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Seasonal and festive activities

19th December 2020 - 3rd January 2021


Seasonal and festive activities

This year, our traditional celebrations are more important than ever as we all missed out on so much togetherness with our families and communities during 2020.

Updated 17th  December 2020
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  1. Make your own Christmas Crackers with Sarah Walpole.
  2. If you have children under 5 then have a go at doing The Wild Winter Challenge!
  3. Visit Mr Kriss in Corby town centre, and take your photo with an enormous Santa!
  4. If you want to bring a bit of festivity to your home, try one of these fantastic tutorials to make your own wreath.
  5. Find loads of creative inspiration for the festive season on the Fantastic For Families website.
  6. Throughout December, the Nene Valley Methodist Circuit are helping people get creative with their fun Thrifty Christmas and Messy Advent online sessions to help you get in the Christmas spirit.
  7. In 2020, Hanukkah is celebrated from sundown of December 10th – 18th, and if you like dancing you might like these rousing Hannukah songs.
  8. If you’re missing your usual theatre trips, on 15th December KOS Musical Theatre Company are holding a KOS Virtual Christmas Show.
  9. At 6pm on 16th December BBC Radio Northampton will be playing a selection of popular Christmas Carols for a socially distant Carol concert. They invite people across Northamptonshire to stand on their doorstep to join in with a community singalong. Song sheets can be downloaded from the BBC Radio Northampton website as well as a poster to encourage neighbours to get involved.
  10. On Saturday 19th December at 10.30am Northamptonshire Music Education Hub are hosting an Xmas online Relaxed Singalong!
  11. Join Olaf Falafel’s Christmas Art Club live on YouTube on Monday 21st December.
  12. The shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, falls on Monday 21st December in 2020 and is an important date in cultures all over the world. In a ‘normal’ year in England this date,  is usually celebrated at Stonehenge , however this year you can watch the sunrise live-streamed from the stones. See on Youtube how it’s been celebrated in previous years at the stones or listen to Jethro Tull’s Solstice Bells.
  13. On 23rd December the local community are invited to join the Borough Council of Wellingborough to officially countdown to Christmas at the annual light switch-on.
  14. If you’d like a green festive table decoration, have a go at making a Yule log out of things you can find in your garden.  In pre-Christian Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul, or Yule, lasted for 12 days celebrating the rebirth of the sun, giving rise to the custom of burning a Yule log.
  15. Many of us have a decorated tree around this time of year, but have you ever wondered about the origins of the Christmas tree, that was also decorated during Yule?
  16. At 6pm on 24th December there will be a Worldwide Christmas Eve Jingle for 2 minutes, so if you would like to get involved, simply stand on your doorstep and ring a bell! If you have no bell at home you can find bell sound effects online that you could play through your smartphone.
  17. Jolabokaflod is a hugely popular tradition in Iceland of giving books at Christmas.  On Christmas Eve, families and friends gather at home and after their main meal, they exchange books as presents. Then they spend the rest of the evening reading them. The literal translation is ‘Yule Book Flood’ and it’s a tradition that has been enjoyed by Icelanders for more than 70 years.
  18. If you’re looking to connect with others on Christmas Day, see the WEA website for details of an all-day zoom session with Christmas carols, games, funny poems, learn how to make a festive wreath, quiz and a sing-a-long.
  19. Kwanzaa is celebrated from 26th December until 1st January each year. Try these Kwanzaa crafts, read some Kwanzaa poems and find out more HERE.
  20. 26th December is also the Feast of Stephen, which is mentioned in the carol Good King Wenceslas, beautifully performed here by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.
  21. In Japan, Hatsu is a list of ‘firsts’ that are observed during the first two weeks of each New Year, including letters and poems. In 2021 it will be the Year of the Ox.
  22. On 6th January is the fest of the Epiphany – hear We Three Kings of Orient Are sung by Angel City Chorale.
  23. In November Diwali was celebrated widely and we published some lovely ideas for making traditional Rangoli patterns and Diya lights, along with a competition.
  24. It’s always worth checking the Corby Library and Wellingborough Library facebook pages for more local festive events and crafty ideas.
  25. Remember to visit the Love Corby, Nene Valley, Willow Place, Swansgate and Northamptonshire Britain’s Best Surprise website for even more seasonal events throughout the county.

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