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Project Britain

British Christmas Traditions
by Mandy Barrow

 
 
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Christmas Day
Christmas Dinner
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Father Christmas
Meaning of Christmas
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Nativity
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Stir Up Sunday
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Advent Calendars

Woodlands Junior School is in the south-east corner of England

Click here to visit our online Advent Calendar 2013

Why are Advent Calendars called 'Advent Calendars'?

Advent is the start of the Christmas season in Britain. It begins four Sundays before Christmas. Advent calendars are a countdown to Christmas Day.

The first sign of Christmas in a British home is the children's advent calendar. The calendars start on the first day of December. Advent calendars are a fun way to help children to know when Christmas Eve will arrive, an important night for them because Father Christmas (Santa Claus) will visit them bringing gifts. copyright of projectbritain.com

What is an Advent Calendar?

An Advent calendar is a poster or card with twenty-four small doors, one to be opened each day from 1st December until Christmas Eve. Each door conceals a picture. Every morning children open one window of the calendar to see a pretty picture or find a chocolate inside.

Advent Calendar

History of Advent Calendars

The popular tradition of advent calendars arose in Germany in the late 1800s and soon spread throughout Europe and North America. Originally, the images in Advent calendars were came from the Hebrew Bible.

Many Advent calendars today have no religious content. Now, alongside traditional Advent calendars depicting angels and biblical figures are those whose doors open to display teddy bears, pieces of chocolate, or photos of pop stars. copyright of projectbritain.com

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Advent Candles

An Advent Candle has 25 marks. Every day it is lit and is burned down by one mark each day.

What has Advent got to do with Christmas?

Interactive Advent Calendar

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Mandy is the creator of the Woodlands Resources section of the Woodlands Junior website. 
The two websites projectbritain.com and primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk are the new homes for the Woodlands Resources.

Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.