Our Eight Days of Christmas Around the World: RUSSIA

On Monday, December 20, we'll venture over to Russia to learn about some of their Christmas traditions. Within our core curriculum, we'll study Russia in detail right before Easter, and it'll be fun then to refer back to the cultural tidbits we'll pick up through this one-day overview.


  • Baboushka: A Christmas Folktale from Russia by Arthur Scholey
  • Christmas Around the World, Ch. 9 by Emily Kelley


We'll use adapted directions found in Celebrate Christmas Around the World (CCAW) to make Fabric Ball Ornaments:
  • fabric scraps
  • a small styrofoam ball
  • white craft glue
  • 6" ribbon
  • straight pins
  • a pencil
  1. Choose and cut several small fabric scraps to fit around the ball.
  2. Place one piece of fabric on the ball. Use the point of the pencil to gently push the fabric edges about 1/8" into the ball - or, alternately, use straight pins or the glue to secure the corners of the piece. Repeat with the other fabric scraps, overlapping them into a pleasing design.
  3. When the entire ball is covered with fabric, loop the ribbon and use a straight pin to attach it to the top of the ball.

Other Activities:

I'll try to find some nesting dolls to display and discuss.


CCAW contains a recipe for Kovrizhka Medovaya - honey spice cake - that "is a Russian Christmas favorite" (66). We'll have it for snack.
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 c. honey
  • 1/2 c. sliced almonds or other nuts
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • whipped cream or jam
  1. Grease and flour a 9" x 5" loaf pan. Preheat oven to 350ยบ F.
  2. In a bowl, beat the eggs well.
  3. Add brown sugar and mix thoroughly.
  4. Mix the flour and baking soda in a separate bowl. Add egg and sugar mixture to the flour mixture. Stir well.
  5. Add honey and stir for 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in raisins.
  7. Pour dough into a greased pan and spread evenly.
  8. Sprinkle nuts evenly on the top.
  9. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let cool 20 minutes. Slice and serve with whipped cream or jam.

Language Arts:

The children will add a page for Russia to their Christmas Around the World booklets.

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Photo Credits: cindy251978 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cindyandmike/5235595925/) and J.L.S. Photography - Alaska (http://www.flickr.com/photos/akgypsy37/5234999775/)

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