top of page

๐ŸŽ… "We wish you a Merry Christmas"๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿฅ‚



Here are some suggested activities to dip into for a Christmas themed CST Group.


Start the session by pulling a Christmas cracker together and putting on the hats and reading the jokes.




DISCUSSION TOPICS



Ask members the following questions, to promote discuss and recall.

- Things you most like about Christmas?


- The best or most memorable Christmas you ever had?


- The best Christmas present you ever got?


- The best Christmas present you ever gave?


- Your favourite Christmas food and drink?


- Your favourite Christmas songs?





IDIOMS


Ask members to complete the following phrases ...



Jesus Mary and - JOSEPH (And the wee little donkey!)


Away in a - MANGER


Three wise - MEN


The holly and the - IVY


Mulled - WINE


Underneath the - MISTLETOE


Good King - WENCESLAS


Rudolf the red nose - REINDEER


Robin - REDBREAST


Father - CHRISTMAS


Santa - CLAUS


Jack - FROST


Snow - FLAKE, BALL


White - CHRISTMAS


Ebenezer - SCROOGE


Advent - CALENDAR, CANDLE


Carol - SERVICE


Nativity - PLAY


Midnight - MASS


Cranberry - SAUCE


Sage and onion - STUFFING


Brussels - SPROUTS


Mince - PIES


Chocolate - LOG/COINS


Jingle - BELLS


Fairy - LIGHTS


Wrapping - PAPER/PRESENTS


King's - SPEECH


Christmas - TREE, DECORATIONS, CAROL, CRACKER, PRESENT, PUDDING, CAKE, EVE, DAY


Boxing - DAY


'Tis the season - TO BE JOLLY


We wish you a - MERRY CHRISTMAS (AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR)





Our first song, to get us in the right mood for the festive season is 'It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas', sung by Michael Buble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUiHsJrRNGE * LYRICS *





CHRISTMAS PAST



Next, discuss Christmas Past. Ask people to list things which remind them of Christmas. Here's a list to get things going:


IN THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS (ADVENT)


- Writing and receiving Christmas cards


- Posting letters to Santa


- Opening the Advent Calendar each day


- Decorating the Christmas tree, with tinsel and baubles


- Placing the angel, or robin, on top of the tree


- Putting up the crib


- Making paper chain decorations


- Twisting crepe paper trimmings


- Putting up the fairy lights


- Christmas and New Year Radio Times


- Picking holly and ivy


- Making a Blue Peter Advent Lantern


- Carol singers coming to the door


- Nativity Play in school


- Carol Service


- Peeling shallots for pickled onions


- Making a Christmas cake


- Baking mince pies


CHRISTMAS EVE


- Putting presents under the tree


- Putting the Christmas stocking at the foot of the bed


- Leaving a glass of milk and a minced pie for Father Christmas, and a carrot for Rudolph


- Carols from Kings


- Stuffing the turkey


- Peeling the veg


- Excitement


- Counting the hours


- Praying for snow


- Not being able to sleep


- Midnight mass


CHRISTMAS DAY


- Early mornings, excited children


- Christmas breakfast


- Bucks fizz


- Opening presents


- Selection box


- Christmas Annual


- Christmas jumper


- Socks from Granny


- Laying the table


- Pulling Christmas crackers


- Turkey, ham hock and beef


- Pigs in blankets


- Lumpy gravy


- Cranberry sauce


- Sprouts, and their after effects


- Flaming Christmas pudding


- Queens Speech


- The Christmas film (maybe list some films which people have enjoyed over the holidays * see below)


- Mince pies and Christmas cake


- Tangerines


- Nuts in a bowl and a nutcracker, which were always left over


- After Eights or a Chocolate Orange


- Tin of 'Family Circle' biscuits or 'Quality Street'


- A cup of Christmas cheer, such as warmed Mulled Wine, Hot Butter Rum or Irish coffee


- Common tipples were Baby Cham, Mateus Rose, Black Tower, Blue Nun, Snowball, a glass of Sherry or Port or Cherry brandy


- Too much alcohol and food and everyone asleep after dinner


- A kiss under the mistletoe



BOXING DAY


- Christmas sales


- Cold meats and pickles


- Bubble and squeak


- Turkey sandwiches for days afterwards


- Turkey curry


- Playing with games


- Watching even more TV


- Resting


- Going to the races


- Having drinks or parties


Singalong ...



'The 12 Days Of Christmas', The Spinners - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX0ehZan4lk


The above picture should serve as a lyric guide ...


How many birds are there in the last verse of the song?






MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ



By way of celebration, here is a 'Christmas Picture Quiz' to use for a CST group session, with some music suggestions thrown in. The quiz encourages reminiscence about Christmases past. Alternatively, you could use it for a family activity after Christmas dinner.


Happy Christmas to subscribers, followers and friends.

Nadolig Llawen


ROUND 1. Nature

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name these two Christmas shrubs?

Which Christmas song do they feature in?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name this poisonous parasite (you should never eat any part of it)?

What are you supposed to do with it?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name this Christmas flower?

(Has anyone ever managed to make it flower the following year?)


โ€‹

โ€‹ Which two animals are associated with the Christmas story?

Which two carols are they featured in?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the bird?

Which Victorian workers were named after this bird & hence came the association with Christmas?

โ€‹

โ€‹ How many sides does a snowflake always have?

Which carol includes the line "When the snow lay round about, Deep, and crisp, and even."?

โ€‹

โ€‹ A Christmas tree is usually what type of evergreen (three names)?

Trees that keep their leaves over winter are called what?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name this animal?

They are one of only three animals in the UK which sleep over winter. What is this process called?

(The other two are bats and dormice.)

โ€‹

โ€‹ What bird, pictured here, is after the cream?

Which vehicle used to deliver our milk? (They were the first electric vehicles and were well ahead of their time.)

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name this animal?

What are they called in North America?

(Factoid. If you look at one of these animals through a thermal camera their noses are in fact red.)



'Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer', The Crystals - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-UyRHNwpQ4


What were the names of the nine reindeer in 'Twas The Night Before Christmas'?



Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer Had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw it You would even say it glows


All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games


Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say "Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"


Then how the reindeer loved him As they shouted out with glee Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer You'll go down in history


Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say "Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"


Then how the reindeer loved him As they shouted out with glee Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer You'll go down in history You'll go down in history.





ROUND 2. Christmas Food & Drink


โ€‹ How do you make a 'Buck's Fizz'?

What is YOUR favourite cocktail?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name this starter (including the fruit)?

What sauce is it served with?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Why do sprouts make you fart?

Which nut are they often served with?

โ€‹

โ€‹ How do you tell if a cranberry is ripe?

a. How red it is

b. How high it bounces?

c. Whether it floats in water?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Does eating turkey make you sleepy?

Or is it being full?

Or the alcohol?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Which part of a turkey or chicken is lucky?

Who gets the luck?

โ€‹

โ€‹ What alcohol do you set aflame on a Christmas pudding?

Which coin was traditionally baked into one?

โ€‹

โ€‹ What is the yellow layer of a Christmas cake?

Which nut is it made from?

โ€‹

โ€‹ How do you make mulled wine?

What is the German name for it?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the nuts in this selection?

Do you eat nuts at Christmas?




Who invented Champagne and in which century?




Here are some hilarious clips of 'Fanny Craddock At Christmas' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2q-_J5-XadM





SINGALONG. 'The Christmas Song', Nat King Cole - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKhRnZZ0cJI


"Folks dressed up like Eskimos..." What is the correct name for the indigenous Eskimo people?

Where would you find them? - OR - What is the name of the snow and ice house they build?



Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos


Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe Help to make the season bright Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow Will find it hard to sleep tonight They know that Santa's on his way He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh And every mother's child is gonna spy To see if reindeers really know how to fly


And so I'm offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it's been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you


And so I'm offering this simple phrase To kids from one to ninety-two Although it's been said many times, many ways Merry Christmas to you





ROUND 3. Classic Christmas TV


โ€‹ Where does the carol concert come live from every Christmas Eve?

What is YOUR favourite carol?


โ€‹ Where does the Royal Family spend Christmas?

What time was Her Majesty on TV on Christmas Day?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the Christmas special?

Who came out from behind their news desk to dance in 1976? Here is the clip - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00bpkwp

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the Christmas special?

Name the characters? Comedy clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXcMbR_QRZU

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name this Christmas special?

Which characters are dressed as Batman & Robin?


Comedy clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEVeZU6nLe0&t=10s

โ€‹


โ€‹ Name this Christmas special?

Name the characters?


Comedy clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aq3DNSF-jc

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name this Christmas special?

What was the name of the dog, who was rescued on Christmas Day 1989?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the Christmas special?

Name the characters? Comedy clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFc_K2zCst4

โ€‹

โ€‹In which American TV Christmas special did Ross dress up for his son?

What was he dressed as?

(Does anyone remember the episode when Rachel made trifle with minced meat?)


โ€‹ Name the Christmas special?

Name the characters?

In which Welsh seaside town was it set?


Comedy clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcAUKOICPn4



SINGALONG. 'Jingle Bells', Frank Sinatra - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLf0-lro8X8


What was Frank Sinatra's nickname?





Round 4. Christmas Day Movies

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the 1946 Christmas movie?

Name the main character and the angel?


Carol link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfBAm-TnPks

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the 1951 Christmas movie?

Name the four ghosts?


Carol link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4MV4RLgFvE

โ€‹

โ€‹ The 1942 movie this 1953 remake was based on was called what?

What were the actors' names? Clip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMTd1X9c6kg

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the 1982 Christmas movie?

Who wrote the 1978 book it was based on?


Clip 'Walking In The Air' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upH1QZU4Z0Y&t=68s


โ€‹ Name the 1984 Christmas movie?

What should you never do, to avoid the Mogwai becoming little demons?

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the 1990 Christmas movie?

Who did the family leave behind and where did they go? Clip 'Oh Holy Night' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hczyxCbVtR8&t=3s

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the 1994 Christmas movie?

Who starred in it?


Clip - 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a8fpv8gGhY

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the 2001 Christmas movie?

Name the characters & actors?


Clip - 'All By Myself' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8iTZm8-mbA

โ€‹


โ€‹ Name the 2003 Christmas movie?

Name the actor?


Clip 'Baby It's Cold Outside' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7RMy7Vg0LU

โ€‹

โ€‹ Name the 2018 Christmas movie?

Name the actor?



'White Christmas', Bing Crosby - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3ZC45Q82pg


Where does snow have to fall for it to be declared a 'White Christmas'?

Who wrote this musical?



I'm dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow


I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write "May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white


I'm dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow


I'm dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white






Round 5. Christmas Carols




You could use this music with the readings below to hold a 'Carol Concert'. Make sure to print off lyric sheets.




๐Ÿ‘ผ 'Away In A Manger', Claire Crosby - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_wRmxQmU_o


What is a model of the stable and manger, that many of us display at Christmas, called?



โญ๏ธ 'Silent Night', Sinead O'Connor - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq5FAbdkZg4


What language was this carol written in?



๐ŸŽ… 'The First Noel', Josh Groban - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDeOmxccsD0


Can you name some famous Noels?



โ„๏ธ 'In The Bleak Midwinter', Jamie Cullum - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ELQ0ZoUkFM


Which name is associated with frost?



'Once In Royal David's City', Libera - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ze-Z3j0mErs


Where is 'Royal David's city'?



๐Ÿท 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', Pentatonix - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku7ohU1IGls