Advent 2014

Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 24 – Candles and Lights

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 […]

Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 23 – Boxing Day

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 Facts Advent Calendar: Day 21 – Tinsel

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 […]

Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 18 – Stars

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.

Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 15 – Reindeer

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.

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