2015 Advent Calendar: Day 182 minute read

Key Stage 1 Puzzle Of The Day

On Christmas day, some families eat Christmas pudding. This can be made some time before it is eaten. Sometimes a coin can be hidden in the pudding.

day 18 pudding

Here is a list of ingredients:

  • 50g blanched almonds
  • 2 large Bramley cooking apples
  • 200g box candied peel (in large pieces)
  • 1 whole nutmeg (you’ll use three-quarters of it)
  • 1kg raisins
  • 140g plain flour
  • 100g soft fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 100g light muscovado sugar,
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp brandy or cognac, plus extra to flame
  • 250g packet butter, taken straight from the fridge
  • If you made 2 cakes, how much would you need of each ingredient?
  • What if you made a pudding using only half of the ingredients?

Key Stage 2 Puzzle Of The Day

Silent Night was written in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria.

Franz Xaver Gruber, painted by Sebastian Stief (1846)

Franz Xaver Gruber, painted by Sebastian Stief (1846)

How many years have people been singing this Christmas Carol?

Christmas Fact Of The Day

Unusual Christmas Traditions: Number 7. In Austria, men dress up as Krampus, the dark companion of Father Christmas. According to legend he warns and punishes all the naughty children. He is devilish looking with a dark brown body, horns and a long tongue.

Christmas Song Of The Day

Christmas Joke Of The Day

What’s a mathematician’s favourite Christmas snack?

A mince pi!

The Christmas Story: Day 18

The Romans had made a man called Herod king of the Jews. He was most alarmed when he heard the news. Herod did not want a rival king in his land. He sent for priests and teachers of God’s law.

“When the Saviour comes, where will he be born?” Herod asked.

“In Bethlehem,” they answered. “That is what God’s prophets say.”

Then King Herod had a secret meeting with the strangers, to find out when they first saw the star.

“Go and look for the child in Bethlehem,” he said. “And when you find him, let me know, so that I can come and pay homage to him too.”

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