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.
Candy canes originated in Germany and started off as white sugar sticks. Traditionally they are usually red and white striped and peppermint flavoured. They are shaped like a shepherd’s crook and some say they are an upside down ‘J’ to represent Jesus.
Mince pies used to be cradle shaped to remind people of the manger baby Jesus was laid in. They were filled with minced meats and spices to remind people of the exotic gifts the Three Wise Men brought from the east. Today mince pies are filled with dried fruit mix spices and are usually round. […]
St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Gomersal – Christmas service times, December 2014 Carol Service, Sunday 14th December at 6pm Christingle Service, Wednesday 24th December at 3.30pm Christingle Service, Wednesday 24th December at 5:30pm Midnight Mass, Wednesday 24th December at 11.30pm Christmas Eucharist, Thursday 25th December at 10am You and your family and friends would be most welcome to join us […]
Christmas carols are songs about Jesus and when he was born. The earliest carols were written in the 1400s and were usually sung in people’s homes. Christmas carols were banned by Oliver Cromwell between 1647 and 1660 because he believed Christmas should be a serious day. Today carols are sung by carol singers who may go between houses […]