This talk takes you back in time to explain why we celebrate Christmas in the many ways that we do. It is also a collection of stories and tales about our most popular festival, full of surprises, humour, and happy memories of Christmases from our own pasts.
Who really is Father Christmas and where does he come from - and why do we sometimes call him Santa Claus?
Who invented Christmas Crackers; how did Christmas Pudding come from; and why do we bring trees inside our homes and then hang decorations on them?
Why is turkey called 'turkey' and why do we send each other sheets of coloured folded card to our family and friends once a year?
I'm sure you would like to learn all about pantomimes (Oh no we wouldn't!).
What is the best way to cook sprouts, and how should mince pies be served? Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?
Who invented Christmas Carols and when did the Queen begin giving a Christmas message on the television?
When did Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer forst appear?
These and many more questions will be answeredin this talk, which will also take you back to your childhood as I bring back memories of Grottos; letters to Father Christmas being sent up the chimney; leaving out sherry, mince pie, and a carrot on Christmas Eve; of 'The Christmas Alphabet' and 'The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot'; and of school Christmas Parties - and so much more.