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The Fifteenth of December

December 15th: 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.

The second set of Last 16 matches to be decided today in the Christmas Film World Cup. Vote here!

December 15

International Tea Day

A celebration since 2005 in tea producing countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Bangladesh. It is commonly used as a campaign tool to raise awareness for fair trade policies and global trade impacts on tea workers.

The Fairtrade Foundation have provided a teaching resource on fair trade tea here.

We at Bulldogz produced an article on the history of tea here.

Cat herders day

Not so much a day for cat lovers but more a day for those whose life or jobs feels like herding cats. No matter how organised you may be, you will be unable to manage your tasks and objectives.

A teaching exercise could be a simple warm up exercise to elicit original phrases that capture the idea of cat herding.

e.g Dog Washer, Mice minder, Elephant foot washer, Kindagarten teacher....

To help visualize the idea this American TV commercial plays with the idea of Cat herding as a job,

December 15th in History


  • 1903 – Italian American food cart vendor Italo Marchiony receives a U.S. patent for inventing a machine that makes ice cream cones


  • AD 37 – Nero, Roman emperor (d. 68)


  • 1944 – Glenn Miller, American bandleader and composer (b. 1904)

  • 1966 – Walt Disney, American animator, director, producer, and screenwriter, co-founded The Walt Disney Company (b. 1901)

  • 2011– Christopher Hitchens, English-American essayist, literary critic, and journalist (b. 1949)

Christmas films

A romantic comedy in which a British and American woman swap homes for a Christmas holiday.

While the American based storyline struggles to capture the heart, the British blossoming love story in fireside pubs and cottages with snow bound Cotswold scenery is always a winner, with eye candy for all!

Group B Second Seed that will face Home Alone in the Quarter Final on the 18th December.

2010: Last 16 defeat by The Snowman

2018: Last 16 defeat by Home Alone

Christmas music

This record divides opinion, but Band Aid Do they know it's Christmas time (Feed the world) still gets airtime every year. Discover more about the greatest charity single of all time here.

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