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Merry Christmas from Around the World


Joyeux Noel, Buone Feste Natalizie, Feliz Navidad, Kala Christouyenna…these are just some of the ways to say Merry Christmas in different languages.

It’s great fun to learn about different Christmas traditions and at Educational Esteem we love a multicultural festive season!

For teachers An Italian Christmas Adventure by Nadia Cavallo is a must-have resource. Everything you need for a Christmas unit on Italian traditions is included – CDs, books and DVD. Students will learn about La Befana who, In Italian folklore, is an old woman who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (January 5). There are also traditional Christmas songs in Italian to learn and enjoy as well as DVD segments on how Italians do the festive season including shopping, foods, the nativity and New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Buon Natale: Learning Songs & Traditions in Italian is another great resource for teachers. The traditions of Christmas in Italy are shared through song and story in this dual-language book and CD. Songs in Italian and English include classics of the season like “O Christmas Tree” and Italian favourites “Tu scendi dalla stele” and “Santa Lucia”.

For a French Christmas there’s Joyeux Noël: Learning Songs and Traditions in French. The French-English book, with accompanying CD is full of traditional carols and popular holiday songs, beautifully illustrated, that tell the story of how the French get festive.

The world music specialists Putumayo has a wonderful holiday collection called A Family Christmas. The yuletide favourites on this CD come from an eclectic array of artists and the songs span blue grass, folk, blues and country. Highlights include the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy with “Is Zat You Santa Claus? “ and the Christmas Jug Band with “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus”.


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