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Legend also has it that holly sprang from the footsteps of Christ as he walked the earth. The pointed leaves were said to represent the crown of thorns Christ wore while on the cross and the red berries symbolized the blood he shed.

 

A native Mexican plant, poinsettias were named after Joel R. Poinsett, U.S. ambassador to Mexico who brought the plant to America in 1828. Poinsettias were likely used by Mexican Franciscans in their 17th century Christmas celebrations.

 

Legend has it that during the 17th century, craftsmen created the white sticks of candy in the shape of shepherds' crooks at the suggestion of the choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.

 

The first director of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, Sir Henry Cole found himself too busy in the Christmas season of 1843 to compose individual Christmas greetings for his friends. He commissioned artist John Calcott Horsley for the illustration for a Christmas card. The card featured three panels, with the centre panel depicting a family enjoying Christmas festivities and the card was inscribed with the message "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You."

 

 
 

 


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Interactive Nativity Exercises - lots of activities at different levels all about the Nativity story
Dress Santa - simple interactive site to help dress Santa and his elf
Interactive Christmas Cards - four interactive Christmas cards that pupils will really enjoy
Christmas Technology Lessons and Resources -
Christmas Around the World - how Christmas is celebrated around the world
Norad Tracks Santa - track Santa's journey across the globe
Portable North Pole - input some details about the child and the present he/she wishes to receive and receive a video message back from Santa. Possibly better to visit the site at home
Elf Yourself - upload a photograph onto the elf template and then have the elf do a dance. A surefire Christmas hit!

A Christmas Carol - a re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic from BBC radio. Nine episodes, each 15 minutes long. Transcripts in .pdf format provided

Christmas With Virtual Finland - find out about Christmas celebrations in Finland both long ago and in the present day

Mrs. Pancake - lots of lovely Christmas resources to download
Jesus Xmas Party - short Nativity play to download in Word format

Advent 2008 Resources - excellent resource pack in .pdf format with prayers, colouring sheets and lots more religious resources for the Advent season

The Christmas Story for IWB - Powerpoint presentation with colourful animations and text in Comic Sans font (free registration required to download document)

Christmas Handwriting - printable seasonal handwriting sheet (red and blue lines)

Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments - make these Christmas ornaments and bake in the microwave

Christmas Crafts for Kids - from the Danielle's Place website
Make a Christmas Gift Box - craft work for older pupils using recycled Christmas Cards
Christmas Crafts for Kids - from the Enchanted Learning website
3-D Christmas Tree - easy to make Christmas Tree

Christmas Crackers - Things to do at Christmas, includes nice Nativity stories to show on IWB and seasonal games and activities

Christmas Clip Art - lots of clip art for adding in to your Christmas resources (.zip file)
Christmas @ Mr. Donn - lots of links to Christmas activities
Scoilnet Christmas Themepage - links to Christmas themed activities on the web

Halo Halo to Mooncake - student project on Christmas customs and traditions in Ireland

Prayers and Customs of Advent
Christmas Traditions in Ukraine
Christmas Traditions and Customs in Ireland

Christmas in Dublin - site not updated but it has some information about Christmas traditions in Ireland

Christmas for Kids - games, colouring, jokes and songs
All Things Christmas - Christmas traditions including the origins of Christmas
Christmas Activities - colouring pages, crafts, games, puzzles etc.

 

E-mail Santa - e-mail your Christmas letter to Santa on this site - site also has lots of other activities, like checking whether you are on the "Naughty" or "Nice" list, and a webcam of Santa practising jumoing down the chimney

 

Free Letters From Santa Claus - get personalised free letters or e-mails from Santa Claus - site also has lots of seasonal stories to read

Interactive Nativity Scene - build your own nativity scene on screen and print
Christmas Around the World - how Christmas is celebrated around the world

The Christmas Story - worksheets based on the telling of the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke

The Christmas Story - from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this tells the story of the first Christmas using original pieces of art - a beautiful resource

Christmas Colouring Pages - lots of seasonal pages to print and colour

Claus.com - fun website for children - visit Elf School, Toy Workshop, Polar Post and find out whether you are on the Naughty or Nice list

Christmas Plays - plays to download, donation requested if you use the play
Santa Scenes - Seasonal plays to purchase
AC Black - Christmas musicals and music resource books to purchase
Musicline - Christmas musicals and song books to purchase
Rainbow Education - books of Christmas resources to purchase
Learn 2 Soar - a selection of Christmas and nativity plays/musicals to purchase
Out of the Ark - Christmas musicals and nativity plays to purchase

Sally Deford Music - MP3s and music scores of many traditional Christmas carols to download

Christmas Song Book - sheet music and words for many traditional Christmas songs and carols

The Polar Express - lesson plans and resources to use in the classroom with this seasonal book

Christmas Celebrations in Other Countries
Christmas Songs & Rhymes - suitable for junior classes
Christmas Stationery - free printable sheets with a seasonal theme
Christmas Colouring Pages - lots of seasonal pages for pupils to colour
The Polar Express - maths activities based on the book
The Polar Express - Teachers' Guide to the book
Christmas Activities - including quizzes, puzzles, word games, comprehension etc.
Christmas Poems - links to seasonal poetry

Disco Dancing Santa - Santa as you've never seen him before - a big hit with younger pupils!

Track Santa's Journey
Christmas Colouring Pages

Christmas Colouring Pages - advent, angels, Christmas shapes, twelve days of Christmas

Advent Calendar - online version with one window to open each day from December 1st
Advent Wreath - the history of this seasonal tradition
Origami Christmas - seasonal art and craft activities for older pupils

Santa Claus.net - lots of seasonal games, songs and activities and a great Disco Santa - Santa as the pupils have never seen him before!

North Pole - lots of fun seasonal activities
The Birth of Jesus - illustrated online Nativity story
The First Christmas Tree - the history of the first Christmas tree in Latvia
Mr. Donn's Christmas Page - lesson plans and activities

Why Christmas - resources, traditions, customs and everything associated with Christmas

Christmas Resources from A to Z Teacher Stuff
Christmas Resources from The Teacher's Guide
Teaching is a Work of Heart - Christmas Resources
Enchanted Learning Christmas - craft work and literacy activities
Christmas at ABC Teach - lots of Christmas Resources
Santa's Net - songs, recipes, traditions, games
Christmas Resources from Woodlands Junior School, Kent, UK

Christmas - all about Christmas including customs, the story of Christmas, carols etc. from the Topmarks site

Lazy Bee Scripts - large range of Christmas play scripts for children