Wednesday, December 7, 2011

An Early American Christmas

Today, I taught the girls about Christmas in the early 1800's and how it was originally celebrated. From decorations to recipes the differences between then and now are quite interesting. In honor of the first traditions we handmade all of our Christmas crafts out of paper. Here are some of the few projects that we worked on today. They turned out quite cute if I say so myself! I was hoping to post pics of our creations but currently having camera-phone issues. I hope you enjoy the title cover of the library book we are currently using as a resource!
  • Patterned Paper Chains
  • Paper Christmas Trees
  • Paper Gingerbread Men
  • Paper Snowflakes

I was thinking of having the girls make their very own candle just like they did in the good ole' days. If I decide on this project I will most definitely post pics.

The next chapter of our Early American Christmas education is recipes. I was thinking of looking up a few recipes from the "Little House on the Prairie" days. Looking forward to that!

What have you done so far with your homeschoolers as far as "Christmas Crafts" go? Please share your ideas, would love to hear them!


Blessed to be a mom!


  1. I love Tommie dePaola books! We are reading The Legend of the Poinsettia today! Thanks for reminding me about this book, too!

  2. Hi again Lindsey -- I meant to tell you about a Thursday link up at It is called Read Aloud Thursday - I participate each week and it's a great way to share what you're reading with your children! Amy is the hostess and she is great!! I hope you can join us.

  3. We read a book about early American Christmas' this week, too. I'll have to search out this dePaola book. It is one we haven't read.


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