20+ Ideas for Creative Christmas Homeschooling in December

Homeschooling in December can be rough. We all need a bit of a break from the monotony of the regular homeschooling schedule, don’t we? Some people choose to take the entire month off to focus on the preparations of Christmas and turning the hearts of their children toward the One that Christmas is all about.

I’ve found several ways over the years to accomplish both homeschooling and Christmas preparations – all turning the hearts of my children toward Christ.

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Creative Homeschooling in December

In this post, I’ve rounded up all those homeschooling in December ideas from the last several years for you. I hope you find something that will be just perfect for your Christmas schooling!

Creative Christmas Studies

During these two or three weeks just before Christmas, the textbooks are often replaced with practical, real-life things such as menu planning, couponing, baking, party planning and decorating, shopping for presents on a budget, crafting homemade gifts, addressing Christmas cards, practicing for plays and musicals at church, and more. We spend extra time fitting in service opportunities, too.

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We also replace our daily Bible routine with one that prepares our hearts to celebrate the birth of Christ. There are so many different Bible schedules and Christmas devotions readily available, even some with learning activities! I’ll mention just a few to get you started. We love completing a Jesse Tree and have done this several different years. We have also completed several themed studies relating to Advent, the Symbols of Christmas, and the Names of Jesus.

Ideas for creative homeschooling in December. #Christmas #homeschooling

We have used and loved each of these to get our devotional time going on the right track, too!

The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday TraditionsNature Through the Holidays: AdventUnwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas


December Nature Study

One year, we devoted the entire month from Thanksgiving through Christmas to nature study. A whole chilly month? Yes! Bible, science, and so much more can be accomplished through a thematic focus on Christmas nature study!

Christmas Nature Study Ideas Galore

Of course, if an entire month of Christmas nature study seems like too much, you can always cut that down to once a week or less. With the hustle and bustle of December activities, it’s always nice to get some fresh air and exercise to clear the mind. Nature study is a guilt-free way to run away from the madness and check boxes off in your lesson plan book.

Other Homeschooling in December Activities

Some other fun Christmas activities we’ve done include:

December Reading

We’re suckers for good literature.  Our very favorite Christmas series is written by Arnold Ytreeide and includes four books (you read one book per year) with readings every day of December leading up to Christmas day.  If you are new to this series, I would read them in the following order: Jotham’s Journey, Bartholomew’s PassageTabitha’s Travels and Ishtar’s Odyssey.

Jotham's Journey: A Storybook for Advent (Storybooks for Advent)Bartholomew's Passage: A Family Story for Advent (Storybooks for Advent)Tabitha's Travels: A Family Story for Advent (Storybooks for Advent)Ishtar's Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent (Storybooks for Advent)


Other Favorite Christmas Books

We have a giant stack of Christmas picture books that I love to wrap individually before the Christmas season begins. We choose one book to unwrap and read aloud each day leading up to Christmas. It’s such a treat opening a a surprise book each morning – even though these books have been read over and over again through the years.

These are some of the most beloved from our stash. We have other favorites you’ll want to check out, too!

One Wintry NightThe Christmas Miracle of Jonathan ToomeyThe Story of Holly and IvyThe Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (Picture Puffin Books)The Crippled LambSilver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas StoryThe Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (Picture Puffin Books)An Orange for FrankieChristmas TapestryGifts of the HeartThe Little Match GirlThe Baker's DozenHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)The Legend of the Candy Cane by Walburg, Lori (1997) HardcoverLegend of the Christmas StockingThe Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas GivingLegend of the Christmas Tree, TheCranberry Christmas (Cranberryport)The Legend of the PoinsettiaThe Wild Christmas ReindeerChristmas TrollsChristmas Without A Tree (Merry Christmas)Night Tree


Oodles of Christmas Ideas

Just in case this post hasn’t quite hit the nail on the head with Christmas school options, you might enjoy my Christmas Pinterest board.

Christmas Experiments

Christmas Gift Ideas

Besides homeschooling in December, I’m always busy with gift buying, too. I have some posts full of potential Christmas gift ideas that might come in handy for you.





Do you have Christmas school in your homeschool? Please share your favorite resources or things to do!  I love new ideas!

Looking for a unique Christmas study this December? You'll love Nature Study Through the Holidays: Advent!

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  1. Robin Guertin says:

    These ideas look great, I just wish someone could come up with something similar for high school students. We could use a break like this! Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. These are fantastic! Thank you for all the Christmas-school ideas!

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