Posts Tagged ‘History’

October 31st, 2011

A Social History of Christmas Ornaments

A Social History of Christmas Ornaments

This website gives a broad overview of Christmas ornaments over the years and the impact they’ve had on our memories of Christmas. It deals with the origins of the Christmas Tree, early Christmas ornaments from the 1800s and the ornaments from modern times.

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October 31st, 2011

The History of Crackers

The History of Crackers

This website traces the history of the Christmas Cracker from its invention by Tom Smith in 1847 right up to the present day.It also includes some information on the world’s largest cracker.

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October 28th, 2011

The History of Christmas

The History of Christmas

Find information, articles and videos about the history of Christmas from the History Channel.

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October 28th, 2011

A Victorian Christmas

A Victorian Christmas

This website gives a great insight into the celebration of Christmas during Victorian times. It will give pupils great information on seasonal decorations, Christmas music, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, presents, food and lots more.

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October 28th, 2011

Charles Dickens and Christmas

Charles Dickens and Christmas

Charles Dickens had a profound influence on the way we celebrate Christmas today. This site details the revival of Christmas during Victorian times, including the beginning of what we now accept as traditions of Christmas – Christmas Cards, Christmas Carols, the Christmas Tree. The site also makes reference to some of Dickens’ novels, especially A Christmas Carol.

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October 17th, 2011

The Story of Saint Nicholas

The Story of Saint Nicholas

Powerpoint presentation detailing the history of St. Nicholas from earliest times to his eventual burial in Co. Kilkenny.

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October 15th, 2011

The First Christmas Tree

The First Christmas Tree

The first documented use of a tree in a winter Christmas celebration was in several locations in Northern Europe including Estonia, and Latvia, in the year 1510 according to documents from the Blackheads Fraternity chronicles and from various sources in Germany. This website tells the history of the first Christmas Tree in Latvia.

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October 14th, 2011

Traditions and Customs in Ireland

Customs in Ireland

Information on Christmas Customs and Traditions in Ireland including decorations, the Candle, the Christmas Tree, Santa Claus, Christmas Food and the Wran.

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October 9th, 2011

The History of the Twelve Days of Christmas

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This popular song at Christmas is believed to have a hidden meaning dating back to Penal times. This resource details the reputed meaning behind each of the gifts mentioned on each day in the song.

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