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CHRISTMAS:

HISTORY and TRADITIONS



(Updated on 22/11/2016)

 



 

 

  • Santas Sharpen Their Skills at Michigan School - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 01 December 2017
    "It takes more than red clothing and a white beard to be a professional Santa. In fact, many aspiring Santas attend special classes."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

  • Hamleys Christmas toy parade – in pictures - 19 November 2017
    "Regent Street in central London is lined with people watching the annual Hamleys toy parade,
    featuring a marching cast of children’s characters, entertainers, elves, bands, floats and flying balloons."

    (theguardian.com)

 

 

  • Somalia bans Christmas celebrations - 23 December 2015
    "Somalia's government has banned the celebration of Christmas, warning that such Christian festivities could threaten the nation's Muslim faith."
    (BBC)
  • National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day - December 18th
    + What is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day?
    "National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a day of light hearted fun and a day to be yourself
    and not that buttoned up corporate version of yourself you have grown to despise.
    Most importantly, National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is a day to make the holidays fun... the way they were intended to be!
    So this National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, leave the school uniform at home, keep the preppy office blouse in your closet,
    and whatever you do, don't even think about taking your suit to work.""

    (nationaluglychristmassweaterday.org)

 

 

 

  • Victorian Strangeness: Four Christmas incidents
    "Christmas as we know it was a creation of the Victorians.
    Here are four Christmas calamities unearthed by Jeremy Clay, the author of The Burglar Caught by a Skeleton, a collection of bizarre stories from Victorian newspapers."

    (BBC)

 

 

 

  • Who Brings Gifts to Europe?
    "Redditor rappzula created a map that shows all the different names used for Santa Claus and related holiday gift-bringers in Europe..."

    (Neatorama)

 

  • Does Santa Claus really exist ? Yes, in Indiana
    "Welcome to Santa Claus, Ind., population 2,041, the only town in all America named after the Jolly Ol’ Elf and dedicated to celebrating the evergreen virtues of Christmas."
    (nbcnews.com)
  • Mistletoe, the kiss of Christmas
    "It's a vintage year for the legendary mistletoe berries...
    In Britain’s mistletoe-growing regions, a branch would be brought inside at Christmas to protect the house. Any woman walking underneath could not refuse to be kissed, or she would remain an old maid. After a kiss, she would pick a berry from the branch."

    (telegraph.co.uk)
  • Christmas plants: A berry merry season - with pictures
    "Sarah Raven considers the three British plants at the heart of our traditional celebrations."
    Holly, ivy, mistletoe...
    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

 

  • Taking the plunge
    "It's difficult to understand how diving into a freezing body of water on Christmas Day ever caught on, but it has become an annual custom in Britain (brave Londoners leap into the Serpentine on Hyde Park or, pictured here, Brighton beach), Ireland (where many head for the chilly Irish Sea), and France (there's an  annual dip in Nice)."

    (telegraph.co.uk)

 

 

  • Christmas celebrations around the world
    (neatorama.com)
    "Whether you’re just interested in learning more about other cultures or want to incorporate some new traditions into your holiday celebrations, this article is filled with all you need to know about international Christmases."
    For example in Austria :

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Christmas Traditions
    "10 posters which look at 8 common Christmas traditions."
    (instantdisplay.co.uk)

 

  • The Christmas Story
    Click on TOPIC/THEME on the left, then on Christmas activities.

    (Primary Resources)

 

  • CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
    - "Learn the origin of some of our favorite symbols and traditions!" :
    Stockings - Sleigh & Reindeer - Ornaments - Mistletoe - Yule Log - Holly - Greenery - Gingerbread House - St. Bernard - Christmas Cards - Candles

    (claus.com)




  • How Christmas Works - Un site à exploiter pour concevoir une 'webquest'.
    De plus, vous y trouverez les réponses aux questions souvent posées par vos élèves.

    (howstuffworks.com)





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