12.15.2010

Our Eight Days of Christmas Around the World: MEXICO

Since, according to Celebrate Christmas Around the World (CCAW), "the most important Christmas custom for Mexicans" (49) - Las Posadas - begins on December 16, we'll cross "the pond" and focus our attention on Mexico tomorrow. We studied Mexico in an in-depth way near the beginning of our current term last September (about which you can read here and here) so the day will serve as a quick review, too.


DAY 4: MEXICO


Literature:
  • Christmas Around the World, Chapter 2, by Emily Kelley
  • Christmas Eve Blizzard by Andrea Vlahakis
  • Christmas in Mexico by Cheryl L. Enderlein
  • "A Gift from the Heart - A Mexican Legend" by Saviour Pirotta from The Kingfisher Book of Classic Christmas Stories (Ian Whybrow, Editor)
  • The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie de Paola
  • The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie de Paola
  • Pablo's Christmas by Hugo C. Martin
  • Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto

Craft:

CCAW contains a simple Poinsettia Pattern sheet from which each child will make a paper poinsettia. I picked up some All That Bling yellow scrapbooking stickers to serve as the poinsettias' centers.


Other Activities:

We'll sing "Silent Night" in Spanish. We'll also play the Geography Game for North America from My Father's World: Exploring Countries and Cultures, our core curriculum for the year.


Food:

At lunch, we'll have taquitos, tamales, Ensalada de Noche Buena (Christmas Eve Salad), and Mexican hot chocolate. CCAW contains a recipe for this hot chocolate, but I found an instant mix in the Mexican section of my local grocery store which I'll try in order to simplify our day. I will, however, use the following simple recipe (adapted from CCAW) for Ensalada de Noche Buena:

20 oz. can pineapple chunks, drained
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
1 apple, cored and sliced into wedges
2 T. orange or lemon juice
lettuce leaves
1/2 c. peanuts

  1. Dip sliced bananas and apple wedges into orange juice.
  2. Line a platter with several crisp lettuce leaves.
  3. Arrange fruits in groups on the platter in an attractive manner.
  4. Sprinkle on peanuts.

Language Arts:

Each child will do a narration for her Christmas Around the World booklet.


Previous Posts:

To see what we've done for other countries in our whirlwind tour of Christmas traditions, click on these links:


Photo Credits: cindy251978 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cindyandmike/5235595925/) and indianahistoricalsociety (http://www.flickr.com/photos/21819206@N07/2108781503/)

1 comment:

Tara said...

I'm really enjoying the Christmas trip around the world!! What great lessons! I hope to borrow them in future years with my children! Thank you for posting about them!

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