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Christmas crackers: The Story. Why Do We Have Christmas Trees? | Everyday Emmanuel. Christmas Around the World: Christmas Traditions and Celebrations Worldwide. On this page you can read some fun facts about Christmas around the World. Read how kids celebrate Christmas and get some interesting insights about Christmas traditions and celebrations. At Christmas, Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Traditional Christmas decoration often can be admired and festive celebrations can be joined in most countries, even in many of the countries where Christianity is not the religion of the majority of people.

Christmas trees are a popular decoration as are tiny sparkling lights in windows and on walls. Christmas Celebrations Christmas all over the world is celebrated on Christmas Day, the 25th of December. Some countries however have different Christmas traditions and Christmas traditions and celebrations take place over a longer period of time. Christmas Around the World:France In many regions in France, Christmas celebrations start with St Nicholas day on the 6th of December. Christmas Decorations in Strasbourg/France 69Save. Christmas Around the World, Christmas Traditions and Celebrations in Different Countries and Cultures -- whychristmas?com. How do different countries celebrate Christmas. Online Advent Calendar 2014 - Interactive and Fun. On each day in December 2014, test your knowledge on how Christmas is celebrated around the world, using our very own interactive advent calendar.

Most of the facts and photos in the Woodlands Junior advent calendar below have been sent to us by schools and visitors around the world. No peeking before the correct day. The Woodlands Junior Advent Calendar 2014 online interactive advent calendar contains fascinating facts and information about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries around the world including: How does red-suited Santa survive in the heat of a Brazilian summer? In what country is Pavlova a popular Christmas dessert? Advent calendars have long helped build excitement and anticipation on the countdown to Christmas, typically revealing a pretty picture or piece of chocolate behind the cardboard door for each December day along the way.

This page, and the contents of the advent calendar, are updated daily in December by Mandy Barrow. Can't open the Window? Christmas traditions for kids. Facts about Father Christmas (Santa Claus) for Kids. We owe much about what we know about the Father Christmas today to the Americans of the 19th Century. In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore described what he imagined Father Christmas to look like in a poem. The poem is often referred to as 'The Night Before Christmas', but originally it was titled 'A Visit from St Nicholas'. In 1866, Thomas Nast, a cartoon artist for the Harper's Illustrated Weekly, made a montage entitled, "Santa Claus His Works" and for the first time established 'Santa' as a maker of toys George P. Webster (Walker) made five of Nast's drawings into coloured pictures (lithographs) to illustrate a poem he wrote in Nast's book Santa Claus and His Works (circa 1869).

Father Christmas was originally part of an old English midwinter festival, normally dressed in green, a sign of the returning spring. In this earliest form, Father Christmas was not the bringer of gifts for small children, nor did he come down the chimney. Rides across the sky with his reindeers. St. Spain: Papa Noel. Christmas Decorations Traditions and origins of decorations. Traditional Christmas Decorations To celebrate Jesus' birthday on Christmas Day many people decorate their homes. © copyright of projectbritain.com Red and green are the traditional colours of Christmas.

Green represents the continuance of life through the winter and the Christian belief in eternal life through Jesus. © copyright of projectbritain.com Red symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed at His Crucifixion. Christmas decorations used to be put up on Christmas Eve and not before. Indeed, many people believed that it was extremely unlucky to bring evergreens, the traditional item to decorate homes, into the house before that date. copyright of projectbritain.com Decorations on the ceiling Christmas Decoration in the home In Britain today, few people would now wait until Christmas Eve.

In the weeks leading up to and during Christmas, people hang decorations in their homes. Foil or paper chains hang across the ceiling Natural Decorations Find out more about traditional Christmas decorations. Christmas Tree Traditions in Britain (A British Christmas) Most houses in Britain, will have a tree of some sort or other which they will decorate and will place the presents under. The traditional Christmas tree is a fir tree but now-a-days more people buy artificial trees to 'save the earth'.

The decorating of the tree is usually a family occasion, with everyone helping. Tinsel, chocolates and fairy lights The Christmas tree became popular in England in 1841 when Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, brought a Christmas tree over from Germany and put it in Windsor Castle. The Royal couple were illustrated in a newspaper standing around the Christmas tree with their children, and the tradition of decorating a tree became fashionable. During the Victorian times, Christmas trees were decorated with candles to remind children of the stars in the sky at the time of the birth of Jesus.

Christmas trees were also decorated with sweets and cakes hung with ribbon. An angel or star is usually put on the very top of the tree. Christmas Crackers - history and facts. Christmas Crackers are very popular and accompany many meals over the Christmas period, especially on Christmas Day. What is a Christmas Cracker? | How to pull a Christmas cracker Why do we wear king's paper crowns? | History of Christmas Crackers A Christmas Cracker is a brightly coloured paper tube, twisted at both ends. Christmas Cracker on a plate Crackers are very traditional items to have at Christmas. A Christmas cracker traditionally contains a paper crown, a small gift and a joke written on a slip of paper. The gift in a cracker depends on how much you have paid for the cracker.The more you pay the better the quality of the gift.

A box of 12 crackers costing £10 could come with gifts such as a shoe horn, compact mirror, playing cards, screwdrivers, address book, tape measure, pad lock, bottle opener, tweezers, travel chess, photo frame and pen.© copyright of projectbritain.com The traditional way to pull a cracker is crossing your arms and .. copyright of projectbritain.com. The history of Christmas Cards. People around the world send Christmas Cards to their friends and family. Traditionally, Christmas cards showed religious pictures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, or other parts of the Christmas story. Today, however, it is more common to see winter scenes, Father Christmas, cartoon characters or jokes. In Britain, we have cards which are: traditional e.g. pictures of the nativity scene; formal e.g. a painted picture of a winter scene or Christmas Tree; cute e.g. a snow scene with cute little animals or funny e.g. Rudolf throwing snowballs at Father Christmas. History of Christmas Cards The first Christmas card was created and sent in 1843.

Sir Henry Cole, a wealthy British businessman, wanted a card he could proudly send to friends and professional acquaintances to wish them a "Merry Christmas. " The card depicted a typical English family enjoying the holiday, and people performing acts of charity. Sir Henry Cole sent the first ever Christmas card. Did you know? Information on Advent Calendars - History and traditions. Click here to visit our online Advent Calendar 2013 Advent is the start of the Christmas season in Britain. It begins four Sundays before Christmas. Advent calendars are a countdown to Christmas Day. The first sign of Christmas in a British home is the children's advent calendar.

The calendars start on the first day of December. Advent calendars are a fun way to help children to know when Christmas Eve will arrive, an important night for them because Father Christmas (Santa Claus) will visit them bringing gifts. copyright of projectbritain.com An Advent calendar is a poster or card with twenty-four small doors, one to be opened each day from 1st December until Christmas Eve. The popular tradition of advent calendars arose in Germany in the late 1800s and soon spread throughout Europe and North America. Many Advent calendars today have no religious content.

Advent Candles An Advent Candle has 25 marks. Click here to visit our online Advent Calendar 2013 Advent Candles. Facts about Christmas for Kids. What are the names of Santa's reindeer? Father Christmas' reindeers are called Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner/Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph. Eight of these names are taken from Clement C. Moore's "A Visit From St. Nicholas," and the ninth from the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (NB. Donder is also known as Donner.) An old wives' tale says that bread baked on Christmas Eve will never go mouldy.© copyright of projectbritain.com The Christmas turkey was imported to France by the Jesuits and it is still known in some French dialects as a 'Jesuite'.

Christmas Turkey Christmas pudding was first made as a kind of thick soup with raisins and wine in it. Christmas Pudding Christmas pudding originates from an old, Celtic dish known as 'frumenty'. In the 19th century, the Christmas Cake was eaten on Christmas Eve. It is considered unlucky to cut a mince pie with a knife. The Queen's Christmas speech was televised for the first time in 1957.

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