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.
Father Christmas lives in the North Pole where his elves help him make toys to be delivered to children all over the world on Christmas Eve. Father Christmas has many other names all over the world. Here are some of them: Santa Claus, Papa Noel, Sinterklaas, Christkind and Weihnachtsmann.
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 […]
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 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 […]
Thomas Smith, a sweet shop owner from London invented Christmas crackers around 1846. On a trip to Paris Thomas saw sweets being wrapped in tissue paper with a twist at each end. When he returned home he decided to sell sweets wrapped in a similar way with a motto or poem. They didn’t sell that […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.