Monthly Archives: December 2013

TRIVIA TRAIL # 5: CHRISTMAS CARDS

Question: What country did Christmas cards originate in? Answer: England. The first Christmas card appeared there in 1843 when a British civil servant, Sir Henry Cole, and his artist friend, John Horsley, designed one and sold copies of it for a shilling. That’s only 5p in the British money of today, but a rather expensive […]

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAPLE LEAF FLAG

A number of flags have been flown in Canada since John Cabot arrived in Newfoundland in 1497. Britain’s Union Jack had the longest run, lasting from 1621 to 1964. On December 15th, 1964, Canada’s House of Commons approved the maple leaf designed used today, and it was officially inaugurated on February 15th, 1965. 

ST. LUCIA DAY

St. Lucia’s Day is one of the biggest Christmas celebrations in Sweden, and is also celebrated in Norway, Finland, Denmark, Croatia, and Bosnia. St. Lucia was a young girl martyred for her faith in 304 AD. Because her feast day fell near the Winter Solstice, the monks who brought Christianity to Sweden used her story […]

HAPPY JAMHURI DAY

Jamhuri is the Swahili word for ‘republic’, and Jamhuri Day, or Republic Day, is one of Kenya’s most important holidays as it commemorates both the day on which the African country of Kenya achieved independence from the U.K. (December 12th, 1963) and the day it officially became a republic (December 12th, 1964). It is celebrated […]

HOLIDAY DVDs

Christmas movies abound, but these are some of my favourites that are set in the past, either by design, or because the era in which they were made now qualifies as the past. All Mine To Give / The Day They Gave Babies Away (1957) The Box Of Delights (1984) A Dog Of Flanders with […]

MAKING A GAME OF HISTORY # 5: HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

It’s Human Rights Day. Time to reflect on how far we’ve come, and how far we still have to go. And here’s a great game to download to help teach that. http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/human-rights/images/884732/title/human-rights-time-line-photo

GUESS WHAT? IT’S PRETEND TO BE A TIME TRAVELLER DAY!

Yes, there really is such a day. It started in 2007 on a social site called Koala Wallop. The original idea was for participants to pretend to be people from an earlier time who have landed in our time and are either fascinated or terrified by the experience. Alternatively, they could pretend they were from […]

REMEMBER PEARL HARBOUR

Japanese aeroplanes attacked the U.S.A.’s naval base in Hawaii around 8 a.m. on December 7th, 1941. The two-hour assault resulted in the destruction of, or damage to, most of the ships and aircraft there, the deaths of over two thousand soldiers and sailors, and the wounding of a thousand more. The next day, the U.S. […]

TRIVIA TRAIL # 4: ST. NICHOLAS DAY

Question: Does Santa really go all over the world in just one night? Answer: No. In some European countries, December 25th is strictly a religious holiday, so the children there get their presents from St. Nicholas on December 6th (St. Nicholas Day), and those in Russia and other Orthodox countries have to wait until January!  […]

HISTORIC CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS

 * Actual ornaments viewable on Zazzle site. Kids love to hang special ornaments on the tree, and a ceramic or pewter snowflake ornament with an original historic design is sure to please young history enthusiasts. Their creator, Richard Fay, even provides information on why they have historical significance.     White Rose of York: It is […]

Historical Debate Society for Girls and Boys

The Historical Debate Society for girls and boys is a society where kids can put their ideas about the latest historical debate and put their own debate. Join in!

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