Teaching about winter and holiday traditions around the world is a wonderful way for our students to learn about different cultures and the unique holiday customs in other countries. Swedish Christmas traditions are unique and fun to share with your students! In this post, I’ll share fun facts and crafts, activities, teaching ideas and even lesson plans for your students to learn about:
- St. Lucia Day
- The Swedish Santa
- Christmas Eve Julbord
- The Swedish Yule Goat
Swedish Christmas Traditions
The Swedish Santa Claus
In Sweden, Jultomten, or the Tomten, is the holiday give-giver. He is a mischievous gnome who lives in the forest and protects farmers and their animals. His sleigh is pulled by the Christmas goat as he delivers gifts to all the children.
The Swedish Yule Goat
The Yule Bakken, or Yule goat is a favorite holiday symbol in Sweden. Children love him because he represents the goat that pulls Tomten’s sleigh, much like Rudolph in America.
Christmas in Sweden PowerPoint
Take your students on a virtual field to learn about some of the special events and holiday traditions in Sweden. This ready-to-use Christmas in Sweden teaching PowerPoint is the one I use to teach about holiday foods, the Swedish Santa Clause, special celebrations, and many more Swedish Christmas traditions.
Filled with captivating photos showing Swedish holiday foods, special events, and celebrations, your students will love learning all about Sweden at Christmastime.
St. Lucia’s Day
Christmas in Sweden begins December 13 with ST. Lucia Day. Lucia is said to be the bearer of light during the long Swedish winters. To honor her, the oldest daughter dresses up in a long white dress and wears a crown of lingonberry leaves and candles.
💡Try this classroom idea: Learn more about lingonberries! Watch this video to see lingonberries being harvested. You might even bring in some lingonberry jelly for your students to taste!
Swedish Christmas Markets
Christmas in Sweden: Gammelstad Christmas Market
Make A Tomten Craft
If your students are “traveling” around the world, have them write a postcard to their families! This Tomten postcard craft is part of the holiday traditions in Sweden lessons we do during our holidays around the world unit.
Our students travel to different classrooms to learn about the unique customs and holiday traditions in countries around the world.
They make postcard crafts for each country before stamping their passport and departing! See more of how we do it in my classroom and all the magical ways to teach holidays around the world.
💡Try this classroom idea: Make a Tomten ornament! Make the Tomten craft above and instead of gluing it to a postcard template, make an ornament by punching a hole at the top and tying yarn through.
Christmas in Sweden Lesson Plans
Learn much more about Christmas in Sweden with an entire week of activities, teaching slides, a fun suitcase folder, and passport with these Holidays Around the World lesson plans!
I’ve created a complete unit for teaching winter and Christmas holiday traditions in Sweden and 13 other countries. Each country has detailed, scripted lesson plans with related books and videos, boarding passes, a teaching PowerPoint with actual photos of the countries, and even a short quiz as an exit ticket before students depart! (they make it super easy to take a quick grade!)
Holidays Around the World unit (source)
Christmas in Sweden Reading Comprehension
Add comprehension practice with leveled passages about holiday traditions in Sweden! These passages also include a digital version that you can project on your whiteboard and use during a lesson or make it a partner activity during your literacy center time.
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Holidays Around the World Math Games
💡Try this classroom idea: Set up holiday-themed math centers around the room so students can “travel” to different countries and practice math skills!
With these holiday math centers, (available in three grade levels) students carry a “math passport” and stamp it when they finish the game at each country’s table. Pictured is the 2nd grade Sweden game to practice subtraction.
For a fun and festive day with your students, use the games for a math-around-the-world holiday party! This post has holiday math party ideas that you can do in your own classroom!
Books About Christmas in Sweden
Now that you know about holiday traditions in Sweden, let’s talk about holiday traditions for your classroom! Here are 10 holiday classroom traditions to start this year that your students will love! (And I really do mean it!)
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