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Monday, December 16, 2013
Here is a picture of the “Lamingtons” courtesy of “Merry Christmas Everywhere”
“Greetings: Happy or
As Early Childhood educators it is always important to know
a little about other countries and how they celebrate different holidays.
So I have devoted this month’s blog as an opportunity to
discuss a little about how different countries celebrate Christmas. And provide
some projects that you can do with your students from the book “Merry Christmas
Everywhere!” By Arlene Erlbach with Herb Erlbach.
The information given in this blog covers a little about how
Australia celebrates Christmas, but does not cover their entire holiday
In Australia, it is usually the end of the school year and
time for summer break, so instead of the Christmas shopping in coats, scarves
and hats, as we do in America they would be shopping in shorts and t-shirts.
Based on the book “They might have their Christmas dinner at
a picnic on the beach or at a barbecue in their yard. And because of the warm weather, children
might leave a glass of lemonade out for Santa; instead of Cookies and milk as
we do in America, they might also serve cakes called Lamingtons.”
A traditional dinner might consist of turkey, ham, pork and
Christmas plum pudding.
Since Australia is so diverse with other cultures, you might
see Christmas decorations or Christmas bushes which are native plants with red
The book “Merry Christmas Everywhere,” has provided the
recipe for the cakes, called Lamingtons.
You will need:
·One 9-ounce box of yellow cake mix
·One 8- by
8-inch (20- by 20-cm) square cake pan
·A knife to spread the frosting
1. Bake the
cake according to package instructions
2.Let cake cool
3.Cut cake into squares
4.Frost the top and sides of the cake squares with
5.Cover the top and the sides of the frosted cake
squares with coconut.
Try this recipe with your students, and then discuss how the
weather is so different in Australia in opposed to the weather in the state
where you live, talk about the Christmas cakes and then let the students’ help
you make them. Send them home with a note letting your parents know what you