Language Arts


A Visit from St Nicholas AKA The Night Before Christmas
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas



Talk to friends, family and neighbors about their holiday traditions.


The text of A Visit from St. Nicholas is an excellent choice for copywork for a child who is capable. If your child has trouble with the sheer length of the poem, break it down in to easier chunks for her.


Add some stockings to the mittens made in The Mitten Lesson Plan and make some more elaborate patterns to have your child guess which comes next.

Have older children analyze Santa's route with This Worksheet from
In fact, there are quite a few Christmas-themed worksheets there that you can check out for all levels. All I've looked at so far have been blessedly secular.

Experimentation and Observation

Out and About

Go a-wassailing, or Christmas Caroling.

Go to a local production of A Christmas Carol if you can find one.


We will be creating these jointed dancing Santa and Reindeer dolls.

Go to the theater. See A Christmas Carol or The Nutcracker.


My husband is always called upon to play Christmas music at the family gatherings. He brings his accordion for this purpose. While he generally humors the Christian folks at these gatherings, we actively teach our kids the more secular songs that blend in well among the Christian ones. Younger kids can easily pick up these tunes and older kids learning an instrument can accompany. Don't deny your kids this lovely genre of music. After all, Christmas carols were declared Pagan and forbidden by the Commonwealth of England Government in the 1640-50s.

Some secular Christmas songs (some with very Pagan flavor)

Some You've Certainly Heard
Deck the Halls { Lyrics } { Sheet Music } (This is also a great one to make up your own verses to. After you and the kids have had a go, try it out with the adults at the New Year's Party)
Auld Lang Syne { Lyrics (Yes, I know it's a New Year's song, but so is Deck the Halls)
Silver and Gold { Lyrics } { Sheet Music }
Oh Christmas Tree (Perhaps omitting the final verse?) { Lyrics } { Sheet Music }
Frosty the Snowman { Lyrics } { Sheet Music }
Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer { Lyrics } { Sheet music }
Jingle Bells { Lyrics and Sheet Music }
White Christmas { Lyrics } { Sheet Music }
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year { Lyrics } { Sheet Music }
Sleigh Ride
Santa Clause is Coming to Town
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
Let it Snow
Winter Wonderland
Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Over the River and Through the Woods

Some That May Be New To You
(Some perhaps more appropriate for older than younger children. Lots of drinking songs here.)
The Boar's Head Carol Lyrics
Here We Come A-wassailing
A Wassail, A Wassail { Lyrics }
A Wassail Throughout the Town { Lyrics }
Night of Silence { Lyrics } { Sheet Music }
The Forest Raised a Christmas Tree
Hanover Winter Song
Hey Ho Nobody Home
A Jolly Wassel-Bowl { Lyrics }
The Contest of the Holly and the Ivy { Lyrics }
Blow Blow Thy Winter Wind { lyrics }

And of course, if you are looking for Pagan versions of Christmas carols, there are many to be found. There is quite a long list at

and you can download an e-book of Pagan carols from

Foreign Language

Learn O Tannenbaum (German) and The Boar's Head Carol (Latin)

Online Resources