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 Looking for a unit study for December that the whole family will enjoy?  This four week unit study is set in Colonial times. 

In Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America, learn how they celebrated Christmas in Colonial Days!  With hospitality devotions to start each day and information about Colonial Times to read aloud, your children will be learning about history and God's Word!  With suggestions for family read aloud fun and hands-on activities, this book is filled with craft, recipe, and project ideas to make Colonial Times come alive.  Make Christmas presents and make Christmas cards with feather pens and berry ink!  Set a table Colonial style with a handmade centerpiece!  Learn about life at sea! This unit ends with a Christmas Tea or French & Indian War Airsoft party, depending on your children's interest! 

We have enjoyed doing Christmas unit studies in December, taking a little break from our more rigorous year.  Hope you enjoy this unit study too! (plp1250)

 Recipes to Make in this Unit Study!

  •  Hard Tack
  • Clam Chowder
  • Scurvy Prevention Citrus Cups
  • Squanto Garden Dessert
  • Wassail
  • Eggnog
  • Cranberry Bread
  • Christmas Cranberry Chicken
  • Syllabub
  • Hasty Pudding
  • German Sauerkraut
  • Amish Pork & Sauerkraut
  • Moravian Love Feast Buns
  • Pennsylvania Duetsch Butter Cookies
  • Moravian Christmas Cookies
  • Amish Shoo Fly Pie
  • St. Lucia Buns
  • Pepparkakor Cookies (Swedish)
  • George Washington's Favorite Hot Chocolate
  • Martha Washington's Candies
  • Martha Washington's Fruit Cake

Books & Materials Needed in this Unit Study:

  •  Made for Trade  (Board Game)
  • Music CD Handel's Messiah
  • ...If You Lived in Colonial Times by Ann Mc Govern; Scholastic; New York, 1992
  • ...If You Grew up with George Washington  by Ruth Belov Gross, Scholastic, New York
  • ...If You Lived in Williamsburg in Colonial Days by Barbara Brenner, (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation), Scholastic, New York

Christmas Activity

Day of Unit Study

Christmas Music

Day 6, Day 7, Day 9

Making Christmas  Ornaments

Day 2, Day 9, Day 10

Wrapping Christmas Presents

Day 10

Making Christmas Gifts

Day 9, Day 10, Day 17, Day 18

Baking Christmas Cookies

Day 4, Day 10

Baking Christmas Treats

Day 7, Day 9, Day 10, Day 12, Day 19, Day 20

Decorating House & Tree for Christmas

Day 6

Setting up Nativity Scene

Day 11

Hospitality/Having People Over

Day 9, Day 20


Hospitality Devotions


  •  Christmas Celebrations in Colonial America
  •  Jamestown
  • Plymouth
  • Sea Travel
  • Education
  • Daily Life
  • Virginia
  • New England
  • Moravians
  • Huguenots
  • Swedish Lutherans
  • Great Awakening
  • French & Indian War
  • Trades
  • George & Martha Washington

 Geography & Science

  •  Label map of 13 colonies
  • Pineapples
  • Cranberries


  •  Dictations/Copying
  • Sea Life vocabulary
  • What would you take to sea? Assgnt
  • Letter to Pastor John
  • Write a Hymn
  • Gift Wit and Rhymes
  • Huguenot Diary
  • Trade  Report
  • Write Story set in Colonial America
  • Write Colonial Christmas Booklet


  •  Make & Illustrate Timeline
  • Pilgrim Paintings
  • Draw Picture of Colonial Family
  • Listen to Handel's Messiah
  • Sing Christmas Carols
  • Discuss Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God
  • Photograph projects
  • Illustrate Christmas Booklet


  •  Lots of Cooking & Baking (see recipes below)
  • Core & dry Apples
  • Menu Planning & Shopping
  • Fix a Colonial Meal
  • Polish Silver
  • Set Table Colonial Style
  • Decorate Christmas Tree
  • Wrapping Presents
  • Setting up Nativity Scene
  • Plan End-of-Unit Party


  •  Play Made for Trade
  • Make a Pomander Ball
  • Make a Compass
  • Identify Parts of a Ship
  • Plant Corn like Pilgrims
  • Make "Parchment" Paper
  • Make Berry Ink
  • Make Quill Pen
  • Make a Horn Book
  • Make Fruit Pyramid
  • Decorate House Colonial Style
  • Make Pineapple Centerpiece
  • Make  Christmas Wreaths
  • Straw Ornaments
  • French Minuet
  • English Country Dance
  • Make Colonial Architecture & Furniture Poster
  • Make Oatmeal Box Cradle
  • Act out French & Indian War & Videotape
  • Make Display Table


  •  Colonial Meal for Family
  • Make Christmas Gift List & Shop
  • Invite Another Family to Dinner
  • Plate of Cookies to Neighbors
  • Tea or Airsoft Party

 Virtual Field Trips

  •  Jamestown
  • Several related to Pilgrims
  • Sturbridge Village
  • Williamsburg
  • Mt. Vernon

Bonus: Historic Documents

  • Mayflower Compact
  • Constitution of Connecticut
  • Declaration of Independence

Bonus: Colonial Christmas Carols

  • The Snow Lay on the Ground
  • The First Noel
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Coventry Carol
  • Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
  • Joy to the World
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • I Saw Three Ships



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Heart o. t. M. T. [Featured Reviewer]
April 17th, 2010
If you are looking for a way to continue schooling through the busy Christmas season, then Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America just might be the answer. Broken down into 20 day-by-day lessons, this 179-page download lets the family explore American [...]
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