How Kids Celebrate Christmas Around the World
Everyone loves Christmas! But have you ever considered that Christmas might be celebrated elsewhere in the world in another way? What is the typical Christmas dish in Japan? Would you like to spend Christmas day in Ethiopia? Which goodies are always present on festive tables in Greece? On our journey together you’ll learn lots of interesting things about the year’s most beautiful holiday.
What I loved: This is a fun look into all the different ways that Christmas is celebrated in different countries. In some countries, shifts seen over time are also described, such as the traditional mechanism of decorating boats in Greece that has been transitioned to trees to match other countries. It was also interesting to hear about the different depictions of Santa (or whoever leaves presents) and the foods that are associated with the holiday in different countries. The illustrations are really fantastic with lots of color, festivity, and details that give children a lot to visually explore.
What left me wanting more: Some of the European/US countries seemed to have a lot more detail than other countries, such as those in South America, and I would have liked to know more about those and others with which children may be less familiar. More organization of the text would have been nice as well, as the paragraphs often seemed to differ (for instance, a box for who leaves presents or details about presents, and similar facts across countries would have been nice to see clearer the differences).
Final verdict: Overall, HOW KIDS CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD is a cute and fun look at the ways the holiday is celebrated in 14 different countries. This is a festive and colorful read that will charm Christmas lovers.