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Christmas is coming: Curious British and American Christmas facts and traditions

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You probably know a lot about British and American Christmas traditions already, but did you know that many Americans don’t take their Christmas trees down until the Superbowl? Or that there is a competition for the best Christmas advert in the UK? In this talk we will explore these and other fun and curious Christmas facts that possibly nobody has ever told you.
 

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Christmas is coming: Curious British and American Christmas facts and traditions

  1. 1. Christmas is coming! Curious British and American Christmas facts and traditions
  2. 2. What does Christmas mean to you?
  3. 3. What does Christmas mean to you?
  4. 4. Christmas is a very “Dickensian” idea
  5. 5. Mr Scrooge
  6. 6. Who’s been listening? 1.What is Scrooge’s profession? 2.What does Scrooge not say to Cratchit when he sneezes? a) Every sneeze is a penny lost b) Get rid of that cold c) Are you feeling ok? 3. Why does the man ask for more time to pay his mortgage?
  7. 7. Who’s been listening? 1.What is Scrooge’s profession? A moneylender 2.What does Scrooge not say to Cratchit when he sneezes? a) Every sneeze is a penny lost b) Get rid of that cold c) Are you feeling ok? 3. Why does the man ask for more time to pay his mortgage? To pay for his wife’s funeral
  8. 8. Fill in the gaps Hurry up Cratchit! Trust these _______ to close before a man can finish his day’s ____________ Which word in this Scrooge quote does each picture represent? “Every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be ____ in his own _____ and _____ with a _____ of _____ through his heart.” a) b) c) d) e) buried holly pudding boiled stake
  9. 9. Fill in the gaps Hurry up Cratchit! Trust these _______ to close before a man can finish his day’s ____________ Which word in this Scrooge quote does each picture represent? “Every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.” fools business a) b) c) d) e) buried holly pudding boiled stake
  10. 10. What adjectives describe Scrooge?
  11. 11. What adjectives describe Scrooge? Mean, bitter, tight-fisted, selfish… Who are the supernatural beings who help him change?
  12. 12. Plus these three ghosts. Can you name them? Jacob Marley The four ghosts
  13. 13. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to come Jacob Marley The four ghosts
  14. 14. The Ghost Club Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Arthur Conan Doyle What did he write?
  15. 15. The Ghost Club Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes
  16. 16. What you may not know about Xmas
  17. 17. The reindeer What’s this reindeer’s name? Why is he famous? Can you name the others? How many are there?
  18. 18. The reindeer
  19. 19. Mistletoe What do you know about this popular holiday decoration?
  20. 20. Mistletoe Norse mythology: love and friendship
  21. 21. Santa Claus
  22. 22. St Nikolas of Myra Sinterklass 4th century Turkey
  23. 23. Odin Pagan Germanic God 8-legged horse and 8 reindeer
  24. 24. Yule / Yuletide Germanic festival
  25. 25. British vs American Christmas
  26. 26. British American
  27. 27. British American
  28. 28. British American
  29. 29. British American Father Christmas Santa Claus/Santa
  30. 30. British Where does Santa live? American
  31. 31. British Lapland The North Pole Where does Santa live? American
  32. 32. British Roast Turkey ??? American
  33. 33. British Roast Turkey Roast Turkey / Ham / Beef American
  34. 34. British ?????? American
  35. 35. British Mince Pies Christmas Cookies American
  36. 36. British When do we put the Christmas tree up? After Thanksgiving (26th Nov) First Sunday in December American
  37. 37. British When do we take the Christmas tree down? On the 12th night of Christmas Depends, but for some people after the Superbowl (first week in Feb) American
  38. 38. British Tree Lighting ??? American
  39. 39. British The Royal Christmas Message Tree Lighting American
  40. 40. British The Royal Christmas Message 2007 1952 1932
  41. 41. British Do you know these places? American
  42. 42. British Trafalgar Square Rockefeller Center The Oslo connection Habitat for Humantiy American
  43. 43. British Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman (1982) The Yule Log (TV program) American
  44. 44. A Yule log 12 days of Christmas Tell stories, play cards… Health, fertility, luck, ward off evil spirits!
  45. 45. Yule log cake
  46. 46. British, American or both?
  47. 47. Christmas Pudding???
  48. 48. Christmas Pudding
  49. 49. Christmas Crackers???
  50. 50. Christmas Crackers
  51. 51. Christmas Crackers
  52. 52. A pun / A play on words / word play
  53. 53. What’s a mathmatican’s favourite Christmas snack?
  54. 54. What’s a mathmatican’s favourite Christmas snack? A mince pi!
  55. 55. What did Adam say the day before Christmas?
  56. 56. What did Adam say the day before Christmas? It’s Christmas, Eve!
  57. 57. What do you call people who are scared of Santa Claus?
  58. 58. What do you call people who are scared of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic!
  59. 59. Egg nog???
  60. 60. Egg nog Milk Eggs Alcohol
  61. 61. Boxing Day???
  62. 62. Boxing Day
  63. 63. Quiz Time!
  64. 64. 1. What ingredient is not in a Christmas pudding? a) Nuts b) Brandy / Rum c) Chocolate d) Cinnamon
  65. 65. 1. What ingredient is not in a Christmas pudding? a) Nuts b) Brandy / Rum c) Chocolate d) Cinnamon
  66. 66. 2. Dickens lived in the… a) 16th century b) 18th century c) 19th century d) 20th century
  67. 67. 2. Dickens lived in the… a) 16th century b) 18th century c) 19th century d) 20th century
  68. 68. 3. What’s in a Christmas cracker traditionally? a) A small gift b) A 20-pound note c) A paper hat, a joke and a small gift d) Cosmetics
  69. 69. 3. What’s in a Christmas cracker traditionally? a) A small gift b) A 20-pound note c) A paper hat, a joke and a small gift d) Cosmetics
  70. 70. 4. Why are Santa’s reindeers mainly female? a) Male reindeer lose their antlers in winter b) Male reindeer are called “moose” c) Female reindeer are stronger to pull the sleigh d) They are male reindeer but with female names
  71. 71. 4. Why are Santa’s reindeers mainly female? a) Male reindeer lose their antlers in winter b) Male reindeer are called “moose” c) Female reindeer are stronger to pull the sleigh d) They are male reindeer but with female names
  72. 72. 5. How long has the Royal Christmas message been broadcast on TV? a) For less than 25 years b) Since Queen Elizabeth was born c) Since 1920 d) For over 50 years
  73. 73. 5. How long has the Royal Christmas message been broadcast on TV? a) For less than 25 years b) Since Queen Elizabeth was born c) Since 1920 d) For over 50 years
  74. 74. 6. What is not usually eaten in the US for Christmas? a) Turkey b) Yule Log Cake c) Mince pies d) Christmas Cookies
  75. 75. 6. What is not usually eaten in the US for Christmas? a) Turkey b) Yule Log Cake c) Mince pies d) Christmas Cookies
  76. 76. 7. When do many Americans take their Christmas trees down? a) In January b) In February c) On December, 31st d) Before Thanksgiving
  77. 77. 7. When do many Americans take their Christmas trees down? a) In January b) In February c) On December, 31st d) Before Thanksgiving
  78. 78. 8. Where does the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square come from? a) Norway, as a present for their help in WWII b) Germany, as a present from Angela Merkel c) Spain, as a present for the Battle of Trafalgar d) Queen of England, as a present for Christmas
  79. 79. 8. Where does the Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square come from? a) Norway, as a present for their help in WWII b) Germany, as a present from Angela Merkel c) Spain, as a present for the Battle of Trafalgar d) Queen of England, as a present for Christmas
  80. 80. 9. Which of these places is not a real US city or town? a) Noel, Missouri b) Snowflake, Texas c) St Nicholas, Florida d) Santa Claus, Indiana
  81. 81. 9. Which of these places is not a real US city or town? a) Noel, Missouri b) Snowflake, Texas c) St Nicholas, Florida d) Santa Claus, Indiana

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