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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


Name some Christmas drinks?



๐Ÿ˜‡ 'Hark The Herald Angels Sing', Carols From Kings - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bwn0k0k8xI


What does 'Hark' mean?

๐Ÿด 'Little Donkey', The Beverley Sisters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx1_a3vPxL4


What are male and female donkeys called?



๐Ÿ”” 'O Come All Ye Faithful', The Chieftains - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJSMr239C1c


Who will be going to Midnight Mass or a Carol Concert this year?



๐Ÿ‘ถ 'When A Child Is Born', Johnny Mathis - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCqhX89WV_0


What does the word 'Nativity' mean?



๐ŸŽ„ 'Mary's Boy Child', Boney M - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmm1gt_2SkQ&t=42s


What was the name of the angel who nine months before the birth of Jesus tells Mary, "Fear not, thou hast found favour with Godโ€?

('Feast Of The Annunciation')



๐Ÿฅ 'Little Drummer Boy', David Bowie & Bing Crosby - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCpXMy5GalI


Name some drums?



๐Ÿซ 'We Three Kings', The Beach Boys - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiilNhApyQM


What gifts did the 'Three Wise Men' bring to Bethlehem?

What were their names?

('Feast Of The Epiphany')



๐Ÿ‘‘ 'Good King Wenceslas', The Irish Rovers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-b4bo4YOvQ


What day is the 'Feast Of Stephen'?



๐Ÿ‘ 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks', Trinity College Choir - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ud6BoAE4wI


It is widely thought that the 'Star Of Bethlehem' was in fact which planet?





Some Christmas Readings



READING. 'A Child's Christmas In Wales', Dylan Thomas (Read by Michael Sheen) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVunVzveQd4





READING: 'A Visit from St. Nicholas'. Read by Clement Clarke Moore - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hilcNtDjr8c



Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;


The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap;


When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.


The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering sight should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,


With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;


"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!

On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"


As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.


And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,

The prancing and pawing of each little hoofโ€”

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.


He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,

And he look'd like a pedlar just opening his pack.


His eyesโ€”how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;


The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook when he laughed, like a bowlfull of jelly.


He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;


He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

And fill'd all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;


He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night."





















Round 6. Christmas Hits


โ›„๏ธ 'Merry Christmas Everyone', Shakin' Stevens - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-PyWfVkjZc


In his other hit, what colour door was he behind?



๐ŸŽ 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day', Wizard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJPc7esgvsA


Who founded 'Wizzard' and was their lead singer (he also co-founded E.L.O.)?



๐ŸŽ„ 'Merry Christmas Everybody', Slade - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTslBTBl1X8


What was the name of the lead singer?



๐Ÿš˜ 'Driving Home For Christmas', Chris Rea - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncBhlA1Kmys


He had another hit about a road to where?



๐ŸŽ… 'Do They Know It's Christmas', Band Aid - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3fSknbR7Y4


Which two pop stars formed 'Band Aid'?



๐Ÿ”ซ 'Stop The Cavalry', Jona Lewie - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HkJHApgKqw


In another hit, in which room would you always find him?



๐ŸŽ„ 'Wonderful Christmastime', Paul McCartney - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94Ye-3C1FC8


What his other Christmas hit with 'Wings'?



๐Ÿท 'Mistletoe And Wine', Cliff Richard - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZCEBibnRM8


What was his 1990 Christmas number 1?



๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ 'Fairytale Of New York', The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8


What does 'N.Y.P.D.' stand for?



๐Ÿ’‹ 'All I Want For Christmas Is You', Maria Carey - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY


This song featured in the film 'Love Actually'. Who played the newly elected Prime Minister and his girlfriend in that film?



โœŒ๏ธ 'Happy Christmas (War Is Over)', John Lennon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_kj60DIq2M


Who co-wrote this song?



๐ŸฆŒ 'Last Christmas', Wham - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8gmARGvPlI


Name the two singer-songwriters in 'Wham'?



๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿš€ 'A Spaceman Came Travelling', Chris De Burgh - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmZg7tvGN9o


What star sign was Jesus?



๐ŸŽ… 'I Believe In Father Christmas', Greg Lake - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfY4b1NszpY


What are Father Christmas's other names?





BEST EVER CHRISTMAS ADVERTS



Next run the following YouTube Playlist and ask members to choose the 'Best TV Christmas Advert Ever'. Rank them as you go along.

- 2013 John Lewis โ€˜The Hare And The Bearโ€™ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW2EmATcb6o



- 2014 Sainsbury โ€˜Christmas Truceโ€™ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWF2JBb1bvM



- 2014 John Lewis โ€˜Monty The Penguinโ€™ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kkfYYB0Rao



- 2014 Mulberry 'Win Christmas' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK0fKEvgXJo


- 2015 Sainsbury 'Mog's Christmas Calamity' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuRn2S7iPNU&t=72s



- 2016 John Lewis โ€˜Buster The Boxerโ€™ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8hXrsOx-cs

- 2017 M&S โ€˜Paddington And The Christmas Visitorโ€™ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfaSxIkLslE

- 2017 BBC โ€˜Single Dadโ€™ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PstSiTCk74

- 2017 Waitrose โ€˜Christmas Togetherโ€™ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in8XhKocXlM

- 2019 John Lewis 'Edgar The Dragon' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xGW_M0O4xI


- 2022 John Lewis 'The Beginner' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z0jfP2gCIs


- 2018 'He Nicked My Irn Bro' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yZOab5gl-4



- 2020 Coca Cola 'The Letter' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARGMY28oBto

("I seem to have something in my eye" ๐Ÿฅน)




BEST EVER CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKES


To continue the tone of good humour and festive spirit, ask members to complete or rate the following 'Best Ever Christmas Cracker Jokes'.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas? ๐ŸŽ One that's deep pan, crisp and even!

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What did Adam say to his wife on the day before Christmas? ๐ŸŽ It's Christmas, Eve!

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ How many letters are in the Christmas alphabet? ๐ŸŽ 25. Thereโ€™s "no EL"!

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations? ๐ŸŽ Tinsilitis!

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What does the Queen call her Christmas Broadcast? ๐ŸŽ The One Show!

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„How did Mary and Joseph know that Jesus was 7lb 6oz when he was born? ๐ŸŽ They had a weigh in a manger!

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire? ๐ŸŽ Frostbite!

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What do you call a blind reindeer? ๐ŸŽ No eye deer!

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Why was the snowman looking through the carrots? ๐ŸŽ He was picking his nose.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Why did Santa's helper have to see the Psychologist? ๐ŸŽ Low elf esteem.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Why did the scarecrow get a promotion? ๐ŸŽ He was outstanding in his field.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit? ๐ŸŽ No Brussels.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Whatโ€™s round and bad tempered? ๐ŸŽ A vicious circle.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Why are pirates called pirates? ๐ŸŽ Because they arrrrrrr!

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What goes "Oh, Oh, Oh"? ๐ŸŽ Santa walking backwards.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What do you call a woman who stands between two goal posts? ๐ŸŽ Annette.

๐ŸŽ„ Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? ๐ŸŽ A mince spy.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Why did no-one bid for Rudolph and Blitzen on eBay? ๐ŸŽ Because they were two deer.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Why couldnโ€™t the skeleton go to the Christmas party? ๐ŸŽ He had no body to go with.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What do you call a train loaded with toffee? ๐ŸŽ A chew chew train.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Why are Christmas trees very bad at knitting? ๐ŸŽ Because they always drop their needles.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Why did the pony have to gargle? ๐ŸŽ Because it was a little horse.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What do snowmen have for breakfast? ๐ŸŽ Snowflakes.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What does Miley Cyrus have for her Christmas dinner? ๐ŸŽ Twerky.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What did Cinderella say when her photos didnโ€™t arrive on time?

๐ŸŽ One day my prints will come.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What did Santa do when he went speed dating? ๐ŸŽ He pulled a cracker.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What do you call a boomerang that does not come back? ๐ŸŽ A stick.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ My wife rearranged all the herbs in the cupboard. I asked "how do you find the time?" ๐ŸŽ She said "Next to the sage."

๐ŸŽ„ What do you call a line of men waiting for a haircut? ๐ŸŽ A barber queue.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Who is Santa's favourite singer? ๐ŸŽ Elfis Presley.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Why has Santa been banned from sooty chimneys?

๐ŸŽ Carbon footprints.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ How did King Charles III sign his Christmas cards to his family?

๐ŸŽ The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ Why are the Government having problems with their own version of the Christmas Nativity?

๐ŸŽ They canโ€™t find three wise men.

โ€‹๐ŸŽ„ What do people heating their homes and wrapping paper have in common this Christmas?

๐ŸŽ Both of them are getting ripped off.




Final song ...



'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zflY5K63-wM






PRACTICAL ACTIVITIES


Buy small Christmas presents, for example selection boxes, and some sellotape and wrapping paper. Wrap presents together, so that everyone takes a gift home with them to give to their loved one.


Make Christmas Cards, purchasing the card, coloured pens, stickers and stamps etc to help people along the way. Hobby Craft or a similar shop is a great resource.


Sing Christmas Carols together. Prepare music sheets.


Refreshments. Make a Mulled Wine (with non alcoholic red wine, sliced oranges, a teaspoon of five spice and some lemonade to sweeten - warm it in a pan) and enjoy a glass of this with a mince pie.


Ice a ready made Christmas cake. Use a coating of apricot jam, a layer of marzipan, ready made icing and cake decorations. Share this later in the session, or have people take a slice home with them.



Make some old fashioned Christmas decorations, out of crepe paper or paper chains.












7 swans-a-swimming, 6 geese-a-laying, 4 colly birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree (23 birds)


Round 1 Answers


Holly & Ivy / 'The Holy And The Ivy'


Mistletoe / Kiss under it


Ponsettia


Sheep & Donkey / 'While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks' & 'Little Donkey'


Robin Red Breast / The tradition of sending Christmas cards started in Victorian times. Royal Mail Postmen, who wore bright red uniforms, delivered these cards. This earned them the nickname of 'redbreast'. Hence the association with Christmas was made.


Six / 'In The Bleak Midwinter'


Christmas Trees are usually Spruce, Fir or Pine / Evergreen


Hedgehog / Hibernation


Blue Tit / Milk Float


Reindeer / Caribou