We decorate the Christmas tree and exchange gifts.

IMG_3272.JPG IMG_3271.JPG
These are our elves. They are Santa's helpers who report back to the North Pole to let him know if we have been naughty or nice. There are two kinds of elves: School elves and home elves.

We read the book, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and learned about how kindness can change a person for the better. We spend the Christmas season spreading kindness to those in need.

We read Christmas stories to get us in the holiday spirit. We also sing Christmas carols.

IMG_3202 (1).jpeg
The whole 3rd grade performed in a holiday musical called, "Jinglebell Jukebox." This is another way that we spread holiday cheer.

In America, we also have our pet's pictures taken with Santa. Here is a picture of Mrs. Murphy's dog named Toby with Santa this year.

Other Traditions:

  • Some families have a Christmas Eve feast and attend Christmas Eve Church Services

  • We decorate our houses with lights, wreaths, and other Christmas decorations

  • Exchange and open gifts on Christmas Eve

  • Some families make and hang Angel chimes

  • Make and exchange fruit cake

  • Watch the Disney Christmas Parade (live from Disneyland and Disneyworld)

  • Bake cookies for Santa

  • Some families watch Football or Basketball on Christmas Day

  • Some families watch the 24 hours of A Christmas Story on cable

  • If it is a white Christmas, kids go outside and play in the snow

  • Some families eat a big breakfast

  • Kids set out a plate of cookies and milk for Santa on Christmas Eve and carrots for the reindeer

  • Sing Christmas carols

  • Hang stockings and check to see what Santa left in them

  • The day after Christmas, people shop for deeply discounted items. Return lines are long.

Christmas Traditions in America

Mrs Murphys class checking out reindeer cam