Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America Unit Study


December is the perfect time to step back a little from rigorous schoolwork and enjoy a family unit study. Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America Unit Study takes you back in time to discover the customs, songs, decorations, and food of the Colonial era of American History. You will love “doing school” that includes decorating the Christmas tree, making eggnog, creating crafts that you can give as Christmas gifts, and learning a ton about Colonial Times. Best of all, the whole family gets to learn together!


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Looking for a unit study for December that the whole family will enjoy?

Dig deeper into America’s Colonial era. 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.

Here are all the different activities broken down by subject.


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?
  • 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 Colonial family
  • Listen to Handel’s “Messiah”
  • Sing Christmas carols
  • Discuss “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God”
  • Illustrate Christmas booklet


  • Lots of cooking & baking (Hard Tack, Wassail, Eggnog, Syllabub, Hasty Pudding, Amish Pork & Sauerkraut, Moravian Love Feast Buns, George’s Favorite Hot Chocolate, Martha’s Fruitcake, and more! )
  • Core & dry apples
  • Menu planning & shopping
  • Fix a Colonial meal
  • Polish silver
  • Set table Colonial style
  • Decorate Christmas tree
  • Wrap presents
  • Set 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
  • Create display table


  • Colonial meal for family
  • Make Christmas gift list and shop
  • Invite another family to dinner
  • Plate of cookies to neighbors
  • Tea or Airsoft Party

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”

You will need to borrow or purchase the following materials for this course: 

  • 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
  • And a book of your choice (set in Colonial Times) to read aloud (several options are given in the unit study)


Purchase the Print Book, Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America Unit Study, on Amazon.com.


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