December 01, 2015
The Holidays are coming!!
Get your Advent Calendars at the ready – the countdown is upon us for the most wonderful time of the year! From John Lewis adverts to mince pies, we love absolutely everything Yuletide related. Christmas is a worldwide cultural and religious celebration; it’s the time of year that is renowned for everyone being cosy, comfy and close to loved ones – however it is always important to remember those who will be alone this Christmas.
All of One Day’s chosen charities strive to help disadvantaged people over the festive period, from the Norfolk based charity ‘Break’ who distribute Christmas hampers to Martin House who created the event ‘Light up a Life’ which is in support of remembering someone special through this season. The NSPCC also creates Christmas Fundraiser packs and in 2012 UNICEF, in partnership with Easy Jet, raised over £1 million through generous donations made from passengers after many Easy Jet cabin crew and pilots, across Europe, dressed up as Santa.
The notion of Christmas originates from Biblical times, the celebration is in aid of the birth of Jesus Christ, whom in the christian religion was believed to be a Saviour. Over the centuries the religious celebration turned into a global one, with the introduction of gift giving, Father Christmas, mulled wine, Christmas Dinner and best of all, the Christmas Tree. The Christmas Tree originates from the Hebrews – their idea of having a decorated tree in your house over Christmas was that it symbolised eternal life due to it being evergreen. Interestingly, the orginal Christmas Tree would be decorated with edibles such as fruits and nuts. There are many different ideas on when to put up and take down Christmas Tree’s, however it is still a common fable that to put your tree up any earlier than the 12th night is bad luck!
The original story surrounding Christmas time is the biblical nativity. The nativity is popularly adapted within Primary and Secondary Schools for Christmas play’s and end of term productions. Here at One Day we have plenty of Christmas themed workshops – our brand new Alice in Winter Wonderland pantomime is set to bring Christmas magic to School halls this December and our ever famous panto ‘The Christmas that was nearly missed’ was designed to give Year 6’s a memorable last Christmas at their schools.
All in all Christmas is a wonderful time of year, here at One Day we are already getting into the Christmas Spirit. As we use any excuse to dress up, the pantomime props are coming out in celebration! In the Festive Spirit we have also launched a One Day Christmas Competition! Send us over your festive staff-room picture to email@example.com and the winner will receive a fantastic One Day prize!
We wish you all a very merry christmas, filled with laughter, fun and lots and lots of food!!
Jess and the One Day Team!
Ho Ho Ho Ho! xx