Posts Tagged ‘History’

November 30th, 2015

The Christmas Truce

the_christmas_truceThe Christmas Truce refers to the events in and around Christmas Day in 1914, during World War I, when enemies laid down their arms. They sang carols to each other and met on “no man’s land” and exchanged Christmas greetings.

Many teachers will be familiar with The Literacy Shed website which focuses on videos as a stimulus for literacy work in the classroom. One of the sections on the website is called “The Christmas Truce“.

November 13th, 2014

Christmas Is For Sharing

“Christmas Is For Sharing” is the 2014 Christmas advert from the Sainsburys store in the UK. It commemorates an extraordinary event which took place during the First World War one hundred years ago: the Christmas Truce. On Christmas Day 1914, the opposing troops laid down their arms, crossed “no-man’s land”, shared some food and  played a game of football.

December 17th, 2012

Pipes of Peace

This video is a song written by Paul Mc Cartney, one of the Beatles. It tells the true story of Christmas Day 1914 when the British and German troops lay down their weapons for the day, shared some food and played a game of football together. This could be used as a great introduction about war and conflict, especially at this time of year. It could also be used as a starting point for some creative writing.

December 7th, 2012

Nollaig na mBan

Great Powerpoint presentation on the origins, history and traditions surrounding this particularly Irish Christmas custom.

Source: Shaygirl

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November 2nd, 2012

Strange Christmas Traditions

This short video tells of some seasonal traditions that have existed over the years like the game of Frumenty, Santa Bone Ointment, the game of Hot Cockles and how Christmas only became a legal holiday in the US in 1894.

 

November 2nd, 2012

Christmas Becomes a Holiday

This short video explains how Christmas has come to be celebrated on December 25th, principally as it was near the winter solstice.

November 2nd, 2012

The Evolution of Christmas

This short video shows how the celebration of Christmas has evolved over the centuries and how Christmas was even banned at some stages throughout history.

 

November 1st, 2011

The History of Santa Claus and Father Christmas

The History of Santa Claus and Father ChristmasThis website offers a guide to resources available online which deal with the origins, evolution and lore of Santa Claus and Father Christmas. The main part consists of links to other sites, with some commentary describing the contents and quality of these sites. However, you will also find a brief overview of each stage in the evolution of Santa Claus and extracts from the work of professional historians, folklorists and critics on this topic.

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November 1st, 2011

BBC History of Christmas

BBC History of Christmas

This website from the BBC gives some history associated with the Christian festival of Christmas. For example, did you know that the date of December 25th was only set as the day of Jesus’ birth in the 4th century AD? The site also gives details about early and modern celebrations of Christmas.

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November 1st, 2011

Ten Ages of Christmas

Ten Ages of Christmas

This website from the BBC gives information on how Christmas was celebrated in ten different eras throughout history including Medieval, Victorian, during World War II and the post-War period.

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