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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Have Yourself a Merry Patois Christmas – Silent Night in Guernsey French
Dec08

Have Yourself a Merry Patois Christmas – Silent Night in Guernsey French

Ever wondered how to sing your favourite carols in Guernsey French ? Well now you can. In this article we’ve listed the Guernesiais version of Silent Night along with the phonetic pronunciation

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Christmas is Cancelled – The Puritan assault on Christmas during the 1640s and 1650s
Dec05

Christmas is Cancelled – The Puritan assault on Christmas during the 1640s and 1650s

As the year 1645 came to a close Englishmen had little cause for celebration. The country was 3 years into a vicious civil war and if that wasn’t bad enough any of the traditional festivities that they might have looked forward to had been abolished by order of the two Houses of Parliament sitting at Westminster – this was Puritan England’s assault on Christmas.

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Christmas Factoid : ‘Jingle Bells’ wasn’t originally written as a Christmas song
Dec01

Christmas Factoid : ‘Jingle Bells’ wasn’t originally written as a Christmas song

Ever wonder why ‘Jingle Bells’ is the only Christmas song that doesn’t mention Christmas, Jesus or the Nativity ? That’s because it was written to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Think You’ve got a Handle on Christmas? – A Yuletide Quiz to Test Your Knowledge
Dec20

Think You’ve got a Handle on Christmas? – A Yuletide Quiz to Test Your Knowledge

How well do yo think that you know Christmas? In this article are some Christmas factoids listed with possible answers. See how many you get right.

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Wassail Punch – A Medieval Winter Warmer
Dec16

Wassail Punch – A Medieval Winter Warmer

Add some history to your festivities with a glass of wassail punch.

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