Party Games – Dingbat Mega Quiz – 64 Brain Fizzlers
Dec25

Party Games – Dingbat Mega Quiz – 64 Brain Fizzlers

Try out our mega dingbat quiz. Give your Christmas party a fizz with 64 brain teasers by testing your visual intuition and reasoning ability. You can download and print off the quiz – answers are included in the pdf … enjoy! 🙂

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Why Inn Keepers in the Nativity may have wrongly had a ‘bum rap’ for a long time
Dec18

Why Inn Keepers in the Nativity may have wrongly had a ‘bum rap’ for a long time

Every Christmas, innkeepers get a terrible ‘rap’. In schools, playgroups & churches up and down the land, Mary and Joseph duly arrive on their donkey in Bethlehem, only to be rejected by one or more innkeepers saying they don’t have any room at all in their inn. However it turns out this all revolves around the translation of 1 Greek word – kataluma – which can simply mean “guest room”. So whats the story behind this ?

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The Christmas Turkey : Why are they so ugly ?
Dec04

The Christmas Turkey : Why are they so ugly ?

When the New World pilgrims celebrated the first harvest in 1621, the Wampanoag Indians brought slaughtered turkeys to the Thanksgiving feast. The Pilgrims noted that ‘The natives brought a bird more hideous than any creature I have ever seen’ – why is it so ugly ?

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The History of the Christmas Pud
Dec20

The History of the Christmas Pud

The “Christmas Pud” – in our opinion the most delicious of all the scrumptious winter fayre that helps make up the traditional British Christmas. However what we think of as Christmas Pudding, is not what it was originally like! In this article we look at “The History of the Christmas Pud”

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Did you Know – Christmas tree lights were invented just 4 years after they the light bulb was invented ?
Dec06

Did you Know – Christmas tree lights were invented just 4 years after they the light bulb was invented ?

The idea for electric lights on Christmas trees is credited to a man named Edward Hibberd. It was in 1882 – just 4 years after the invention of the bulb. At the time he was working for the “Edison Lamp Company.”

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The Holly(wood) and the Ivy : Christmas Quiz Game
Dec25

The Holly(wood) and the Ivy : Christmas Quiz Game

How well do you know your classic Christmas movies? Can you name the festive films from the image in this article?

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A (brief) History of Christmas – Part 2
Dec18

A (brief) History of Christmas – Part 2

A history of Christmas might sound like a fairly simple undertaking. From nativity, to church, to family, to commerce – a story of high beginnings, a cosy, warm middle and the chill of cold hard cash and commercialism at the end. However its not quote that simple – the type of Christmas we celebrate today has a very winding tale indeed.

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A (brief) History of Christmas – Part 1
Dec14

A (brief) History of Christmas – Part 1

A history of Christmas might sound like a fairly simple undertaking. From nativity, to church, to family, to commerce – a story of high beginnings, a cosy, warm middle and the chill of cold hard cash and commercialism at the end. However its not quote that simple – the type of Christmas we celebrate today has a very winding tale indeed.

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Why Did the Magi Bring Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?
Dec11

Why Did the Magi Bring Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh?

Since the early days of Christianity, Biblical scholars and theologians have offered varying interpretations of the meaning and significance of the gold, frankincense and myrrh that the magi presented to Jesus. The latest one is that the magi “from the East” may have presented Frankincense to the baby Jesus for its’ healing properties.

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Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – more than just a good story
Dec07

Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” – more than just a good story

Scrooge’s transformation from miser to generous spirit is an uplifting tale. In fact, it’s so cheery that it’s one of the few books that has actually changed
society.

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Christmas Carols – The Oldest ones are the best – Some Origins
Dec04

Christmas Carols – The Oldest ones are the best – Some Origins

Christmas carols are mostly a Victorian tradition along with trees, crackers and cards. In this article we look at why the popularity of Silent Night has never faded, why there’s always a place for Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and why the British fondness of Good King Wenceslas has yet to subside.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas – A Poem that Shaped Modern Santa
Dec22

Twas the Night Before Christmas – A Poem that Shaped Modern Santa

Much of our modern idea of Santa Claus comes from a very famous poem, the 1823 work ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’. More commonly known by its first line, ‘’Twas the night before Christmas’

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5 Classic Christmas Carols and their Origins
Dec19

5 Classic Christmas Carols and their Origins

They say the old songs are the best and when it comes to Christmas Carols they may well be right. In this article we look at the origins of several popular carols both sacred and secular.

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Interesting Factoids about Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
Dec15

Interesting Factoids about Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

A Chrismas Carol’ is a story firmly embedded into the British psyche and traditions surrounding Christmas. In this article we’ve gathered together some of the more curious, and rather interesting factoids about Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

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Christmas Traditions – The First Ever Nativity Play
Dec12

Christmas Traditions – The First Ever Nativity Play

Even in modern, secular Britain there is one tradition that still holds sway at Christmas – The Christmas Nativity Play. In this article we look at the 800 year old origin of this Christmas institution.

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