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The Nineteenth of December

Updated: Dec 18, 2022

December 19th: Themes for celebration and contemplation

Yes we are into the last week prior to the big day, and things start to get irregular at work. If you are looking for some fun stuff to do in class, take a look around our big toy sack of trinkets!

Second Christmas Film World Cup Quarter Final to be decided today with Elf and Gremlins up against eachother in a belter of a tie! Vote here!

December 19

A Christmas Carol

The 19th of December 1843 was the day that Charles Dickens published his classic "A Christmas Carol.

There are huge numbers of potential resources for teaching with this classic tale, have a series of teaching ideas to be found here.

The British Council and the BBC have produced a 90minute class with materials for adults and older teens found here.

December the 19th in History


  • 1606 – The ships Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery depart England carrying settlers who founded, at Jamestown, Virginia, the first of the thirteen colonies that became the United States

  • 1983 – The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


  • 1683 – Philip V of Spain (d. 1746)


  • 1999 – Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh soldier and actor (b. 1914)

  • 2015 – Jimmy Hill, English footballer, manager, and sportscaster (b. 1928)

Christmas films

A selfish, cynical television executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

As is well understood, a modern reimagining of the Charles Dickens story of Scrooge in his classic A Christmas Carol. Another of the healthy stable of 80s Christmas flicks.

Group F 1st seed: One of the Christmas Film World Cup heavy hitters 2010 Champion, with a quarter final elimination in 2014 and semi finalist in 2018. Scrooged is in quarter final action against It's A Wonderful Life on the 21st.

Christmas music

Dean Martin's "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow" was unable to escape the group stages for three competitions straight and then progressed all the way to the semi final in 2020. Learn more about this classic here.

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