Read in 1 min Family Ministry Resources » Family Ministry Ideas » At-church Activities » At-home Activities Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Family Activity: Celebrating Christmas Around the World Published: October 17, 2011 Use this Family Activity: Celebrating Christmas Around the World to learn about and pray for others around the world with your family. You’ll need: green paint blue paint paintbrushes Celebrating Christmas Around the World Have your family name any Christmas traditions you practice. Then read the traditions below to learn what people in other areas of the world do. Talk about why you think each tradition helps to focus on Jesus — or distracts from him. Paint your ornament to look like a globe. After it dries, hang it on your tree and pray for the people in each country you learned about. In Mumbai, India, people string paper lanterns between houses so it seems like stars float above you as you walk down the road. In Bethlehem, many people have special services in Shepherd’s Fields or the Church of the Nativity. Many people paint crosses on their door. In Brazil, it’s customary to build “electric trees”— trees made solely out of electric lights. In Mexico, kids put present requests in their shoes, and they believe the three wise men deliver the gifts. They also have fireworks, ringing bells, and blowing whistles right at midnight on Christmas day to announce Jesus’ birth. In Ireland, people clean and even whitewash their homes to purify them for Christmas. They place candles in their windows as a sign of hospitality for Mary and Joseph. In Britain, many theaters gather kids to pantomime stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and Aladdin. In China, Christmas isn’t a recognized holiday, but the country is still filled with Christmas decorations. Many Christians go to church. In France, nearly every home displays a nativity. These often include “santons” (little saints). In Egypt, Christians don’t eat meat, dairy, or animal products for the month leading up to Christmas. Check out all our Christmas posts. © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!