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Stories, activities and historical facts combine to teach children the origins of our present-day customs as they share Christmas with a pioneer family in the 1800s. The stories in this unit are set on a farm near Peterborough, Ontario, in the early 1850s. The italicized text at the beginning of each story gives the history of a specific Christmas custom, and the story itself brings the custom to life in a pioneer setting. Information with related illustrations and follow-up activities are based on these stories: Stir-up Sunday, Christmas Cards, Gift Giving, The Christmas Goose, The Christmas Tree, Decorating & Courtship, and Christmas Day.
Good supplement to my unit on settlement. Liked the stories within the activities.
Lots of information. Very explicit and engaging for my students to be transported back in time.
New to teaching this unit and needed reading material before Christmas. Perfect fit!