Part of the popular Usborne Young Reading series, ‘Christmas Around the World’ is a glorious little book full of facts and interesting traditions about Christmas. This book covers everything and is wonderful for teaching children about Christmas for the first time, especially if you want to remind them of traditions we might not see as much today.
I of course went straight to the chapter about food which describes what people eat from all around the world. In Italy, theircake of choice is pannetone. It’s a big round sweet cake full of fruit and if you’re lucky, you might be able to get some in this country too.
And not everyone waits for Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. In Sweden, children leave out a bowl of porridge for the Tomte, a gnome who lives under the floorboards. And from this book you might even learn how to say Merry Christmas in lots of other languages….that will impress your friends.
For such a seemingly small book this is actually full of festive facts and the illustrations are great, really bringing the different cultures and traditions to life.
A charming book to get any child into the Christmas spirit, whatever their traditions.
‘Christmas Around the World’ is published by Usborne, £4.99
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