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The Meaning of the Word “Christmas”

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The word “Christmas” means “Mass of Christ,” later shortened to “Christ-Mass.” The even shorter form “Xmas” – first used in Europe in ...


Interesting Christmas Facts

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• The 26th of December is traditionally known as St. Stephen’s Day, but is more commonly known as Boxing Day. It is called Boxing Day because it was the day the family opened a gift box for the poor.


Christmas Origins

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No one knows what day Jesus Christ was born on. From the biblical description, most historians believe that his birth probably occurred in September approximately six months after Passover. One thing they agree on is that it is very unlikely that Jesus was born in December, since the Bible records shepherds tending their sheep in the fields on that night. This is quite unlikely to have happened during a cold Judean winter. So why do we celebrate Christ's birthday as Christmas on December 25th?


Christmas Vocabulary Pack

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Here’s a little Christmas gift for you this year: fun, festive vocabulary activities that are ready to be used in your classroom.


Halloween Traditions and Celebrations

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Halloween is celebrated in the USA, and has become popular in Europe, too. Many children and adults go to Halloween parties, wearing scary costumes and masks.