Candles and lights represent the Star of Bethlehem and Jesus as he is often called ‘The Light of the World’. Candles are sometimes used to light carol services, in Christingles and Advent candles help countdown to Christmas. Candles used to be used to decorate Christmas trees, but electric lights are now used because they are […]
Boxing Day is usually celebrated the day after Christmas on December 26th. Christmas boxes were made of wood or clay and people placed gifts in them. Boxing Day was the day Christmas boxes were opened and shared with the poor. Some people still make Christmas boxes and send them to people all over the world.
Christmas Day is 25th December and is the day people celebrate the birth of Jesus. On Christmas Day people celebrate with their family and friends by doing lots of special things such as giving and receiving presents, going to Church, eating a special Christmas dinner and playing games.
The first tinsel was made in Europe during the 1600s from shredded silver. It was designed to reflect the light from the candles on the Christmas tree. Tinsel can be wrapped around the Christmas tree and hung from ceilings or walls. Tinsel is flexible, which also means it can be wrapped around and draped over […]
Angels are important at Christmas because it was an Angel who gave the message to the shepherds that baby Jesus had been born. Angels are often used as decorations and put on the top of the Christmas tree.
The first Christmas presents were given to Jesus by the Three Wise Men, they gave Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Families and friends give and receive Christmas Presents over Christmas, especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The star is an important part of the Christmas story as the Star of Bethlehem guided the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem, to meet baby Jesus. Stars are often used as decorations and lots of Christmas biscuits are cut in star shapes. A star often is put on the top of the Christmas tree too.
Bells rang to announce the birth of baby Jesus. Bells are still rung in Church today to signal the start of services and as a celebration. Bells are often used as decorations on Christmas trees.
Mistletoe is a symbol of love and friendship and is believed to bring good luck. At Christmas time mistletoe is often used as a decoration and sometimes hung from the ceiling. People sometimes kiss under the mistletoe as it is said to bring good luck.
Reindeer are the animals chosen by Father Christmas to pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve. There are 9 reindeer altogether. Their names are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph. Rudolph is the leader and he has a red nose that helps light up the dark and foggy nights.