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Christmas

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Christmas’? Snow and snowmen? Trees? Pretty lights? Cheesy pop music? Or maybe the man himself, Father Christmas?

Christmas is perhaps the most well-known and well-loved of all the Christian festivals. It takes place each year on December 25th. At its heart is a very special celebration – the birth of Jesus Christ. This is where the name comes from: Christmas is ‘Christ’s Mass’. At Christmas, Christians tell and retell the story of the Angel Gabriel’s visit to a young woman called Mary, with the remarkable news that she would give birth to a very special baby boy, Jesus. Jesus is the most important figure in Christianity – more than a teacher or prophet, for Christians he is the Son of God. At Christmas, Christians celebrate that God himself became a human being (the Incarnation, literally God ‘in the flesh’) to live with the people He made and loved and be their Saviour.

This may seem a long way from what we often associate with Christmas. But many of the things we know and love about Christmas come from Christianity. Lights are symbolic in Christianity of Jesus, the ‘light of the world’. The original Santa Claus was a kindly Bishop known for his generosity. Even the race to Christmas No. 1 is a modern-day version of creating popular Christmas carols. And as for the turkey, chocolate, cakes and crackers on Christmas Day – well, why not? For Christians, Christmas is the biggest birthday in all of history and deserves the biggest party!

Browse our articles and watch the films to learn all about the Christmas story as the Bible tells it, and why Christians find it the most wonderful time of the year. And discover more about some of the traditions that make it so special. Maybe you could start by finding out what a Christingle is?

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Christmas Articles

Christmas Quest – Take the Challenge

Use the site to search out the answers to these Christmas trivia questions

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Christmas Quest – Take the Challenge

Use the site to search out the answers to these Christmas trivia questions

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All the answers to the following questions can be found on the site. Take the challenge and then let us know how you got on… 1. Who was the first person to design and print a Christmas card? 2. Where was Saint Nicholas born? 3. […]

Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child

What is Operation Christmas Child?

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Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child

What is Operation Christmas Child?

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  Samaritan’s Purse founded by Bob Pierce an evangelist and journalist with Youth For Christ aims to help the world’s poor and marginalised. The charity’s vision is based on the teaching of Jesus in the New Testament when after sharing the story of the Good Samaritan, […]

The Story of Christmas

What happened at the first Christmas?

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The Story of Christmas

What happened at the first Christmas?

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In this fun film Gran tells Mark, her grandson, and all the children watching the story of the first Christmas. In doing so she answers the BIG questions: What is an angel? Were there really three wise men? Why did they bring such strange gifts? […]

Christmas in the Bible

Discover more about the characters in the Christmas nativity.

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Christmas in the Bible

Discover more about the characters in the Christmas nativity.

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Joseph

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to raise God's son as your own?

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Joseph

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to raise God's son as your own?

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This film is from the Relive Film series. Find more films from Relive at reliveresources.co.uk. Imagine being engaged to be married – you are excited and cannot wait for the wedding day to come around. Imagine then discovering that the lady you are planning to […]

Christmas in Church

How might Christmas be celebrated in churches?

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Christmas in Church

How might Christmas be celebrated in churches?

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Santa Claus

Who was Saint Nicholas?

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Santa Claus

Who was Saint Nicholas?

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The name ‘Santa Claus’ comes from Saint Nicholas who was Bishop of Myra, which is now in Turkey. There are no historical documents about him, so everything we know comes from old traditional stories. Here are some of the things people think they know about […]

Christmas Carols

What is the origin of these Christmas songs?

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Christmas Carols

What is the origin of these Christmas songs?

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The first Christmas Carols came from France. The singers would dance as they sang – the word ‘carol’ means a circling dance. Christmas carols have been sung in UK churches for 800 years. Cheerful carols would be sung and the Christmas story acted out – […]

Christmas Cards

Where does the idea of a Christmas card come from?

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Christmas Cards

Where does the idea of a Christmas card come from?

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The very first Christmas card was made in 1843. Henry Cole had it designed, and printed 1000 of them. The cards were printed in black and white and then were coloured by hand. Cole sold them from a shop in London. The picture shows a […]

Christmas Trees

How did the tradition begin?

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Christmas Trees

How did the tradition begin?

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The practice of tree decoration has been found in many ancient cultures. Often, trees were brought indoors and decorated to ensure a good crop for the coming year. The tradition of the modern Christmas tree was likely started in the 8th century with St. Boniface, […]