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Christmas {Holiday Helps}

Christmas Holiday Helps unit featuring resources and ideas to help you and your family celebrate Christ’s birth!

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

Luke 2
Read the story of the birth of Jesus.


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!

Share Christmas carols and hymns with your children with these favorites from HymnTime.com.

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.

Dozens of Christmas Printables {Free}
A very nice collection of free printables from Canon!

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

12 Days of Christmas {Activities}

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

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 Birds’ 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.

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!

“The Tailor of Gloucester” by Beatrix Potter
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.

Christmas: Its Origin, Celebration and Significance as Related in Prose and Verse edited by Robert Haven Schauffler
Wonderful collection of poems, essays, plays, and short stories by famous writers all about Christmas! Available as a free eBook.

“A Christmas Sermon” by Robert Louis Stevenson
The poet captures the Christmas meaning.

One Wintry Night

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

The Night Before Christmas and Other Christmas Stories ~ Free eBook
A free collection of 16 short stories and poems.

Unit Studies & Lesson Plans

Celebrating the Birth of Christ {Free Unit}
Great resource from HubbardsCupboard.org geared toward preschool and early elementary students, but expandable as a framework for older children.

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!

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

Christmas Around the World
Use this to learn more and create a Christmas Around the World Notebook.

Silent Night: A Unit Study

Silent Night: A Unit Study
Our own unit featuring the history behind the hymn, activities, and resources!

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

“A Visit from Saint Nicholas” by Clement C. Moore
Poetry study.

“The Night After Christmas”
Poetry study (a parody of the above).

Printables & Notebooking Pages

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.

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