Celebrating Christmas Around the World: Teaching Children About Different Cultures

The holiday season is a wonderful time to teach children about the diverse ways in which Christmas is celebrated around the world. At Whiz Kidz Delahey, we believe in fostering an appreciation for different cultures and traditions. Here are some ideas the team at Delahey Whiz Kidz have put together to celebrate Christmas around the world with your children:


In Germany, Christmas markets are a popular tradition. Set up a mini-market at the childcare centre with handmade crafts, treats, and decorations.


In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated with Las Posadas, a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay. Teach children about this tradition and create a simple re-enactment.


In Sweden, St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated with a procession of children wearing white robes and candles. Encourage children to create their own paper crowns and candles for a procession.


In Japan, Christmas is not a national holiday but is celebrated with KFC fried chicken and Christmas cake. Have a “Japanese Christmas” at the childcare centre with these foods and learn about the unique traditions.


In Italy, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a traditional Christmas Eve meal. Create a sensory activity with different types of fish and seafood for children to explore.

South Africa

In South Africa, Christmas is celebrated with a braai, or barbecue. Have a pretend barbecue at the childcare centre and talk about this tradition.


In China, Christmas is not widely celebrated, but apples are given as gifts. Have an “apple day” at the childcare centre with apple-themed activities and learn about this Chinese tradition.


In India, Christmas is celebrated with decorations and feasts. Create colourful rangoli patterns with coloured rice or chalk and have a festive feast with Indian-inspired dishes.


In Russia, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th and is a time for family gatherings and church services. Learn about Russian Christmas traditions and create Russian-inspired crafts.

By celebrating Christmas around the world, we can teach children about the richness of different cultures and the importance of diversity. We hope these ideas inspire you to explore and celebrate the many ways in which Christmas is celebrated globally. Merry Christmas from all of us at Delahey Whiz Kidz!

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