Surfin' Santa Card


Santa on a speedboat or surfboard instead of a sleigh? December is warm in much of the world. Design holiday cards to fit the season—and the climate!


1. When you think of Christmas, do you think of snow, sleighs, and hot cocoa? In many parts of the world, including Florida, Brazil, and Australia, Christmas and related December holidays are just as festive, but they are celebrated with a slightly different twist because it's warm! In the Southern Hemisphere, December is summer.

2. Locate areas around the world that are close to the equator. Which countries are located in the Southern Hemisphere? What do you think the climate is like on Christmas Day in these areas?

3. Find out how people living in warm climates celebrate Christmas. How do you think Santa Claus dresses for a balmy or steamy Christmas? In shorts and a muscle shirt? Does he get around in speedboat or on a surfboard? An Australian song states that, instead of reindeer, large kangaroos pull Santa's sleigh.

4. Fold paper into a card. Sketch your holiday greetings from or to Australia or another warm-weather location with Crayola® Colored Pencils or Color Sticks. Write your message and draw on the outside and inside of the card.

5. Have a Merry Christmas—wherever you are!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.


  • The smells of Australian Christmases are distinctive. Think sand and seawater. The eucalyptus tree is an alternative to pine trees, which have to be imported or are artificial. Smell a sprigs of eucalyptus from a floral or craft store to recreate an Australian-style holiday for your nose.
  • Find out about and make foods that Australians eat during the "Run-Up to Christmas," such as Lamingtons, Pavlova, and plum pudding. Would you want to spend a summer day in a hot kitchen cooking a turkey or ham?
  • Learn about warm-weather sports that are played on the day after Christmas, which is Boxing Day.

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crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Sketchbook
  • Color Sticks™ Colored Pencils



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students explore December climates in Southern and Northern Hemispheres, including areas close to the equator.

  • Students research how Christmas is celebrated in warm climates.

  • Students create greeting cards to express their understanding of winter holiday traditions in warm areas.


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