It’s Christmas! But What’s It All About?
In this one-off class, learners will find out the Scandinavian roots of Yuletide and the Germanic figure of Sint Nickolaas and how they fit into the celebration we now call Christmas.
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I will focus on the historic and cultural roots of Christmas; of Yuletide and St Nikolaas and how they have moulded the celebration we today call Christmas. First, I will cover the winter solstice, the dying of the old year and looking forward to the longer and brighter days of the coming year following the solstice. I will talk about the 12 days of feasting with the Yule Log that burns on the fire for all 12 days and nights, which is why we eat chocolate Yule logs today. I will talk about...
The three celebrations that together make Christmas.
I lived in Belgium and so I have seen the Sint Nikolaas celebrations for myself. I speak Dutch so I can pronounce and explain the meaning of the names of the celebrations.
The learner can bring a present from a previous Christmas and/or their wish list for Santa Claus.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
I will avoid talking about Zwarte Piet due to the current conversations around his origins. I will simply refer to the friends of Sint Nikolaas.
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Hi! I am a teacher from England, UK. I have taught in UK schools and one school in Belgium. I have taught English online for five years. I am a regularly published writer, and have just released another novel. I teach English grammar lessons, and...