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  • The Silverdale Signal.

    December 2014

    Headline News!

    The Christmas Truce 1914.

    Christmas in Denmark In Denmark most people go to a Church Service on

    Christmas Eve about 4.00pm to hear the Christmas

    Story. When they get home the main Christmas meal is

    eaten between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. It's served on a

    beautifully decorated table. Most people, after dinner,

    dance around the Christmas Tree before they open

    their presents.

    Most families have a 'ris la mande' (a special kind of

    rice pudding, made of milk, rice, vanilla, almonds and

    whipped cream) for dessert. All but one of the almonds

    are chopped into pieces. The person who finds the

    whole almond gets a present.

    On Christmas Day people meet with their family and

    have a big lunch together with Danish open-faced

    sandwiches on rye-bread.

    In Denmark, children believe that their presents are

    brought by the 'Julemanden' (which means 'Christmas

    Man'). He looks very similar to Santa Claus and also

    travels with a sleigh and reindeer. He lives in

    Greenland, likes rice pudding and is helped by 'nisser'

    which are like elves.

    In Danish Happy/Merry Christmas is 'Gldelig Jul'.

    Some people in Denmark give and receive extra

    Advent presents on the four Sundays of Advent.

    Christmas Parties are held from 1st November to

    24th December where a good time is had by all.

    Did YOU Know

    Birds need gravity to swallow.

    Reindeer like bananas!

    Elephants sleep for between 4-5 hours in a 24hour


    A quarter of your bones are in your feet.

    If you write swims and turn the paper upside down it will

    still stay swims!

    It happened in December

    1st December 1990 ~ Channel Tunnel links Britain and France.

    8th December 1980 ~ John Lennon (The Beatles) is shot dead.

    14th December 1918 ~ Women can vote in the General Election.

    20th December 1928 ~ Harry Ramsden opens first fish and

    chip shop.



    1066 ~

    William the



    King of


    The Danish Flag

    The Russian Flag

  • The Silverdale Signal

    December 2014

    Feature of the Month

    By Lauren Newton


    Reindeer live in the Northern parts of North America

    including Canada and Alaska also in Europe, Russia and

    Greenland. They live on tundras. A tundra is a vast

    flat, treeless Arctic Region.

    Reindeer are herbivores meaning they are plant

    eaters. They eat lichen a type of moss, grass and

    plants. A reindeer can live up to 15 years in the wild.

    A reindeer has brown soft fur with white fur on their

    neck and parts of their back. They can weigh

    anywhere between 240-700 pounds. Reindeer are

    usually 4-5 ft tall not including their antlers. Their

    antlers are 3ft tall! Did you know that reindeer are

    the only deer in which both male and females grow

    antlers. They shed their antlers in the winter. Like a

    humans fingerprint no two reindeer antlers are

    exactly the same.

    Reindeer migrate south during the winter and in the

    summer the reindeer migrate North. During the

    summer they migrate North. The trip is 1,200 miles

    roundtrip. That is one of the worlds largest


    Their hooves are used to dig for food in the

    snow. The outer edges of their hooves are sharp

    which help them walk on ice and rocks.

    Did you know that reindeer can run 50 miles per hour!

    A male reindeer is called a Buck. A female reindeer is

    called a Doe. A baby reindeer is called a Fawn. A

    mother usually gives birth to one fawn a year but

    sometimes two are born. A fawn is usually 10-11

    pounds when born. A reindeers milk has more fat

    than cows.

    Can you name all of Santas


    Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and we cant forget

    What A RECORD!

    By Cameron Upton

    The tallest Mohican was 113.5cm.

    The largest football made from leather was 125 feet.

    The most venomous jellyfish is the box jellyfish

    which is found off the coast of Australia. One

    jellyfish can produce enough poison to kill 60 humans!

    The largest earthquake happened in Chile on the

    22nd May 1960.

    Joke of the Month

    What did the cat have for breakfast?

    Mice Crispies!

    Where do hamsters come from?


    What has 12 legs, six eyes, three tails and cant


    Three blind mice!

    What kind of pigs know karate?

    Pork Chops

  • The Silverdale Signal

    December 2014

    The Man behind the Story of St Nicholas

    By Isabella Trevett

    St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century AD in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called

    Turkey). He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of money. He

    was also a very kind man and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who

    needed it. There are several legends about St. Nicholas, although we don't know if any of them are true!

    The most famous story about St. Nicholas tells how the custom of hanging up stockings to get presents first

    started! It goes like this:

    There was a poor man who had three daughters. He was so poor, he did not have enough money for a dowry, so

    his daughters couldn't get married. (A dowry is a sum of money paid to the bridegroom by the brides parents

    on the wedding day. This still happens in some countries, even today.) One night, Nicholas secretly dropped a

    bag of gold down the chimney and into the house (This meant that the oldest daughter was then able to be

    married.). The bag fell into a stocking that had been hung by the fire to dry! This was repeated later with the

    second daughter. Finally, determined to discover the person who had given him the money, the father secretly

    hid by the fire every evening until he caught Nicholas dropping in a bag of gold. Nicholas begged the man to

    not tell anyone what he had done, because he did not want to bring attention to himself. But soon the news got

    out and when anyone received a secret gift, it was thought that maybe it was from Nicholas.

    Because of his kindness Nicholas was made a Saint. St. Nicholas is not only the saint of children but also of


    How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus

    In the 16th Century in Europe, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas had become very unpopular.

    But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, he became 'Father Christmas', a

    character from old children's stories; in France, he was then known as 'Pre Nel'; in Germany, the 'Christ

    Kind'. In the USA his name was 'Kris Kringle'. Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St.

    Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle became 'Sinterklaas' or as we now say 'Santa Claus'!

    Many countries, especially ones in Europe, celebrate St. Nicholas' Day on 6th December. In Holland and some

    other European Countries, children leave clogs or shoes out to be filled with presents. They also believe that if

    they leave some hay and carrots in their shoes for Sinterklaas's horse, they will be left some sweets.

  • The S

    Christmas is coming !

    By Brody Sayle

    Christmas is celebrated all over the world. But how is Merry Christmas said in different languages? Afrkaans: Gesende Kersfees

    Albanian: Gzuar Krishtlindjet

    Armenian: :

    Azerbaijani: Merry Christmas

    Basque: Eguberri



    Bosnian: Sretan Boi


    Catalan: Bon Nadal

    Cebuano: Merry Christmas

    Chinese (Simplified):

    Chinese (Traditional):

    Croatian: Sretan Boi

    Czech: Vesel Vnoce

    Danish: Gldelig jul

    Dutch: vrolijk kerstfeest

    English: Merry Christmas

    Esperanto: Felia Kristnasko

    Estonian: Hid jule

    Filipino: Maligayang Pasko

    Finnish: Hyv Joulua

    French: Joyeux Nol

    Galician : Bo Nadal

    Georgian: Merry Christmas

    German: Frohe Weihnachten



    Hatian Creole: Jwaye Nwl

    Hebrew :


    MERRY CHRISTMAS Hmong: Zoo siab Hnub Christmas

    Hungarian: Boldog Karcsonyt

    Icelandic: Gleileg jl

    Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal

    Irish: Nollaig Shona

    Italian: Buon Natale