Today Christmas is probably the best known Christian festival but how did our Christmas traditions begin?
Do you like sending Christmas cards?
The first Christmas card was made in 1843. Henry Cole had it designed, and printed 1000 of them.
Did you know that you had to colour the first Christmas cards in yourself?
Do you have an advent calendar?
Does it have chocolate in it?
What picture is on the front?
One December a mother cut a cake into 24 pieces and put them onto a piece of cardboard. Her little boy got to eat one piece each day until Christmas. The boy loved this special treat very much. When he grew up he wanted to share the idea with everyone and so he made the first advent calendar.
Have you ever played Secret Santa?
What present did you give?
The name Santa Claus comes from Saint Nicholas who was a leader in the church many years ago. He was a very kind person who would help the poor and would even leave surprise presents for them.
Do you like singing Christmas carols?
Which is your favourite carol?
The first Christmas Carols came from France. The singers would dance as they sang - the word 'carol' means a circling dance.
When is your birthday?
At Christmas Christians celebrate Jesus' birthday. No one knows the real birthday of Jesus! The Bible doesn't tell us. But for a long time December 25th has been known as Christmas day.
What is a Christingle and how do you make one?
The origins of Christingle services are unknown but the word means ‘Christ Light’ and celebrates Jesus coming as the light of the World to show people the way to God. The orange is round like the world. It means that God’s love is for everybody, […]
What is the story behind the Christmas celebrations?
For many people Christmas is a time for presents, food and parties but that isn’t all Christmas is about. For Christians the most important part of Christmas is celebrating Jesus’ birthday. In this fun game you can learn the Christmas story or use the game […]
Why do Christians decorate Christmas trees?
At Christmas time we can see decorated trees everywhere – in houses, schools, shops and even in town squares. But why do we have the trees and why do we decorate them? Click here to watch the Christmas story.
The Christmas Story explained for young children
What do Christians celebrate at Christmas? Who are Mary and Joseph? Why was Jesus born in a stable? Watch this film to find out more about the Christmas story.
Learn about the people in the Christmas Story
Christmas is probably the best known of all Christian festivals but do you know who is who in the Christian story? Click on each character in the nativity scene to find out who they are.
What are some of the important events in Jesus' life?
Jesus is at the centre of the Christian faith. But what do we know about him? How do we know about his life and work? What are the key events of Jesus’ life?
What happened at the first Christmas?
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? […]
How has this tradition changed over the years?
Do you have an advent calendar? Did you know that the first ever advent calendar had cake in it? One December a mummy cut a cake into 24 pieces and put them onto a piece of cardboard. Her little boy got to eat one piece […]
What makes advent a special time for Christians?
What is advent? You might know the word ‘advent’ already. Many people have advent calendars in the weeks before Christmas, opening a door every day for 24 days and finding a tasty chocolate behind each one! But what does ‘advent’ mean? It is the name of the […]
What happened at the first Christmas?
Have you ever wondered why the shepherds were scared of the angels? Were there really three wise men? And why did they bring such strange gifts for a baby? Find out the answers to these and other such questions in this fun nativity story.