Christmas Around the World: Philippines

Yesterday we launched this year's study of Christmas Around the World by exploring traditions in Thailand. Today we continued in a similar fashion with the Philippines.


Since, as noted in Christmas Around the World by Mary D. Lankford, "the Philippines is the only Asian nation in which Christianity is the religion of choice of most of the people" (26), it was much easier to find relevant books on the subject. Besides Celebrate Christmas Around the World (CCAW), we referred to the following helpful resources:
  • Christmas Around the World (pp. 26-27) by Mary D. Lankford
  • Merry Christmas Everywhere! (pp. 40-41) by Arlene Erlbach
  • Christmas in the Philippines by Cheryl L. Enderlein

Every book we found discussed the importance of the parol, or Christmas star, pictured above (which, in fact, is also used as a Christmas decoration in Thailand), so we made our own simple version as outlined in Merry Christmas Everywhere!:
  • a ruler
  • scissors
  • two triangles of construction paper measuring 4" on each side
  • glue
  • two craft sticks
  • curly ribbon
  • miscellaneous decorating supplies (glitter glue, sequins, plastic "gemstones")
  1. Cut two triangles measuring 4" on each side from construction paper;
  2. Place the triangles so they form a star;
  3. Glue the triangles together;
  4. Glue the craft sticks together so they make an X;
  5. Glue the craft stick X to the center of the star so the ends stick out between the points of the star;
  6. Glue curly ribbon to the tips of the star's points and/or to the craft sticks;
  7. Decorate the star.

Other Activities:
We learned to say "Merry Christmas" (Maligayang Pasko) in Tagalog, one of the main languages in the Philippines. We also played our Geography Game for Asia from last year's curriculum.

Among the many special Christmas foods Filipinos enjoy is a chicken and rice soup, so we had that entree for lunch.

Language Arts:
Each girl continued her Christmas Around the World booklet, directions for which are available here under the Language Arts heading.


Photo Credits: cindy251978 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cindyandmike/5235595925/) and rastamarie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rastamarie/325937338/)

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