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While many great Advent and Christmas traditions exist, some families seek new ideas and ways to celebrate the holiday season together.
Exploring other cultures is a new way to experience the Christmas season as a family. It might take a little planning, but sharing new traditions and learning is a great way to connect as a family and bring diverse conversations to your home.
These could be countries you’ve traveled to or want to visit. Countries you have a family connection to or countries represented by the neighbors in your community. The goal is to find exciting places to explore together as you learn more about other cultures.
Since there are four weeks in December or four weeks from Thanksgiving to Christmas, exploring one country each week lets you deep dive into their cultural experiences and not overwhelm your family with other traditional activities.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to remember is to have fun and make special memories with your family! You never know what new traditions you might establish or how a practice like this can shape your family.
Repeat the following five weekly activities as you explore your four countries.
You could even use this research night and partner with other families, especially using it as a homeschool project, who are sharing this experience. Each Sunday or Monday night, you could get together, and the kids make a report on what you learned about the country. Take turns doing the research. Keep it easy on yourself!
Countries like England, Germany, Italy, China, Mexico, or Japan may be your first thought. But don’t overlook El Salvador, Venezuela, Sweden, Peru, France, Ethiopia or Brazil. Many restaurants in these ethnic cuisines exist across Arkansas and would be easy access from your hometown.
Check out our Only in Arkansas food posts for ideas of our favorite ethnic restaurant experiences in Arkansas and recipes from the First Security Bank Cookbook.
Share with us how your family participates in this activity. For example, use #OIAChristmas or share your pictures in the Only in Arkansas group on Facebook. We hope your family makes incredible memories as you explore other cultures together.
Photos courtesy of Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.
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such a fun homeschool idea and way to mix up the holiday celebration. We have so many cultural things around here, can’t wait to decide on our countries.
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