December Global Holidays: A Multicultural Celebration of World Holidays

December Global Holidays: A Multicultural Celebration of World Holidays

December 1, 2021
by
Brittany the Book Lady

People around the world gather together each year to celebrate cherished family traditions. No month is packed with quite as many global holidays as the month of December.

December Multicultural Holiday Celebrations

  • Saint Nicholas Day - Dec 6 (Christian)
  • Advent - 4 Sundays before Christmas Day - no fixed date (Christian)
  • Hanukkah - 25th day of Kislev - no fixed date (Jewish)
  • Ramadan - 9th month of the Islamic calendar - no fixed date (Muslim)
  • Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Dec 12 (Mexican)
  • St. Lucia Day - Dec 13 (Swedish)
  • Festivus - Dec 23 (Parody)
  • Christmas Eve - Dec 24 (Christian)
  • Christmas Day - Dec 25 (Christian)
  • Kwanzaa - Dec 26 - Jan 1 (African American)
  • Boxing Day - Dec 26 (English, Canadian, Australian)
  • Omisoka - Dec 31 (Japanese)
  • Yule - Dec 24 - Jan 1 (German)
  • New Year's Eve - Dec 31

Global Holidays and Celebrations

You probably know someone who observes more than one of these holidays and celebrations. This flashlight book teaches kids about our multicultural world and its diverse group of celebrations.

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The following celebrations and holidays are featured in this new shine-a-light book title.

Lunar New Year (Asian)

"This spring festival marks the end of winter and the start of a new year in many Asian communities. It happens in January or February."
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Valentine's Day

"February 14 is a day for people to show their love. People send cards to each other and sometimes give gifts, too."
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Holi (Hindu)

"This colorful Hindu festival celebrates love and the beginning of spring. It usually takes place in March."
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St. Patrick's Day

"March 17 celebrates the life of Saint Patrick of Ireland. People wear green and watch parades of bands and Irish dancers."
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Passover (Jewish)

"This Jewish holiday lasts for seven to eight days, starting on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. Families tell stories, sing, and eat together."
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Cherry Blossom Festival (Japanese)

"This ancient tradition encourages people to appreciate nature. Families and friends in Japan visit parks and gardens to walk and picnic by the flowering cherry trees."
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Easter (Christian)

"This is an important Christian holiday that takes place in spring. Eggs at Easter are a symbol of life and new beginnings."
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Eid (Muslim)

"An important Muslim festival, Eid is the end of Ramadan - a month when adults fast during the day. It happens on the first day of the Islamic month of Shawwal."
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The Fourth of July (United States)

"Independence Day is celebrated in the US every July 4. People wear the colors of the American flag - red, white, and blue."
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La Tomatina Festival (Spain)

"This takes place every year in the town of Bunol, Spain, on the last Wednesday of August. When it's done, the tomato mush is cleared from the streets by hoses."
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Halloween

"Halloween originally began as a religious celebration in Ireland and Scotland. Now, it is celebrated across the world."
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Day of the Dead (Mexican)

"This Mexican festival happens from October 31 to November 2. There are parades, and people remember their loved ones by decorating ofrendas with flowers - especially marigolds - and lighting candles."
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Hanukkah (Jewish)

"The Jewish festival of lights starts on the 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev, and lasts for eight days. A candle on the menorah is lit for every night of Hanukkah."
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Christmas (Christian)

"This Christian festival celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. It always takes place on December 25."
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Kwanzaa (African American)

"From December 26 to January 1, this US Festival celebrates traditional African food, music, and storytelling. Gifts are given on the last day."
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New Year's Eve

"At midnight on January 1, there's a cheering crowd and fireworks. A whole year of celebrations is about to start again. Happy New Year!"
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100 Family Fun Children's Activities to Fight Boredom This Holiday Season

50 Indoor Winter Activities for Kids

It's beginning to get cold outside, but don't let being stuck inside get you down. Follow this list of indoor winter activities to keep everyone in the family happy. This list has something for everyone to enjoy.

  1. Play with Legos
  2. Play with Play-Doh
  3. Watch holiday movies - we love Elf, Home Alone 1 & 2, A Christmas Story, Rudolph, and Christmas with the Kranks
  4. Play hide and seek
  5. Read a good book - our favorites are Usborne books, Curious George, The Berenstain Bears, and The Magic School Bus
  6. Build a jigsaw puzzle
  7. Play a video game - some of our favorites are Tony Hawks Pro Skater, Lego Jurassic Park, and Lego City
  8. Draw pictures
  9. Color in coloring books
  10. Bake holiday treats - we enjoy Peanut Butter Blossoms, and Pretzel Turtles
  11. Have a Nerf gun fight
  12. Have a "sock war" - this is basically an indoor snowball fight with rolled up socks
  13. Build an awesome fort with your Nugget - or go old school using tables, chairs, blankets, and pillows
  14. Have a dance party - we like to use our portable Bose bucket speaker to blast tunes both inside and during bonfires outside
  15. Listen to your favorite holiday music
  16. Have your cat chase a laser pointer
  17. Start a pillow fight
  18. Build something great with Magnatiles
  19. Sing karaokee as a family
  20. Play the floor is lava
  21. Make paper airplanes and see whose goes the furthest - need help? Try these paper airplane books
  22. Craft your own holiday cards
  23. Play musical instruments - our favorites are ukuleles, dog guitar, cat keyboard, or empty Folgers coffee tubs as drums
  24. Build a Hot Wheels car track and race your cars - we like to start the track upstairs and have it wind downstairs
  25. Create a Thomas the train track
  26. Paint a picture - we like the magic painting books and water wonders reusable painting books
  27. Have a family game night - some of our favorites include Connect Four, Guess Who, and Scooby-Doo Escape the Haunted Mansion
  28. Play a card game
  29. Research a future trip you want to take - we like to research National Parks, like the Smoky Mountains and Rocky Mountains
  30. Make a gingerbread house
  31. Do a book Advent calendar - learn more about book advent calendars
  32. Create your own ornaments - color and decorate wooden clothespins into characters like reindeer, snowmen, etc.
  33. Make paper snowflakes
  34. Craft decorative paper chains out of multi-colored construction paper
  35. Do a holiday themed scavenger hunt
  36. Play charades with holiday themes
  37. Play holiday themed bingo
  38. Build a fire in the fireplace
  39. Take holiday family photos
  40. Donate your time volunteering
  41. Video chat with far away friends and family
  42. Give to a charity or donate to a toy drive
  43. Go to a hockey game
  44. Complete an activity book - try one of these activity books
  45. Take a nap and catch up on sleep
  46. Have a limbo competition using a broom handle as the limbo stick
  47. Craft a robot, car, or clubhouse by decorating oversized cardboard shipping boxes - Chewy ships dog food in giant boxes that are great for this
  48. Visit a history museum, art museum, or science center
  49. Go see a new movie - we like the theaters with recliners that allow you to reserve a seat
  50. Go to an aquarium - we enjoy the Shedd Aquarium and the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

50 Outdoor Winter Activities for Kids

Get off the couch and get ready to run. It may be cold outside, but don't let that spoil your family's fun. Follow this list of outdoor winter activities to keep your holidays cheery and bright.

  1. Have a bonfire and roast s'mores - we have found the best bonfire pit for us
  2. Build the world's tallest or maybe biggest snowman - not really, but we've been building to a minimum of 9ft for the last few years
  3. Have a snowball fight
  4. Play soccer in your yard
  5. Talk about how cold you are once you're finally outside (sarcasm)
  6. Play fetch with your dog - our dog likes the large Kong tennis balls
  7. Build a snow fort - we speed up the process using snow brick molds
  8. Play catch with a ball
  9. Go sledding or tubing - we use a giant inflatable tube
  10. Ride bikes and scooters - don't forget to wear a helmet
  11. Rake up leaves in your yard and jump in them
  12. Throw a frisbee around - we have this awesome frisbee that works great
  13. Draw holiday murals and pictures with sidewalk chalk
  14. Play with radio controlled cars - we love our RC MarioKarts, they're fast, pop wheelies, spin, and can drift sideways
  15. Launch Stomp Rockets
  16. Play tag
  17. Drive through a holiday light show
  18. Go for a scenic walk
  19. Go ice skating - skate at an outdoor rink if you get the chance
  20. Play hide and seek
  21. Go skiing
  22. Go snowboarding
  23. Play a game of bags, aka cornhole
  24. Visit the zoo - we love going to the Saint Louis Zoo especially for Boo at the Zoo (Halloween) and Wild Lights (holiday lights) events
  25. Go to a playground - be sure to bundle up
  26. Play hockey
  27. Blow bubbles
  28. Go to the botanical gardens - we enjoy going to the Missouri Botanical Garden's Garden Glow (holiday lights) event
  29. Ride the Polar Express
  30. Go four wheeling or trail riding
  31. Do a scavenger hunt
  32. Play football
  33. Rent a cabin in the mountains for the holidays
  34. Visit The Magic House
  35. Go bird watching
  36. Make snow angels
  37. Play laser tag
  38. Stargaze with a telescope - if you don't have your own, see about renting one from your local library
  39. Go snowboarding
  40. Go geocaching and find hidden treasures
  41. Take a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge
  42. Visit your local YMCA or gym
  43. Go bowling
  44. Play a round of frisbee golf
  45. Drive around and look at all the awesome holiday lights and decorations
  46. Explore the City Museum
  47. Go ice fishing
  48. Play basketball
  49. Go on a nature hike or run
  50. Attend a football game

No matter what your family celebrates at this time of year, we hope that you have a great holiday season and get to spend plenty of time with your loved ones. If you like learning about all the different holiday festivities around the globe, be sure to checkout this new flashlight book. With it, you can teach your kids all about the multicultural holidays and celebrations from around the world.

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Happy Holidays!

-Brittany the Book Lady

Brittany the Book Lady

Growing up I was first introduced to Usborne Books and More at a young age when my mom had purchased books for our family. Since then, I've fallen in love with the books and the company's mission to promote literacy throughout the country.​

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