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A traditional Christmas dinner in early England was the head of a pig prepared with mustard.

 

It is believed that the tradition of using the Crib to tell the story of the Nativity was started by St Francis of Assisi.

 

The tradition of the Christmas tree in Protestant countries was attributed to Martin Luther. In Catholic countries the custom was unknown up to the past century. In England the tradition was popularised by the German Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. The German immigrants brought the Christmas tree to America in the 17th century. Public outdoor Christmas trees with electric candles were introduced in Finland in 1906, and in New York, USA, in 1912.

 

Joulupukki is the name given to Father Christmas in Finland. The name literally means "Yule Buck".

 

The initials of the Three Kings — C+M+B (Caspar/Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar) — plus the year are inscribed in chalk over doorways in German-speaking countries on the eve of January 6 to protect house and home.

 

The Advent season and its celebration has changed over the years from a more serious, sombre character (including giving up things, as is done during Lent) to one of a more joyous nature — including such treats as chocolate-filled Advent calendars.

 

In 1171, the English King, Henry II took Christmas festivities to Ireland.

 

 

 
 

 


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2010 Calendar - insert the pupil's photo to make the perfect Christmas gift (45.5KB)

Christmas Code Breaker #1 - Christmas Food - break the code to discover the Christmas food words (239KB)

Christmas Code Breaker #2 - Christmas - break the code to discover the Christmas words (243KB)

Christmas Code Breaker #3 - The Nativity - break the code to complete the sentences about the Nativity (234KB)

An Chéad Nollaig - scéal simplí faoin Chéad Nollaig (36KB) (Source: Mairéad Russell)

Christmas Rhymes - three short seasonal rhymes to learn (27KB)

Two Short Poems - one English, one as Gaeilge (24KB) (Source: Treasa Uí Raghaill)

Christmas Project - suggestions on how to encourage pupils in middle or senior classes to do a project on a Christmas theme (30KB)

Where's Rudolph? - fun activity where pupils have to work out, from clues given, where Rudolph is (83.5KB)

Mincemeat - short seasonal poem about mincemeat (26KB)

Coinneal na Nollag - dán simplí séasúrach (57KB)

An Nollaig - dán simplí séasúrach le ceithre véarsa (42.5KB)

The History of the 12 Days of Christmas - this popular song at Christmas is believed to have a hidden meaning dating back to Penal times (35.5KB)

Cártaí Lúibe: Bia Nollag #1 - cártaí lúibe (loop cards) bunaithe ar bia a itear i rith na Nollag (40.5KB)

Cártaí Lúibe: Bia Nollag #2 - cártaí lúibe (loop cards) bunaithe ar bia a itear i rith na Nollag (40KB)

Cártaí Lúibe: An Chéad Nollaig #1 - cártaí lúibe (loop cards) bunaithe ar téarmaíocht a bhaineann leis an Chéad Nollaig (40KB)

Cártaí Lúibe: An Chéad Nollaig #2 - cártaí lúibe (loop cards) bunaithe ar téarmaíocht a bhaineann leis an Chéad Nollaig (40KB)

Cártaí Lúibe: An Nollaig #1 - cártaí lúibe (loop cards) bunaithe ar téarmaíocht a bhaineann le séasúr na Nollag (40KB)

Cártaí Lúibe: An Nollaig #2 - cártaí lúibe (loop cards) bunaithe ar téarmaíocht a bhaineann le séasúr na Nollag (41KB)

Loop Cards - Christmas Vocabulary #1 (30.5KB)

Loop Cards - Christmas Vocabulary #2 (30.5KB)

Loop Cards - Christmas Vocabulary #3 (30KB)

Loop Cards - Christmas Food (30KB)

Loop Cards - The Nativity (30.5KB)

Balla Focal: An Chéad Nollaig - foclóir a bhaineann leis an chéad Nollaig ar bhilleog amháin (40.5KB)

Balla Focal: Bia na Nollag - foclóir a bhaineann le bia na Nollag ar bhilleog amháin (70KB)

Balla Focal: An Nollaig - foclóir a bhaineann leis an Nollaig ar bhilleog amháin (34KB)

Christmas Food Word Wall - all the vocabulary needed to write about Christmas food all on one sheet (33KB)

Christmas Word Wall - all the vocabulary needed to write about Christmas time all on one sheet (33.5KB)

Nativity Word Wall - all the vocabulary needed to write about the Nativity (35.5KB)

Daidí na Nollag - dhá dán simplí dar teideal Daidí na Nollag

Christmas Jumble - Santa has jumbled up all his Christmas words. Help him unjumble them (49KB)

Christmas Carol Find - find the missing word in the lines from Christmas Carols (29KB)

Christmas Webquest Puzzle - visit a website and find out who the Christmas present giver is in 16 countries. Also an exercise to find the capital and flag of each of the countries (273KB)

Christmas Crossword - all the clues have a Christmas theme (71.5KB)

Santa's Letter - John's letter from Santa has been torn up. Literacy exercise to piece the letter back again (42KB)

Christmas Freeze - fun Christmas PE lesson (26.5KB)

Christmas Cracker - fun Christmas PE lesson (25KB)

Jingle Bells Relay - fun PE lesson for Christmas (25.5KB)

Christmas Vocabulary - all the vocabulary needed to write about Christmas (40KB)

Christmas Rhymes and Chants (24.5KB)

Christmas Around the World - the Christmas greeting from different countries around the world (44.5KB)

Biachlár na Nollag (30.5KB)

Writing to Santa - to inform parents of what educational toys could be added to that Santa list (Source: Mags Mc Carthy) (29KB)

Christmas Play - telling the traditional nativity story (58.5KB)

Nativity Service - including carols, readings and narration (56.5KB)

Christmas on the Internet - booklet of website addresses on the theme of Christmas. (this may be out of date and some addresses may not still exist) (38.5KB)

Christmas Book Report - holly bordered page for a book report (23.5KB)