This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentation on Celebrating Christmas Traditions - Christmas Carols & The Christmas Truce of 1914. The total number of slides in the presentations is 36. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
The word “Carol” means to dance to something or sing a song of praise and joy! Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas Carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced round stone circles. Early Christians took over the pagan solstice celebrations for Christmas and gave people Christian songs to sing instead of pagan ones.
Soon after this, many composers all over Europe started to write 'Christmas carols'. Not many people liked them as they were all written and sung in Latin, a language that the normal people couldn't understand.
The earliest carol, was written in 1410. Sadly, only a very small fragment of it still exists. The carol was about Mary and Jesus meeting different people in Bethlehem. Most Carols from this time and the Elizabethan period are untrue stories, very loosely based on the Christmas story, about the holy family and were entertaining rather than religious songs. They were usually sung in homes rather than in churches! Traveling singers or Minstrels started singing these carols and the words were changed for the local people wherever they were traveling.
Christmas music today, features all sorts of seasonal music from the religious to the secular, from the serious to the comical. Carol singing is very popular in churches and makes up some of the most beautiful music ever created. Communities and individuals alike encourage Christmas music to be celebrated as an integral part of the annual Christmas Holiday season. Many media outlets play non-stop Christmas music during the entire holiday season. Carolers still roam the streets in many cities.
Arguably, the most well-known and recognized Christmas Carol is “Silent Night.”
Power point #1 is entitled, Holidays – Celebrating Christmas Traditions – Christmas Carols and contains 20 slides and covers the following:
The First Carols
“Carols by Candlelight”
Christmas Carols Today
Legend of “Silent Night”
Christmas Truce of 1914
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Leading up to Christmas, there were several peace attempts by both sides. One example being the 'Open Christmas Letter' which was a public message for peace addressed to the Women of Germany and Austria and signed by over 100 British Suffragists. On December 7, 1914, Pope Benedict XV suggested a temporary hiatus of the war for the celebration of Christmas.
The warring countries refused to create any official cease-fire, but on Christmas, 1914 the soldiers in the trenches declared their own unofficial truce. During World War I, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in many places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies.
The Christmas Truce of 1914 was remarkable event which was the first and last of its kind to ever occur.
Power point #2 is entitled, Holidays – The Christmas Truce of 1914 and contains 16 slides and covers the following:
Humanity at Its Best
Honoring the Dead
One Soldiers Thoughts
Scrooge Also Appeared
Press Coverage (2)
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This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... Holidays & Anniversaries.