures and countries.

Source:  Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Christmas in Europe Printable Pack.  This is a subscriber's only freebie. To obtain your free copy, click on the subscriber's link at the bottom of this post.


Christmas Botany Match Up

So what are holly, ivy and so many other plants that we hear and sing about during the holiday season?  How did they become related to the Christmas?  This activity explains it all.  With beautiful images and corresponding description cards, your kiddo will become a Christmas botany expert!

My kiddos loved learning about the origin and history of these plants.  After using the cards several times they would point out any plant that they saw whether fake or real as we were out and about.  They would also point out when plants were mentioned in Christmas songs.  It was such a neat learning experience.

Source:  Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Christmas in Europe Printable Pack.  This is a subscriber's only freebie. To obtain your free copy, click on the subscriber's link at the bottom of this post.

Famous Christmas Desserts Throughout Europe

If I want to teach my kiddos about foreign countries, the best way I've found to do so is through the introduction of foods, especially desserts.  It definitely helped that the book mentioned above spoke a lot about yummy traditions across Europe.

For this activity the kiddos matched up pictures of desserts with their corresponding country flags.  It made such a difference for them to see what each dessert looked like.  Each one definitely had their preferences.  Lol.

Source:  Jason and I created the printable for this activity as part of our Christmas in Europe Printable Pack.  This is a subscriber's only freebie. To obtain your free copy, click on the subscriber's link at the bottom of this post.

Studying the traditions of Europe during the holiday season was so much fun. The kiddos particularly enjoyed our own mini celebrations of St. Nicolas Day and Santa Lucia Day.  They developed a better understanding of the 12 Days of Christmas and loved adopting some of the traditions we learned about.

To me the most beautiful aspect of the unit was that they stepped out of life in the United States and developed such a love and appreciation for other cultures! 

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FREE Christmas in Europe Printable Pack for Kids

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