[Advent & Christmas eResources] Joy to the World (eResource): International Christmas Crafts and Customs

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International Christmas Crafts and Customs

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This book is filled with activities designed to develop an awareness of and an appreciation for the contributions of the peoples of all lands and races to the celebration of Christmas sharing customs and crafts from many lands. Covering twelve countries, this resource can be used in homes, school, or church for the twelve days of Christmas or to have a grand Christmas festival with multiple country stations. 

Each chapter provides background about the country, a collage, ornament, flag garland, flag mobile, Christmas greetings in paper chains, woven wall hangings or ribbon banners. Customs are described along with that country's creche, along with cards, crafts, carols, and stories from each country. A wealth of ideas and information that you can use again and again to celebrate Christmas.

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Format: eResource
Product code: LR104
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 159 pages
The Pastoral Center / LeaderResources
Written by Phyllis Vos Wezeman and Jude Dennis Fournier


As a religious educator, Phyllis Wezeman has served as Director of Christian Nurture at a downtown congregation in South Bend, Indiana, Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center of Michiana, and Program Coordinator for ecumenical and interfaith organizations in Indiana and Michigan.

In academics, Phyllis has been Adjunct Faculty in the Education Department at Indiana University South Bend and in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an Honorary Professor of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University of Pedagogical Art where she taught methods courses. She has also been guest lecturer at the Shanghai Teachers College in China.

As founder of the not-for-profit Malawi Matters, Inc., she develops and directs HIV & AIDS Education programs with thousands of volunteers in nearly 200 villages in Malawi, Africa including “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education,” “Culture & HIV-AIDS,” and “Equipping Women/Empowering Girls.”

Author or co-author of over 1,950 articles and books, she has written for over 80 publishers.

Phyllis served as President of Active Learning Associates, Inc. and as a consultant or board member to numerous organizations such as the American Bible Society, Church World Service, and the Peace Child Foundation; leader of a youth exchange program to Russia and the Ukraine; and Project Director for four Lilly Worship Renewal grants. She is the recipient of three Distinguished Alumni Awards and recipient of the Aggiornamento Award from the Catholic Library Association.

Wezeman holds undergraduate degrees in Business, Communications, and General Studies and an MS in Education from Indiana University South Bend.

Phyllis and her husband Ken (who met when they were in second and third grade in elementary school) have three children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

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