Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 9 – Wreaths

Traditionally wreaths at Christmas are made from evergreens, twigs and flowers. The evergreens represent the everlasting life of Jesus and the circular shape represents God having no beginning and no end. At Christmas time wreaths are often hung on doors and used as decorations.

Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 7 – Christingles

Christingles originated from a Church in Germany where a minister gave children a candle with a red ribbon around it. Today a Christingle is made up of different elements: an orange (to represent the world) a lit candle (to represent Jesus as the light of the world) a red ribbon (to represent the blood of […]

Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 6 – Nativity

At Christmas many schools perform a Nativity which is a play which tells the story of the birth of Jesus. St Francis of Assisi performed the first Nativity in Italy in around 1223. He wanted to show people the story of the birth of Jesus, as many people couldn’t read the story for themselves.

Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 5 – Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding started as a porridge called Frumenty and was made of beef and mutton, raisins and spices. It later became known as Plum Pudding as eggs, breadcrumbs and fruit were added to make it thicker. Today a Christmas pudding is traditionally made with raisins, nuts and cherries. Sometimes the Christmas pudding is covered with […]

Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 3 – Christmas Trees

A German man called Martin Luther was the first man to decorate a fir tree. Christmas trees were made popular in this country after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert put a Christmas tree in Windsor Castle. Christmas trees used to be decorated with candles, sweets and cakes. Today Christmas trees are decorated with fairy lights, tinsel […]

Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 2 – Christmas Cards

The first Christmas card was made by John Hornsley, an artist and sent by Sir Henry Cole, a rich British businessmen around 1843. About 1000 cards were made and sold for 1 shilling each (that’s about the same as 5p today). Today lots of people still send Christmas cards to their family and friends to […]

Christmas Facts Advent Calendar: Day 1 – Advent Calendars

Advent starts the countdown to Christmas and is usually marked by Advent calendars or Advent candles. Advent calendars originated in Germany in the late 1880s and had pictures from the Christmas Story. Advent calendars were originally made from paper or card and had 24 doors. From December 1st a door was opened every day and […]

Operation Christmas Child

As in previous years, we are taking part in Operation Christmas Child. Details below. If you would like more information, please speak to Mrs Woodcock or visit the Operation Christmas Child website.