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The origin of Christmas

  • 6 december 2019
  • Niveau: Havo/vwo bovenbouw
  • Bron: Youtube
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Before watching – discuss in groups of four

  1. What do you think of when you think about Christmas?
  2. What do you know about the origin of Christmas?
  3. How does Christmas compare to the Dutch Sinterklaas for you?

During watching

  1. What did people celebrate during Christmas time before Jesus was born?
  2. What did the Roman soldiers and officials celebrate? And what’s the connection to Christmas?
  3. When was Jesus born?
  4. What do the trees symbolize?
  5. What’s the connection with the Dutch Sinterklaas?
  6. Who reinvented the modern story of Santa Claus?


If you are interested in more information, read this article and answer the questions below.

  1. Some people say Santa Claus’s red suit is originated from Coca Cola ads. Is that true according to this article?
  2. What is Santa Claus based on according to this article?
  3. What is the connection with Santa Claus with Coca Cola, if any?
  4. Discuss: Do you think Santa Claus and Coca Cola are a good match and why?
  5. Is Christmas the same without Santa Claus or Jesus? Why?
  6. Discuss: Which festivity do you like better, Santa Claus or Sinterklaas and why?


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