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St Aiden’s Homeschool

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Santa Activity Book

Book 8

Name: ____________________________________

Date: ____________________________________ © 2007 Donnette E Davis, Savannah & Clarissa 2007
Santa Claus
Is Coming To Town
You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list

And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping

He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town 2007
Santa's Prayer On Christmas Eve
By Warren D. Jennings

The sleigh was all packed, the reindeer were fed,

But Santa still knelt by the side of the bed.

"Dear Father," he prayed "Be with me tonight.

There's much work to do and my schedule is tight.

I must jump in my sleigh and streak through the sky,

Knowing full well that a reindeer can't fly.

I will visit each household before the first light,

I'll cover the world and all in one night.

With sleigh bells a-ringing, I'll land on each roof,

Amid the soft clatter of each little hoof.

To get in the house is the difficult part,

So I'll slide down the chimney of each child's heart.

My sack will hold toys to grant all their wishes.

The supply will be endless like the loaves and the fishes.

I will fill all the stockings and not leave a track.

I'll eat every cookie that is left for my snack.

I can do all these things Lord, only through You,

I just need your blessing, then it's easy to do.

All this is to honor the birth of the One,

That was sent to redeem us, Your most Holy Son.

So to all of my friends, least Your glory I rob,

Please Lord, remind them who gave me this job." The End 2007
The History
History of the Real Santa Claus

This is a portraiture of the real St. Nicholas (Santa Claus)

A long time ago, a bishop named Nicholas lived in what is now the country of
Turkey. Not a lot is known about him, but there are stories that he often helped
children who were in need.

Many years later, Nicholas was made a saint and he became the patron saint of
children. Today, December 6 (d.o.d.), is an important holiday in some countries in
Europe as well as some states in America. This day is called St. Nicks day (and
in some places in the United States, it's called stocking day.) On the night before
St. Nick's day, children put out their shoes or hang up stockings. Early next
morning, they rush to see what gifts St. Nick gave them.

In cities throughout the world, St. Nick visits towns and cities, leads parades, talks
to children, and often hands out small gifts and candy canes, wearing a red and
white robe and a hat.

St. Nick has many helpers. In many countries where English is the main language,
these helpers are called Santa's Elves.

In the Netherlands, this helper is called Black Peter.

In Germany, they are Knecht Ruprecht.
In many parts of France, the helpers are called, Père Fouettard.
In Luxembourg, they are known as Hoesecker.

In days gone by, children loved St. Nick, but were afraid of his helpers. For it was
told that it was the helpers who kept track of who had been naughty and who had
been nice. Naughty children would get coal in their stockings and may even be
carried away in the helper's bags until they learned to be good. 2007
Currently, in America, if a child is naughty during the year, Santa may leave coal
or a substance known as "snowman poop."

The poem that Santa includes with the snowman poop is: "You've been awfully
bad, so here's the scoop. All you get in your stocking is snowman poop."

If a child gets coal or snowman poop in his stocking on St. Nick's day, they do
have one more chance to behave. They must behave until Christmas Eve when if
they have been good, Santa may return their real stocking with goodies inside.

St. Nick in other countries:

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk
named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280
A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey.

Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of
many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and travelled
the countryside helping the poor and sick.

One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor
sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them
with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years,
Nicholas's popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children
and sailors.

His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of when he departed, December 6.

This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get
married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe.
Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be
discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.

"United States and Canada ~ Presents are brought by Santa Claus. He drives
through the sky in a sleigh drawn by eight reindeer; the reindeer of course are lead
by Rudolph. He slips down the chimney, leaves gifts and is on his way again.
Santa Claus wears red clothes trimmed with white fur, and has a snow-white beard
and moustache. 2007
England ~ The gift bringer is called Father Christmas. He looks much like Santa
Claus, but has a longer coat and a longer beard.

France ~ Santa is known as Père Noël.

Brazil ~ Santa Claus is called Papa Noël.

Germany ~ Children get presents from Christkindl, the Christ child.

Costa Rica, Colombia, and parts of Mexico, ~ the gift bringer is el Niño Jesus,
"the Infant Jesus."

Japan ~ Santa Kurohsu

Sweden ~ Gifts and goodies are brought by an elf called tomte. He's a
Christmas gnome who has a sleigh that is pulled by goats.

Holland ~ Sinterklaas is what the Dutch call Saint Nicholas. He arrives in the
city of Amsterdam by boat."

The End 2007
Count and Trace

1 one elf

2 two elves 2007
Count the number of Santa’s and write the number in
the box and the word on the lines.



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How Many…?
Count the pictures below and write the correct number in the box 2007
Study the picture on the right. Use
the grid below to draw Santa Claus.
Print this page a few times to practice.
Have fun!

Right 2007
Study the picture on the right. Use
the grid below to draw Santa Claus.
Print this page a few times to practice.
Have fun!

Right 2007
S is for Santa
Santa. Trace the letters below then practice writing Ss on the lines

Ss Ss
Ss Ss
Ss Ss
Ss Ss
Ss Ss
Ss Ss
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S is for Santa
Santa. Trace the word below then practice writing Santa on the lines

Santa Santa Santa

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Which two Santa’s are exactly the same? 2007
Circle all the pictures that begin with S

How many pictures did you find that being with S?

Write your answer in the box 2007
How Many Words Can You Make From the Words
“Here Comes Santa Claus”

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Find and circle all of the words from the word bank. The words can go across, down
or diagonally.

s l e i g h
a r e d i a
n t e l f t
t o g a t h
a y t s s f

Santa gifts hat toy

sleigh fat red elf 2007
Read the words in the first column below. Write the correct words on the lines.

natsa __________________


tah __________________


gsleih __________________


erd __________________


figst __________________

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Write the words below in alphabetical order

gifts reindeer chimney red

sleigh Santa letter hat

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Cut out the pictures and paste them in the blocks next to the
correct word.

Santa letter

chimney gifts

reindeer fly

fall ouch 2007
Look at the pictures in the left column. Put a cross through the picture
that does not match in the right column.

Look at all the pictures in each row. Put a cross through the picture
that you think does not fit in with the others. Why does it not fit in? 2007
Look at the pictures in the left column. Put a circle around the picture
that matches in the right column.

Can you think of a word that sounds the same as the word in the
picture? Write the words on the lines like in the example.

box fox
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There are 6 differences between the two pictures. Can you spot them all? 2007
How to Draw Santa

Here's how to draw a nice picture of Jolly Old St. Nick.

You Will Need:

• A pencil
• Some paper
• Things like crayons and markers to color him in


Draw a large circle for the body and a smaller one on top for the head.


Draw eyes, a nose, and a mouth (you can also draw a beard if you want).

3. 2007
Draw thick arms with gloves on the end.


Draw legs with shoes and socks.


Draw a santa hat and a belt (optional)


Colour in the drawing 2007
Colour Santa 2007
Cut out the shapes, paste them onto cardstock to
create and colour Santa





Draw Santa’s face, perhaps you can draw his sack of toys. Have fun! 2007
How to Write a Letter from Santa
Have you ever wanted to do something cool with the kids over the holiday season?
Now is your chance... Create a custom letter with common household items that
your kids will adore, and think came from the big guy himself.

In seven easy steps you can create a custom letter that looks like it came straight
from the North Pole.


1. Gather materials: Tea bag, paper (kind does not matter, regular copy
paper works fine), any piece of ribbon you have, a small bowl and some hot

2. Start making tea with the tea bag and water, once the water is a dark tan
color (50% tea) take the tea bag and drag it over your paper. While
dragging it over the paper notice the design you are making and continue
until satisfied with what you have.

3. Once done covering the paper with tea; set the paper aside and let it dry,
while drying the paper will curl and get wavy... Don’t worry that’s what we
are looking for!!!

4. Once the paper has dried, you are ready to print your letter. Place it in
your printer (a home inkjet printer works great for this) and get ready to

5. Print the Santa Letter and personalize it (i.e. who the letter is to, whether
they are a Boy or Girl, what town you live in, and the child’s name as the

6. Roll up the letter and tie the ribbon around it to making it look like it has
been hand delivered. 2007
7. Voila. A custom letter from Santa.


Ideas for Places to put the letter you make:

Since you have the letter, and it is that time of the year, you might consider
placing the rolled up letter somewhere the person you made it for will find it... Try
on the stairs of your home, maybe where you put your shoes on, or deliver it
directly like it came hand delivered.

Another idea could be to start a family tradition and hide the letter for a game of
hide-and-seek. Maybe hide the letter and get them to look for it because you
know Santa’s helper was there checking up on them... Where could it be?

Things You’
You’ll Need:

• A tea bag (any brand),

• some paper (kind does not matter, regular copy paper works fine);
• any piece of ribbon (only about 6 inches);
• a small bowl (something to hold a little water);
• and some hot water (from the faucet is fine). 2007
How to Write a Letter to Santa Claus

All over the world children write letters to Santa Claus, letting him know what they would like for
Christmas. Here are some tips for writing a really good letter.

1. Choose some nice paper and a pen or a pencil which you can write neatly with. We have
included some in this activity book.

2. Start by writing your address in the top right hand corner of the page. Do this carefully
so that Santa will know where to find you. Begin your letter, Dear Santa Claus, and
then in your first paragraph, it is always a good idea to say a little about yourself. Tell
Santa that you have been really good and give an example of something nice you have
done to be good or helpful recently.

3. Thank Santa for the gifts you got last year unless you sent him a thank you letter at the
time. Next tell Santa what you would like for Christmas and why. Keep your list short and
really think about what you would like. If you want Santa to bring things for your family
also, then also make sure you mention it.

4. Finish your letter by sending your love to the reindeer.

5. Sign your first name only at the bottom and put your letter in an envelope. Address your
letter to: Santa Claus, The North Pole.

6. Give it to an adult, so that they can take it to the post office to mail.


Write a practice letter first. Use a capital letter for the first letter of a name . Check your
spelling . Clip a sheet of guidelines under the letter while you write it, so that your writing will be
nice and straight. Your local post office usually has a drop-box just for letters to Santa! Look
for it anywhere from Mid-November to Early December.


Do not send a letter with a child's personal details to an unknown destination! 2007
How to Make Food for Santa's
This is a recipe for the parents of those little youngsters who love to feed Santa's
Reindeer. While they leave the cookies for Santa, they can do the same for the
Reindeer. Why not get them a soft cuddly reindeer and place it on the table, so
they would not be frightened at the thought of a huge reindeer coming down the


1. Crush a candy cane and mix it with the oatmeal, Cheerios, carrots, and
horse oats. Then buy milk chocolate truffles and melt them in the microwave
or in a pot on the stove. Be sure that if the child is doing this, that you keep
watch at all times.

2. Then pour the chocolate in a cup of milk and stir.

3. Add this to the reindeer food so that it makes a nice syrupy cereal.

4. Make sure they close their eyes, and think of something special. Tell them
it is just like when they make a wish when they blow out their birthday

5. Have them put it in a bowl by a tree.

6. Hug and laugh with them. Tell them they just have fed the reindeer special


If they are concerned about wild animals eating the "reindeer food" and becoming
sick, simply put the food in a bowl next to Santa's cookies and milk. Tell your kids 2007
that Santa will bring the food up to his reindeer. Make sure "Santa" takes the
reindeer food and cookies.

Consider mixing together the oats, carrots, Cheerios and oatmeal (omit the candy
cane, milk and chocolate) and then have your child scatter the food outside or
place it on the back porch (use an old pie tin to contain the food if you wish). This
way the reindeer food does not go to waste (wild animals benefit instead). When
your child is older and wants to know why you went through the trouble of making
reindeer food, you can explain there was a purpose behind it (feeding the
aforementioned wild animals).


DO NOT let your pet eat the reindeer food! Chocolate is TOXIC to dogs
and cats!

Things You’
You’ll Need

• Plain, dry oatmeal

• Plain Cheerios
• Candy cane
• Carrots
• Horse oats
• Plastic bag
• Chocolate 2007
Draw a line between the picture and correct word





wreath 2007
Enjoy the Christmas holiday with some fun free
party games and activities.
Acrostic Poems

An Acrostic poem provided a simple framework to write a poem. The

first letter of each line of the poem starts with the letter running down
the page:

For all Christmas

Usually is the
Nicest of times.

See if you can write one using the following written down the page:
Snowman, Merry Christmas, Santa Claus, White Christmas, Father
Christmas, Saint Nicholas and other words you can think of. 2007
Chinese Whispers

Get at least 6-8 friends (preferably more). One person writes a message
about Christmas. At least 3 sentences. S/he then places this in an
envelope. S/he then passes message to next person, and so on. The final
person has to relay the message. Check envelope to see if the message is
the same.

Treasure Hunt

Children have to find Christmassy treasures, like mince pies, or bon bons.
An organizer makes up a series of clues, and gives players the first clue.
This could be "Go to the place where a lot is spoken." (telephone). At this
place there is a clue for the next clue and so until the treasure is found.

Carol singing from house to house

Before the modern postal system, Carols were one of the only methods of
sending a Christmas greeting to somebody else. It is still a very popular
custom in many countries.
Get your Mom and Dad's permission. Ring people's door bells, or knock
only once. Give good value, by singing more than one - but do not overstay!
If somebody gives you money for your performance, make sure you say
"Merry Christmas" and "Thankyou." Make a lantern out of cardboard,
with a battery operate torch inside. This will have good effect on their

Family Reading

Either on Christmas Eve, or a few days before have a family reading -

uncles, aunts, cousins, family friends and everyone must read at least one
favorite poem, story or passage from the bible. This includes the dog and
cat (somebody can read an extra one for them).

Make a Manger

Find a large cardboard box and some scissors and glue. Get some straw,
and branches for the floor. Then using pipecleaner and plasticine make the
Nativity figures. 2007

Write your own Christmas play.

Write down the cast: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and Angel, shepherds, 3 Wise
Costumes: Use sheets and blankets. Get gold cardboard for kings.

Alternatively, you could make one with Santa Claus, Rudolph and Frosty
- maybe they get lost, maybe Rudolph gets drunk on whisky left out, or it is
raining hard.
This play could be videotaped into a movie which could be played for many
years to come, even when the children have their children!

Capture the star

In Alaska people play a Christmas game where they dress up as the Three
Kings and their servants and carry a star from house to house singing
carols. Other children dress up as Herod's soldiers and try to capture the


In Victorian times, before television and the Internet, no Christmas Day

was complete without a game of charades. This involves acting out words or
phrases and the others have to guess.

Pass the Parcel

Get some small Christmassy gift. Maybe mince pies, little toys, little teddy
bears. Wrap them up. Seat at least 5-6 people in a circle. Play some music,
as the music is playing pass the parcel. A blindfolded person should then
stop the music at random. The person with the present when the music
stops wins the present.

Movie Poster

Imagine that there has been a movie made of Santa's epic journey from the
North Pole. Select the actor you would like to play Santa - maybe Tom 2007
Cruise, Marlon Brando? Draw up some pictures and also write how many
stars you would give the movie, what it is about, and the rating, ie General.

Tongue Twister

Tongue Twister: (repeat 20 times really fast)

Snow slows Santa's sled.

Round Song

At least 12 people sit in a circle. Take turns in singing a verse of The

Twelve Days Of Christmas. Each person had to add a new line and
remember all that went before. When someone makes a mistake they are
out. Keep going on and on, until there is one person left. This person wins
a prize.


Meaning Christmas box is a game where people go about the

different houses at night, ring the bell, throw in a parcel when the
door is opened and dash away before being recognized. The
present is disguized in lots of paper or sometimes just a clue is
left as to the whereabouts of the present. The longer it takes to
work out the giver or where the gift is hidden the better has been
the Julklapp.
Julklapp 2007
12 Days of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves 2007
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Ten lords a leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a milking, 2007
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas

my true love sent to me:
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a milking,
Seven swans a swimming,
Six geese a laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French Hens,
Two turtle doves
And a Partridge in a pear tree. 2007
Santa Tic-

Fun, easy, and perfect for young children! Let them pair up and play as many
times as they want, or challenge them to a playoff where winners play winners until
only one is left standing! With reusable chips, just clear the board when you're
done…and this game could last all day!

Time to play: 2 minutes

Players: play in pairs
Winners: 1 per pair

How to Play: Play in pairs. Just like traditional tic-tac-toe, each player takes a
turn to place a single chip, trying to get 3 in a row. Print the tokens onto cardstock and
the board (on next page) and laminate for protection, or place in plastic sleeve for protection. 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007 2007
Help the Reindeer Get to Santa 2007
Help Santa Get To The Next House 2007
Make an Origami SantaOrnaments

Origami, the traditional Japanese paper-folding craft, are colorful,

inexpensive, and easy to make. You only need a few materials - a box of
slightly shiny, lightweight origami paper, string, white glue, and scraps of
colored tag board or paper.

To make the Santa, we used an 8 inch square of paper and folded it as

shown in the drawing below. Complete the Santa by adding a beard, trim,
and hanger. You can secure the arms with glue, if necessary.

For the tree, use a 5 inch square and fold as for the Santa; stop when
you have the triangle in the fourth step. Take two horizontal tucks to give
a tiered effect. Glue on a tag board star, a hanger, and tiny ornaments
made of contrasting origami paper.

To make the reindeer, start with a 6 inch square of paper and follow the
folding instructions. Cut antlers from tag board and glue on.

Make the bell by folding a 7 inch square according to the drawing. Finish
the bell by separating the points at the top and fold them down each side
of the bell; secure with glue. Invert the figure and glue a clapper into the
opening and a handle on top.

Fig 1 : Cheerful origami ornaments are cleverly folded, then decorated

with your individual touches. 2007
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