Posts Tagged ‘SESE’

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.

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

The North Pole

This short video gives lots of information about the North Pole, place of residence of Santa Claus. It could be used as a starting point for some Geography work on the North Pole. The information appears on screen like in a presentation and I think pupils will enjoy learning some of these snippets of seasonal information.

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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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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