Christmas {Holiday Helps}

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. - Isaiah 9:5-7 Here are some ideas to help you and your family celebrate Christ's birth!

Christmas {Holiday Helps}

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.

Isaiah 9:5–7

Here are some ideas to help you and your family celebrate Christ’s birth:

Luke 2
Read the story of the birth of Jesus.

 

Activities

The Christmas Story
A beautiful interactive retelling through art from Eclectic Homeschool Online.

Matchbox Advent Calendar
Count down to Christmas with a fun craft for the entire family that can be used year after year!

Christmas
Share Christmas carols and hymns with your children with these favorites from Net Hymnal.

Christmas Karaoke
Or sing along with one of our favorite sites!

Christmas Cookie Countdown
Christmas is the season of sharing…Christmas cookies! Favorite Christmas cookie recipes from Taste of Home for each day of December through Christmas. Join their eNewsletter for this year’s countdown.

Reindeer in the Arctic
Free art lesson from Carol Hurst, Draw-Write-Now.

12 Days of Christmas {Activities}
Lots of suggestions that go along with the song.

 

Books

Christmas {Holiday Helps}I Spy Christmas by Jean Marzollo
We love these “I Spy” books. This one has a Christmas theme where young people can enjoy finding the pictures that answer the rhymes.

I spy a horse and three glitter shells,
A five-pointed star, and two silver bells….

The Bird’s Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin
A heartwarming tale of an ill little girl’s efforts to make Christmas special to those less fortunate than herself.

“The Tailor of Gloucester” by Beatrix Potter
Lovely tale by a master weaver.

Christmas {Holiday Helps}One bitter cold day near Christmastime the tailor began to make a coat….

“Alack, I am undone, for I have no more twist!” ….

The stitches of those button-holes were so neat—so neat—I wonder how they could be stitched by an old man in spectacles, with crooked old fingers, and a tailor’s thimble.

The stitches of those button-holes were so small—so small—they looked as if they had been made by little mice!

Christmas {Holiday Helps}A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This is the unabridged Enriched Classics version that includes an introductory chronology of Charles Dickens’s life and work, background information on the historical setting of A Christmas Carol, and inline links that take you to interpretive notes. Free on Kindle. Read our full review.

“The Gift of the Magi” by O’Henry
Heartwarming story about the special self-denying Christmas gifts a husband and wife give each other from their heart…with the O’Henry twist.

One Wintry NightOne Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham
A book that shines the light on the real Christmas gift! Read our review.

 

Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Twas the Night Before Christmas {Free eBook & Go-Alongs}
Lots of ways to enjoy this book — including free copywork pages!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas {Review & Activities}
On the Christmas reading list each and every year, from childhood through adulthood, because even adults can use the reminder:

Maybe Christmas…doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!

Christmas Symbols Unit Study {Free}
Free unit focusing on Christmas symbols and their meanings.

Christmas Carols & Hymns Unit Study {Free}
Wonderful free unit focusing on 15 hymns and carols of Christmas.

Dickens A Christmas Carol: A Unit Study
Our own free unit with free eBook downloads, literature study suggestions, and lots of resources!

Christmas Around the World Unit Study & Lapbook {Free}
Great resource from HomeschoolShare.com!

The Names of Jesus
Free Christmas unit study from Karen Caroe.

Amazing Grace — A Christmas Unit Study
Free unit from Cindy Downes.

Mini-Study of Christmas
This “mini” unit from Homeschool in the Woods includes lessons in the areas of history, geography, language arts, science, math, music, art, drama, and community service!

 

Printables & Notebooking Pages

Nativity Lapbook
Free Christmas lapbook from Angela Frampton for younger children focusing on the nativity.

Birth of Christ Lapbook
Beautifully illustrated from Veritas Press.

Symbols of Christmas Minibooks {Free}
Cute minibooks covering Christmas symbols from Eclectic Education that can be gathered into a lapbook.