The Silverdale Signal.
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
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
The Danish Flag
The Russian Flag
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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
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?
Where do hamsters come from?
What has 12 legs, six eyes, three tails and cant
Three blind mice!
What kind of pigs know karate?
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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.
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
Azerbaijani: Merry Christmas
Bosnian: Sretan Boi
Catalan: Bon Nadal
Cebuano: Merry Christmas
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
MERRY CHRISTMAS Hmong: Zoo siab Hnub Christmas
Hungarian: Boldog Karcsonyt
Icelandic: Gleileg jl
Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
Irish: Nollaig Shona
Italian: Buon Natale