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Sharing Christmas stories
This is the time of year for some seasonal activities. Though most Thais are Buddhists, many are curious about some of the traditions of Christmas, just as many Christians are interested in Buddhism. So today’s trivia and activities can be a chance to learn something to test your Christian friends. See if they know what you will learn here.
Teachers: This is an activity that can produce some decoration for your classroom, as well as some new language and conversation about Christmas traditions.
You might want to start the lesson by asking students what they know about hanging Christmas stockings and why there is sometimes a star on top of a Christmas tree.
You should explain that many Christmas traditions have their origins in pre-Christian or non-Christian practices of early people. So students will need to know that the Druids were priests of an ancient religion of Ireland and Wales; that pagan in this context means non-Christian; and that the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.
Have students work in small groups and give each group one of the stories. The story of the Christmas Star is longer and has several parts so you may want to have two groups divide up that story. Each group can then make an illustration of their story with the information briefly summarised in written points and drawings.
For an alternate activity with a more advance class, you might also consider using the stories as a group and regroup activity creating an information gap. Each original group would read one story together. Then regroup the class so that new groups are formed with each student in the new group having a different story to share.
Students: Here’s what to do: Your teacher will give you a short story about some Christmas custom or symbol to read in your group. Read the story and talk together about how you could make a poster to illustrate it. You will need to have pictures on your poster, of course. Also summarise the ideas in your story in a few brief written points and drawings.
Note: There is more trivia – all about turkeys – in this week’s feature focus on page 5 here in learning post.
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