The Eighth of December
Updated: Jan 4
December 8th : Themes for celebration and contemplation
If you are looking for some themes and points of interest to add to your advent countdown, the Bulldogz Christmas spirit is in full flow and we can provide you with some of the fun, serious and little known points of celebration for each day on this magical countdown.
Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day
This is a genuinely fun idea. A day dedicated to precisely what it describes. Pretend to be a time traveller for the day. This has been traced back to a blog post linked here. It sets out the basic rules for participating in the activity, they offer three types of time traveller and explain the idea is to stay in character, make really bad attempts to keep a low profile and never directly admit to being a time traveller.
The role-playing possibilities in class are endless, this could be used to develop characters and enact limitless conversation activities which are a little bit more imaginative.
Day of Lard
This is a concept that only came into being in only 2018 under the direction of the "Healthy Fats Coalition" as a celebration of traditional, authentic animal fat. This is, unsurprisingly, another of these weirdly wonderful American ideas. Curiously, a lard based cookie recipe still used in Spain, called Polvorones (and very traditional for Christmas time) dates back from the era of the Spanish inquisition when it was illegal to use anything but lard (in order to catch Jews and Muslims). This website has a widely used and simple recipe for Polvorones and provides the list of varying names the recipe has been given in various countries around the world.
The US newspaper "Lancaster Online" has a very interesting article on the production of lard through history on their website here.
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day
Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of December as a way for people to remember children who have died. Founded by the Compassionate Friends Organization in 1997.
World Choral Day
This event was first approved in 1990 on and around the second Sunday of December. Millions of singers across the world have been involved in concerts, festivals, sing-alongs. choral seminars, days of friendship and other events. Find out more at their website.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
A Catholic holiday celebrating the immaculate conception. This generally means that if you are in Spain, you get another holiday. If you want to know more, the wikipedia page is pretty substantive.