The Origins of Christmas, or “What’s this Christmas all about then?”
Mince pies, Christmas trees, Robins, an old man with a beard filling your stockings with gifts? What have they really got to do with a baby being born in a Middle Eastern stable?
Whilst Christmas is probably the biggest and most widely celebrated of all the religious festivals, what do you really know about it? And when you think about the history of it, it’s easy to see why! Celebrating a birth in the desert lands of Roman occupied Israel seems at odds with the wintery images of evergreen foliage, chocolate Yule logs and reindeer. Now you can explore the origins of Christmas with this unique whole-school experience. The Holly King – the original Santa – will come to your school along with the Ice Queen, with a range of interactive fun activities, to help your children understand the importance of Mid-winter festivals to pre-Christian society and how they became attached to the Christian festival of Christmas.
Our workshops are designed to inspire children with practical activities and hands-on exploration. Due to the nature of this particular workshop we can take large numbers of children across the whole primary age range, making it a very cost effective activity for schools. Topics covered could include:
Why do we use the 25th December, when Jesus might well have been born in spring, summer or autumn?
Traditional dancing, singing, mummers play
Why do we use holly, robins, reindeer, mince pies, turkey and what on earth is wassailing?
How did Romans, Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Tudors and Victorians celebrate Christmas?
Meet the Lord of Misrule and what that means in your classroom!
Discover the influence of Charles Dickens and Washington Irving
Making gifts, pomanders, cards, Christmas decorations
Find out the stories behind Christmas Carols, the Nativity play, and Angels and Shepherds
Why Father Christmas is really green!
The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood
The holly wears the crown !