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"A Louisiana Christmas Tree "


Tina Grigsby
Ruston Jr. High


"During the weeks leading up to Christmas, I wanted a unique way to celebrate it in Louisiana. Therefore, I have my students create Louisiana Christmas Tree ornaments. My students all know their Louisiana symbols, but the problem that I tend to have is that they all want to do all the same ones. So, therefore, I end up having 50 crawfish or 50 magnolias. After asking Louisiana101 for help, our ornaments my take on a new dimension."


First: I provide each student will a small piece of poster board (or they can bring their own plain Christmas ball and decorate it). Their decoration must be something dealing with Louisiana (maybe a symbol, or parish, see list ideas below). It is really very simple.

Second: I give one of my students the coveted honor of building the tree topper. Last year, one of my "favorite" students built the state capital and I used it as the topper and it was beautiful. (I am still deciding whether or not to do the capital as the topper or to try something else.) I usually take one full class period to allow them to create their ornaments for the tree.

Suggestions: Make

  • Ornaments featuring various Louisiana festivals.
  • Ornaments featuring various Louisiana cities.
  • Ornaments featuring various Louisiana sports teams.
  • Ornaments featuring various Louisiana foods.
  • Ornaments featuring various Louisiana flags.
  • Ornaments featuring various Louisiana parishes.
  • Ornaments featuring various Louisiana symbols.
  • Ornaments featuring various Louisiana styles of music.
  • Ornaments featuring famous Louisiana people.
  • Ornaments featuring historic Louisiana events.
  • Ornaments featuring various Louisiana tourist sites (homes, buildings, battlefields).
  • Ornaments featuring various Louisiana words.
Third: Give each class a different topic to give variety to the tree.
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