Christmas Around the World Russia


Christmas in Russia is a special time of year. The holiday is celebrated on December 25th, but the festivities begin on December 31st and continue until January 7th. This is a time when family and friends get together to celebrate. 

If you're looking for some ideas to teach Christmas in Russia in your ESL classroom, here are a few suggestions:

  • Teach your students about the history of Christmas in Russia. 
  • Have your students make their own Russian Christmas decorations. 
  • Make a Russian Christmas tree with your students. 
  • Cook some traditional Russian Christmas foods with your students. 
  • Learn some traditional Russian Christmas carols with your students.
  • Put on a play or skit about a traditional Russian Christmas story. 
  • Go caroling around your school or neighborhood singing traditional Russian Christmas songs. 
  • Have a party in class and exchange gifts! Teach your students how to say "Merry Christmas" in Russian. 
  • Make a giant paper snowflake to hang in your classroom. Have a "white elephant" gift exchange using traditional Russian Christmas gifts. 
  • Give your students a list of Russian Christmas vocabulary words to learn.
  • Pick a December date on the Orthodox calendar.
  • Talk about how Russians celebrate Christmas.
  • Discuss what Christmas Eve and Christmas Day traditions involve.
  • mention Christmas trees and decorations.
  • Compare and contrast Christmas in Russia to Christmas in other countries.
  • Give a brief history of Christmas in Russia
  • Talk about how Christmas is celebrated in Russia today
  • Discuss some of the traditions and customs associated with Christmas in Russia
  • Share some popular Russian Christmas recipes
  • Show some pictures or videos of Russian Christmas celebrations
  • Play some Russian Christmas music
  • Have a Russian Christmas party with traditional food and activities

Overall, these are just a few ideas to help you get started teaching Christmas in Russia in the ESL classroom. The important thing is to make the material relevant and engaging for your students. By using a variety of activities, you can help your students learn about Christmas in Russia while also practicing their English skills.

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