Get in the festive spirit with well-known Christmas songs like O Tannenbaum, L’enfant au Tambour and Rudolfo el Reno de la Nariz Roja.
The run-up to Christmas is a great time to explore cultural differences by looking at how children in other countries celebrate.
Two festivals observed in mainland Europe have not made it across the Channel: St Nicholas’ Day on 6 December and the Three Kings’ Festival in early January. (Be prepared for groans when your children learn St Nicholas visits their peers overseas before Christmas Day!)
Another great festive exercise is singing Christmas carols in other languages, providing an excellent way of practising pronunciation.
The lyrics to ‘Silent Night’ are given here in French, German and Spanish. Perhaps your children could sing a multilingual version in the school’s Christmas concert.
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