Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Christmas preparations in NORTH WHALES

I am Jemma Pugh from Brynteg School in North Wales, Wrexham. Our school enjoys celebrating Chirstmas, so we thought it would be a very good idea to join in with your project!

As we are a school in Wales, we learn the Welsh language at our school. At Christmas time, we learn Welsh words based on Christmas. Here are some for you to try (I have put the pronunciation in brackets to make it easier!):

Christmas - Nadolig (Nah-do-leeg)
Christmas Tree - Coeden Nadolig (Coy-den Nah-do-lig)
Present - Anrheg (An-r-eg)
Baby Jesus - Baban Iesu (Ba-ban Yes-ee)
Father Christmas - Sion Corn (Shorn Corn)
Star - Seren (Seh-ren)
Snow - Bwrw eira (bu-roo eh-ra)

We are practising our school Christmas play at the moment. Our Infant children (aged 3-7 years) tell the Christmas story. Our Junior children (aged 8-11) tell a traditional story. We perform our plays to our parents in a big Christmas concert. We enjoy singing Christmas carols too.

We send Christmas cards to our friends and family, and we give each other gifts on Christmas day.

We also enjoy eating some delicious Christmas food, such as Christmas pudding, mince pies and Christmas fruit cake.

On Christmas Eve, some children and adults go to Church at midnight to take part in Midnight Mass. This is a very special Church service where people sing Christmas carols and remember the Christmas story.

The children in our school write letters to Father Christmas, telling him what presents they would like for Christmas. Then they wait patiently on Christmas Eve and go to bed very early. Father Christmas visits every child's house on Christmas Eve and leaves a present. The children wake up very early on Christmas morning and open their presents.

In our country, the weather is very cold at Christmas time, so we are hoping that it will snow on Christmas day!

We hope our Christmas traditions have been interesting. We will send you some pictures soon to show you our Christmas pictures. We will also send you some Christmas cards for your children to have in their classroom.

Merry Christmas!

Jemma Pugh

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