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    • ChristmasAdvent Calendar Click on the numbers to see the surprises!
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    • Holly is a popular decorationat Christmas time and is often used to make Christmas wreaths. The thorns andberries are said to represent the thorny crown and blood
    • 2 3 4 5 6 7 89 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • Candy canes were first made in Germany and represent a shepherd’s crook. The white and red stripes are meant to represent Jesus’ purity and blood.
    • 3 4 5 6 7 89 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • Stockings holding presentsdate back to St. Nicholas’ time, when three young girls hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry.
    • 4 5 6 7 89 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • Fir trees have been decorated,usually with apples and other fruit, since the 16th century in Germany. A picture of Queen Victoria and her familygathered around a tree made them popular in Britain
    • 5 6 7 89 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • Songs have been sung tocelebrate Christmas for many,many years. In the 19th century writing Christmas carols became more popular andsome of the carols you sing at school were written then.
    • 6 7 89 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • The three wise men who cameto visit Jesus are also called the Magi. Their names were Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.
    • 7 89 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • In China houses and streets are decorated with traditional Chinese lanterns at Christmas time.
    • 89 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • Rudolph is the name of the reindeer who leads Santa’ssleigh. The story ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ waswritten in 1939 by an American called Robert L. May.
    • 9 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • Bells are often mentioned atChristmas because the ringing of bells is a tradition that dates back to old Pagan festivals.
    • 10 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • In Ireland candles have religious significance at Christmas time. Candlesburning in windows show thatthe house has room for Mary and Joseph, just like the
    • 11 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • A Christmas wreath is circular. It has no end and no beginning. It is said to be everlasting, like our love for Jesus.
    • 12 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • In Sweden the person whodelivers gifts at Christmas is a gnome called the Tomte.
    • 13 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • In Norway the person whodelivers gifts at Christmas is a goat like creature called Julebukk.
    • 1415 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • Giving Christmas cards is atradition that was started inBritain in 1843 by a man called Sir Henry Cole.
    • 15 16 17 18 19 2 21 22 23 24 0
    • Gingerbread men and gingerbread houses arepopular at Christmas time in parts of Europe.
    • 16 17 18 19 221 22 23 24 0
    • In South America, celebrating the manger, which they call the presepio, is the mostimportant part of Christmas celebrations.
    • 17 18 19 221 22 23 24 0
    • Mary and Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem to pay taxes. They had to paythem in Bethlehem as this was where Joseph was from.
    • 18 19 221 22 23 24 0
    • In Poland Christmas is oftencalled Gwaizdka, which means ‘little star’. Celebrations do not start until the star appears.
    • 19 221 22 23 24 0
    • Decorating the tree with glassbaubles became popular about 1500 years ago. It was alsoaround this time that the first electric tree lights were made.
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    • The Virgin Mary is the PatronSaint of Spain and they starttheir Christmas celebrationswith a feast celebrating her.
    • 21 22 23 24
    • When the Christmas story was first heard in Japan many people were surprised thatJesus slept in a cradle as most Japanese babies slept in bed with their parents!
    • 22 23 24
    • In the city of Rome in Italycannons are fired on Christmas Eve to show it is the start of the Christmas Holiday.
    • 23 24
    • Mistletoe became popular at Christmas in Scandinaviancountries. Kissing underneath it is supposed to bring you good luck all year.
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    • We now call St. Nicholas Santaor Father Christmas, but he hasmany names around the world including ‘Pere Noël (France),Svaty Miklaus (Czechoslovakia) and Sinterklaas (Holland).
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