It is often difficult to get students to think about school during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Funnel that excitement into their schoolwork by conducting holiday activities in the classroom. Spanish class offers an opportunity to provide a different, more worldly perspective on Christmas.
Provide inexpensive Christmas cards or allow the students to make their own with construction paper, markers and stickers. Instruct them to write messages, in Spanish, to a teacher, friend or family member. This project is appropriate for high school Spanish classes, as students learn to put together complete sentences. If the cards are for teachers, have students deliver them to the teachers' mailboxes later in the day.
Bring in recordings of Christmas songs in Spanish. They can be traditional English songs translated and sung in Spanish, or songs from Spanish-speaking countries. Have the students sing along in Spanish. Print out the lyrics for each student, or display them on an overhead projector.
Have each student choose their favorite Christmas song — or "Twas the Night Before Christmas" or the story of the birth of Christ from the Bible — and translate it into Spanish. Translate the longer works together as a class, then read each one out loud to the class.
Have the students research different Christmas customs and traditions from Spanish-speaking nations. Learn about how they refer to Santa Claus, what the traditional holiday food is and whether they hang stockings by the chimney. Instruct students to write a report in Spanish, then deliver it to the class. Have discussions about the different customs, and explore questions such as, would the students enjoy spending a Christmas with these traditions, instead of their own?