Arts and Crafts
My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?
~ Bob Hope ~
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Use these four scenes to tell the nativity story. Drag and drop the characters in the scenes and then add your text. You can print the story out when you are done.
Handel's Hallelujah Chorus
This extensive site about George Handel has a detailed history of his famous creation "Messiah". To access more about Handel and his work, choose from the menu choices at the top.
The Christmas Story
"The birth of Jesus Christ and the events surrounding it are the subject of many beautiful works of art in the Metropolitan Museum." (site) Explore and learn with these wonderful images.
The Christmas Story
Read or arrange the Christmas Story, play the Question Game, Make a Picture, and more in this interactive whiteboard activity.
Christmas Traditions of Ukraine
Ukrainian Christmas traditions are described on this page. The relationship between Christmas and religion is highlighted.
Enjoy Christmas Advent Calendar
Count down the days to Christmas on an interactive Advent Calendar... find out what is behind each door! You can click on any door at any time.
REEP - Advent 2005 - Light
"The theme of this calendar is light. A symbol common to almost all cultures and religions. Play this Advent game and test your knowledge of all things light." (site)
REEP - Advent 2007 - St Nicholas
Explore the history of the real Saint Nicholas in this Advent calender from The Religious Education and Environment Programme. (REEP)
"To commemorate Christ's birth, the evening before Rizdvo, Sviat Vechir, a ritual meal is prepared with 12 meatless dishes. The recipes differ between the regions of Ukraine..." Browse and try out these traditional Ukrainian recipes.
Star of Bethlehem - What was the Star?
"Scholars debate whether the Star of Bethlehem is a legend manufactured by the early church or a miracle which marked the advent of Christ. But if the Star was a real astronomical event, what could it have been?"
This informative site has photographs and descriptions of places in and around Bethlehem including the Church of the Nativity and a shepherd's field.
Christmas Traditions in France and Canada
This lovely award-winning bilingual (French/English) site creatively explores Christmas celebrations in Canada and in France from the middle ages to the present day. This site is rich--it calls itself "an imaginary exhibition," and it can be appreciated on many levels. If you'd like to visit just...
Prayers and Customs for Advent and Christmas
This page has resources to help you develop and plan Advent activities.
Luke 2:8-14 (Bible Gateway)
This Bible Gateway site gives access to the Bible passages that cover the Christmas story.
The Nativity Kit
Children can use this delightful resource to create their own version of the nativity story. There are ten different scenes that they can make and print out and even some music to listen to while they compose their stories.
History of the Advent Calendar
Learn more about the advent calendar and its religious roots.
Silent Night - Holy Night: The History Of This Christmas Hymn
BBC offers the legends and truths behind some of the most famous Christmas carols: Silent Night and The Twelve Days of Christmas.
REEP Advent Activities
The Religious Education and Environment Programme (REEP) has created unusual and thought-provoking Advent activities each year since 2001. Each activity is a unique experience.