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What is Shrovetide? Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is a game played in the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Unlike a conventional football match this game … Continue reading

04/03/2014 · Leave a comment

Fool’s Day

April Fools’ Day, sometimes called All Fools’ Day, is one of the most light-hearted days of the year. Its origins are uncertain. Some see it as a celebration related to the … Continue reading

01/04/2013 · Leave a comment


The Shamrock , the symbol of Ireland, is said to have been used by Saint Patrick to illustrate the Christian doctrine of the Trinity  when he first arrived in Ireland in the 5th century. On St. Patrick’s … Continue reading

17/03/2013 · Leave a comment

Mothering Sunday

A day each year when people give a card or present to their mother or do something special for her. Thank You Mom is a video in which real people … Continue reading

10/03/2013 · Leave a comment


Australian person. Every 26th January Australians celebrate Australia Day, the national holiday marking the moment of British colonisation in 1788. Although cities and towns sometimes organise large-scale picnics, Aussies prefer gatherings … Continue reading

25/01/2013 · Leave a comment

All the trimmings

Extra things which complete or improve the appearance of something. “In my family, we have always had Christmas with all the trimmings, so we have a Christmas tree, decorations, gifts, … Continue reading

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To make a repeated gentle ringing sound, or to make things do this. Ex: She waited for him by the car, jingling the keys in her hand. The coins jingled in … Continue reading

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The night before Christmas

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The Snowman

The Snowman is a children’s book without words by English author Raymond Briggs, first published in 1978. In 1982, this tale -the story of a boy who builds a snowman on … Continue reading

21/12/2012 · 1 Comment

Santa’s Christmas

  Christmas Quiznet

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A happy or religious song, usually one sung at Christmas.

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A belief, principle or way of acting which people in a particular society or group have continued to follow for a long time. What do you usually eat at Christmas? … Continue reading

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The Nativity

The birth of Jesus Christ, which is celebrated by Christians at Christmas. A story that can be told digitally …….. or by kids. Before watching the video, answer with your … Continue reading

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Poppy Day

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day or Armistice Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of … Continue reading

09/11/2012 · Leave a comment