Christmas Cheer



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.



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?

- Does anyone have any New Year’s resolutions?


IDIOMS

Ask members to complete the following phrases ...


Jesus Mary and - JOSEPH

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

Jingle - BELLS

Fairy - LIGHTS

Wrapping - PAPER

Queen's - SPEECH

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

Boxing - DAY

New year's - EVE, DAY, RESOLUTIONS

Auld Lang - SYNE

We wish you a merry - CHRISTMAS

(AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR)




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





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 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

- Icing the Christmas cake and decorating it

- 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

- 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, with a sixpence inside

- Pulling the wishbone

- Queens Speech

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

- Morecombe and Wise Christmas Show

- 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



- Tin of '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