By Joan O’Brien
Is it time to hide the brooms yet?
Discover wonderful ways that people celebrate Christmas in countries that range from Great Britain, France, Australia, Greece, China, Iraq, Sweden and Norway where it is customary to hide a broom after a beautiful family feast on Christmas Eve. Wonderful short explanations about meaningful traditions accompany beautiful black and white pictures that are truly inviting to color.
This is a great book that shares background on customs such as hanging stocking, caroling, mistletoe, yule logs and introduces so many other days and ways that people celebrate the season that heralds the birth of Christ. Great fun as a homeschooling social studies project or just for coloring, Christmas or holiday fun.
Highly recommended. Now, to find my crayons and coloring pencils!
Written by Cheryl Benner
What is Christmas like among the “plain” folk of Pennsylvania? Although there’s no electricity and few modern devices, the holiday season is filled with fun, friendship and giving.
Did you know that students from the Amish schoolhouse are called “scholars”. Find out if they exchange presents. How they thank their teacher and postman at the holiday times? What is a taffy pull – and does it sound like fun? Nicely written and illustrated in black and white, each page allows a child to not only read about this community but also color and explore the pictures and images.
This is a simple and beautiful book – as much fun to read as it is to color! Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in simpler holidays or getting back to “the reason for the season.”