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Santa on a speedboat or surfboard instead of a sleigh? December is warm in much of the world. Design holiday cards to fit the season—and the climate!
Ask students to think about holidays they celebrate and connect them with the seasons and types of weather typically experienced on those holidays. When you think of Christmas, do you think of snow, sleighs, and hot cocoa? In many parts of the world, including Florida, Brazil, and Australia, Christmas and related December holidays are just as festive, but they are celebrated with a slightly different twist because it's warm! In the Southern Hemisphere, December is summer. Compare and contrast the climates in these two seasons.
Using a world map, have students identify countries found in the southern hemisphere. List those countries on a classroom white board using Crayola Dry Erase Markers. What is the climate is like on Christmas Day in these areas? How is it similar or different from students' home country?
Invite students to investigatge how people living in warm climates celebrate Christmas. How does Santa Claus dress for a balmy or steamy Christmas? In shorts and a muscle shirt? Does he get around in speedboat or on a surfboard? An Australian song states that, instead of reindeer, large kangaroos pull Santa's sleigh.
Encourage students to create a visual art that depicts Santa and the celebration of Christmas in a warm climate. Fold construction paper into a card. Sketch holiday greetings from or to Australia or another warm-weather location with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils or Washable Markers. Write a holiday message and create holiday illustrations on both the outside and inside of the card.
Provide an opportunity for students to share their "warm weather" holiday cards with classmates.
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