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Christmas crackers: The Story. Why Do We Have Christmas Trees? Christmas Around the World: Christmas Traditions and Celebrations Worldwide. Christmas Around the World, Christmas Traditions and Celebrations in Different Countries and Cultures. 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.

Online Advent Calendar 2014 - Interactive and Fun

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. 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.

Facts about Father Christmas (Santa Claus) for Kids

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 Red and green are the traditional colours of Christmas.

Christmas Decorations Traditions and origins of decorations

Green represents the continuance of life through the winter and the Christian belief in eternal life through Jesus. © copyright of Red symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed at His Crucifixion. 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.

Christmas Tree Traditions in Britain (A British Christmas)

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. Christmas Crackers - history and facts. Christmas Crackers are very popular and accompany many meals over the Christmas period, especially on Christmas Day.

Christmas Crackers - history and facts

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The history of Christmas Cards

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: 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.

Information on Advent Calendars - History and traditions

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. 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. Facts about Christmas for Kids. What are the names of Santa's reindeer?

Facts about Christmas for Kids

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.