2016 Advent Calendar: Day 61 minute read


Matthew 1:22-23

All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us.’

Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Day 6: Christmas Around The World – Madagascar

  • The official language of Madagascar is Malagasy. ‘Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’ in Malagasy is ‘Mirary Krismasy sambatra sy Taona vaovao tonga lafatra ho anao’. Happy/Merry Christmas in lots more languages.
  • Madagascar is an Island off the east coast of Africa, so it is very warm at Christmas time. Even though it’s hot, common decorations include holly, robins and snow even though none of them exist in Madagascar.
  • In Madagascar, Santa Claus is called ‘Dadabe Noely’.
  • A special Christmas food in Madagascar is fresh lychees, which are bought from shops and street sellers, fresh from the trees.
  • Poinsettias also grow as large outdoor shrubs in Madagascar and don’t just flower at Christmas – they are also the national emblem of Madagascar.

The Flickering Star

The star at the top of a Christmas tree flashes seven times in one minute. Use your calculation skills to work out the following.
How many flashes will take place in:

  1. 20 minutes
  2. 1 hour
  3. 1 day
  4. 1 week
  5. Between December 10th and December 25th
  6. What if the light remained working for a whole year… how many flashes would there be?
  7. The bulb is guaranteed to last for 50,000 flashes. How many bulbs would you need to keep the star lit for a whole year?

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