European Christmas Traditions StudiedAt St. Jude School

An exciting tradition in the first grade classroom at St. Jude School is the study of Christmas traditions in Europe comparing them to our traditions in the United States. Special focus was placed on Ireland, France, Germany and Italy. Ornaments, maps, and flags from each country were made in the classroom as each country was introduced. At the end of the unit, a celebration was held in the Day Room with the help of volunteer parents.

The students rotated among tables to sample food and complete a craft for each country. The display for Ireland included the Celtic alphabet, clothing, whistles, and Christmas decorations. The students sampled soda bread and scones. The French exhibit featured information on the bells of Notre Dame and the Christmas novena called Le R’evillion along with croissants and sparkling apple cider. Bratwurst, sauerkraut, gingerbread, and potato salad were available at the German display which also featured nutcrackers and a German Advent wreath. Samples of the Italian cuisine included mozzarella cheese and tomatoes, ricotta cheese cookies and pizzelles. The students made a necklace representing the Italian flag and the Novena festival.