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Santa Claus and all things Christmas
Christmas is celebrated all over the world. A Christian festival that is enjoyed with traditions and stories. But who was St Nicolas and how did Santa Claus come about? Who developed the story of Santa’s reindeer and when did sending Christmas cards start and why do we put a fairy on top of the tree? A light-hearted history of the origins of well-loved traditions.
Talk length - 30 minutes.
Sandy Leong is an historian, passionate about bringing history to life and is a lively and entertaining speaker. She has a popular series of entertaining, light hearted talks on general historical subjects. However she specialises in the Tudors, an exciting time in the country as it was changing fast; and in the Viking period, who are much more than the stereotype of raiders in horned helmets. She is an international, professional speaker, and published author.
Tis the Season to be Jolly
Christmas time! A look back at some of our Christmas traditions, celebrations and favourite toys! Enjoy a few carols and a look at the films we’ve watched at Christmas time.
Talk length - 49 minutes.
Kath Reynolds - My library role allowed me the opportunity to develop my passion for reminiscence work both in terms of delivering sessions and training others. Together with a colleague from Stoke-on-Trent Museums, I wrote an OCN accredited course, "Delivering Reminiscence". This course was very successful and was delivered by myself for more than six years. I am keenly interested in people; their lives and their communities - my talks and reminiscence sessions reflect a great many years of collecting stories, memories and musings from the people of Staffordshire and surrounding counties. I am always vigilant to research and verify "facts" which are presented to me - although I often share the "facts" which are clearly fiction... purely because they are entertaining!
A Christmas Entertainment
The ever popular Bob and Dot present a feast of anecdotes and music on a seasonal theme. Christmas songs from the Golden Age of Hollywood musicals combine with tales about the artists and an exploration of the origins of some of our favourite Christmas traditions, including how one of them was (and still could be) illegal!
Talk length - 40 minutes.
Sun Jester (aka Graham and Bronwen Harrison) have been working in history and heritage education for more than 20 years, delivering fun and informative talks and entertainments for all ages.