Friday, December 16, 2011

Advent Reading Week 3

My Littles have really enjoyed our approach to reading Advent/Christmas books this year.  This time last year, they were starting to fade away from our daily books.

Using Cay Gibson's Christmas Around the World theme means fewer books each week, but their attention has definitely been held captive!

This week we traveled to Europe again and then to North America, specifically the Caribbean Islands!  

Sweden:  Lucia, Saint of Light (written by Katherine Bolger Hyde) and Christmas in  Noisy Village (written by Astrid Lindgren)

Lucia, Saint of Light, holds all the explanations needed, in kid-friendly terms, regarding who this saint is and all the wonderful and warm traditions around her feast day.  The Littles were excited to hear all about the customs of the Swedish people.

Christmas in Noisy Village is a cute story about three farms nestled very close to one another, the children that live in each house, and their excitement that builds up to Christmas morning.  We learned how they use each day to prepare for Christmas.  The setting is in Sweden back in the early part of the twentieth century.  The illustrations are just beautiful.

I read both stories on Dec. 13, the feast of St. Lucia.

Trinidad and Tobago (islands in the southern Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela):  An Island Christmas (written by Lynn Joseph)

Let me just say that by the time we were done reading this story, we were all wishing our bags were packed for a Christmas island adventure!

This story taught us about weather on the island, especially in December.  We learned about new customs regarding Christmas on the islands, i.e. their Christmas trees (Guava tree branches), parang bands (early Spanish settlers brought this with them), foods (black currant cakes), Sorrel (a special Christmas drink), as well as sugar cane and soursop ice cream treats!  So many colorful customs!!

The Littles really liked this story a lot!

Hard to believe that we wrapped up week 3 of our Christmas Around the World theme.  One week left and it will bring us to North America.  I'll post more next week.

In the meantime, you can find many more book ideas at an Favorite Advent and Christmas Books Link up that Jessica is hosting.  If you haven't already, stop over there and take a peek!

Advent blessings!

~  Patty  ~


  1. We just read An Island Christmas the other day. I agree, we were ready to pack our bags! Then we spent some time looking for Parang band videos on YouTube. We found some interesting things :) Did you read the story with the appropriate Caribbean accent ???!!

  2. Ha ha! I did read it in the appropriate accent! That was hard at first but by the end of the story I had it down :)

    Thanks for the You tube idea...looked some up this morning.

  3. Love your reading plan! I am looking to get your two swedish stories for next year (though I think I may get Noisy Village from the library before Christmas day....I have it reserved). We have yet to really do St Lucy's feast...maybe next year. :)

  4. Great report! I'm looking into this for next year or so. I just love Cay Gibson's stuff. I chuckled at feeling like you wanted to get your bags packed for Trinidad:) Sounds pretty good myself! Thanks for sharing.

  5. just think of the education your kiddos are getting, reading these stories of Christmas elsewhere!


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