Christmas Articles

Christmas Traditions in Spain

November 27th, 2012|Categories: Christmas Articles|

December 8th – The Christmas season begins with a weeklong observance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Spanish families often travel to the south of the country where the weather is warmer and there may even be flowers in bloom. In many paces such as Seville the Spanish have their own way of celebrating Christmas. In Seville’s great cathedral, they watch ten costumed boys perform an ancient dance called Los Seises to honour the Virgin Mary. In northern Spain, families decorate their balconies with colourful carpets, flags, and flowers and they burn candles all night in the windows. […]

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Traditional Christmas in Spain

December 1st, 2011|Categories: Christmas Articles|

Christmas is a deeply religious holiday in Spain. The country's patron saint is the Virgin Mary and the Christmas season officially begins December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It [...]

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History of Pantomime

July 8th, 2011|Categories: Christmas Articles|

The pantomime was a popular form of entertainment in ancient Greece and, later, Rome. Like theatre, it encompassed the genres of comedy and tragedy. […]

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The History of the Christmas Cracker

July 8th, 2011|Categories: Christmas Articles|

By Sara Millbank This year we are having a big family Christmas, after finally managing to get all the family together in one place, from various parts of the world. […]

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Christmas Trivia

July 8th, 2011|Categories: Christmas Articles|

The largest Cracker in the World This was made by children of Ley Hill School and Ley Hill Pre-school and parents and helpers. It was 63.1m long and 4m in diameter. […]

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Christmas in Spain

July 8th, 2011|Categories: Christmas Articles|

By Tom Tansey Christmas is different in Spain, which means the month of December is different too. How is Christmas different? Well firstly, Christmas is not a major gift-giving celebration in the way it is in northern Europe, […]

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Christmas Cards

July 8th, 2011|Categories: Christmas Articles|

While the Christmas Card as a printed artwork containing seasonal greetings is relatively new, a mere century and a half old, the custom of holiday greetings goes back several centuries in Europe. Back in the 15th century, Germans presented greetings for the coming year in the form of a card holding a devotional picture for the home, perhaps including the Jesus as a child. A typical imprint might be “Ein gut selig jar”, or “A good and blessed year”. […]

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Belen

July 8th, 2011|Categories: Christmas Articles|

During Christmas time, Belén are commonly seen in most Catholic and Protestant Churches, homes, and buildings. The word Belén is a Philippino term derived from the Spanish word for Bethlehem and was introduced by Spanish Fransiscans. In most towns and villages, these displays can be seen somewhere central to the town from the middle of December and are well worth a visit. Local craftspeople spend hours creating these spectacles and they are very proud of their efforts. […]

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Advent

July 8th, 2011|Categories: Christmas Articles|

By Sara Millbank I rushed around trying to find an Advent Calendar for my grandson, without a thought of why. I just knew he had to have it in place before the 1st December so he could open the first window on time. So it got me thinking – what is Advent and when does it start? […]

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