As a young girl, I loved to hear Christmas traditions from my heritage; my father is from Mexico, my mother is Dutch, my grandfather is Indonesian, my great grandmother is Japanese. Each country holds different traditions or celebrations during the Christmas season. Learning about them helped me feel a special bond with my heritage and with people around the world. Even if you don't have close relatives from other countries in the world, children love to learn about the world they live in.
This Christmas gather your kids to look at a globe or map of the world. Have each child choose a country they are interested in and learn about their traditions. You may even find a new tradition to add to your own. Click here or here for a list of countries and their respective Christmas traditions, celebrations or activities.
Have a very Merry Christmas!