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Christmas is an annual Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. It is held on December 25th. The books, websites and artifacts on this page will help you learn about the customs and traditions of people all over the world who celebrate Christmas.
Here is an artifact that shows you a Christmas tradition from Europe. This creche, or nativity scene, is from Poland and is an Artifact at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. “The Christmas nativity scenes are replicas of the birth of Jesus, which is the story taken from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Nativity sets are an essential part of the Christmas celebration all around the world. Many of the nativity scenes today originated with German crèches, a French word for “crib” or “manger.” Christmas Nativity creches representing Mary, Joseph and others around the crib of baby Jesus at the Bethlehem stable have a long-standing tradition in Poland. During the holiday season you will find one in every church. Krakow boasts a unique tradition of creches shaped after the Krakow church of St. Mary. Each creche is hand-crafted by various professional artists and amateurs, and entered in an annual competition.
The Nutcracker in Harlem is the traditional story of the nutcracker set In Harlem in the 1920s. During her family’s Christmas party, Marie receives a nutcracker from her Uncle Cab and has an amazing dream.Choose one of the books below to experience Christmas from another time period or from a part of the world different than your own.
Websites, Activities & Printables:
- Christmas Traditions in Austria, Germany, Switzerland
- The World of Holiday Traditions
- Say “Merry Christmas” in Several Languages
- National Geographic Kids: Winter Celebrations
- The North Pole: Christmas Around the World
- IndyPL Kids’ Blog: Christmas Classics
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Christmas Artifacts from Around the World
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