Monday, 29 December 2008
Friday, 26 December 2008
An old tradition in my country: the living crib
The living Crib Rionero is divided into three main scenes that depict the key events of nativity. the Annunciation, where the archangel Gabriel revealed to Mary the imminent fulfillment of the birth of the Redeemer; the visit to Elizabeth; the Nativity, which depicts the scene of the Nativity occurred in a humble manger among animals. Here find all the most classic people of the crib.
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Friday, 19 December 2008
With great surprise of all children Santa Claus arrives at our school to bring many gift. Meantime we are completing greeting cards and gifts to donate to our family
In Italy they say Buon Natale
The Italian symbol for Christmas is the crib.
In England they say Merry Christmas
The symbol Holly is a shrub with spiny leaves and red berries. The leaves remain green throughout the year. Pagans thought its greenness was a promise that the sun would return. Early French and English families hung holly over their doors to symbolize a home in which Christ's birth is celebrated.
In Germany they say Frohe Weihnachten
Christmas is the most important festival of the year.
In Poland they say WESOŁYCH ŚWIĄT!
The symbol is a Christmas Eve wafer – consecrated bread to share during Christmas Eve dinner.
In Romania they say Craciun Fericiti
The symbol is a picture of Mary with baby Jesus.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Buon Natale - Piccolo coro
ZECCHINO D'ORO - Bianco Natale
Ninna nanna di pace Zecchino d'oro
Anche quest'anno è già Natale - Zecchino d'oro
A Natale puoi
Buon Natale in allegria
very used fram pupils of Primary school of Rionero in Vulture is this english song
Monday, 15 December 2008
Here is a link to a good website. It gives you some information about how we celebrate Christmas in England and there are also some video clips and Christmas activities for you to try in your school.
This is another useful website for you to look at:
http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/topic/topic3.htm#christmas Here you will find lots of printable activities, puzzles and stories.
Hope you find these websites useful! Merry Christmas!!!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
On Friday the 12th of December we attended a Christingle Service. All our pupils and teachers went to St. Martin's Church of England, this is the church our school is affiliated to. A Christingle is a symbolic object used during advent services. During the service we sang Christmas carols in the candlelight and our pupils gave readings and said special prayers to celebrate Jesus being born.
Before we went to Church each child made a Christingle. A Christingle consists of:
- an orange representing the world
- a red ribbon around it representing the blood of Jesus
- fruits and sweets (usually dolly mixtures) are skewered on 4 cocktail sticks which are pushed into the orange representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons
- a lighted candle is pushed into the centre of the orange representing Christ, the light of the world
Have a go at making a Christingle. Follow this link for instructions:
The photographs show our children making the Christingles in class and the service in church.
Monday, 8 December 2008
Here are some of photographs of our school grounds covered in snow.
Sunday, 7 December 2008
In Italy, Christmas is the most important festival of the year. Preparations are started long before, on embellish the countries with glittering writing, decorations and Christmas trees. Very popular is the tradition of living crib. About a week before Christmas are starting to buy gifts. On 24 December, Christmas Eve, usually spent at home with own family playing bingo, cards or telling stories of the past and participating in the traditional dinner. The night between 24 and 25 December, around half the night, it's celebrated midnight mass, which commemorates the birth of Baby Jesus. Then return home and open gifts. For children and adults this is the most beautiful time. Typical of Christmas is a great lunch with many courses and delicious dishes, which is involved the whole family and often even more distant relatives. It is in cheerful company and, at the end of the meal is always sweet: usually panettone, pandoro or other typical local sweets.
The slide below shows some aspects of my country at Christmas taken during a walk
Some useful links to learn more about how Christmas is celebrated in Italy, to listen to Christmas music, to create greeting cards and more
In the Primary School of Rionero Vulture the Christmas is a very important festival. Since the beginning of December we use decorate the lobby, rooms, corridors with the symbols of Christmas in order to make them more attractive and comfortable for the birth of Baby Jesus. The slide show several types of cribs, Christmas trees, posters, decorations made by pupils and how we embellish the school.
Friday, 5 December 2008
A nativity scene in the entrance of our school
A Christmas tree and wishing stars in our entrance. Every pupil has written a Christmas wish on a star and we have hung these from the ceiling.
Three wise men bringing gifts to baby Jesus.
Our Christmas tree in the hall with lots of sparking lights.
Another Christmas tree found in one of our classrooms.