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Passport to the Past: Yule enjoy this session focusing on Christmas traditions!

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Free of charge
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For 6-13 year olds.

The city of Gloucester is home to people whose heritage comes from all over the world, and since mediaeval times it has been seen as a great place to live for people from other countries.

As we get closer to our big national celebration of Christmas we thought it would be interesting to find out about the celebrations and festivals which some of our neighbours enjoy, as well as the Christmas season.

Some events – like the birth of a child – are celebrated in every culture, but in very different ways. And all cultures have ways of showing respect and giving thanks for the life of a person who has died.

We’ll be looking at how and why people from all over the world and back to the earliest times have found an excuse to get together and celebrate. And we’d love you to tell us about special celebrations in your own family.


Christmas card

Christmas is the biggest celebration of the year in some parts of the world – including Gloucestershire - and is a time for special food and the giving of presents. Traditionally it is a time for families and friends to get together – something which many people were not able to do last year.

In this session we are going to look at some of the Christmas traditions which we have records of here in the Archives. We’re also going to get crafty, including making a special Christmas garland and a traditional Christmas card for someone special. This is going to be our last session of the year, so to make it extra special please wear something festive and bring a little treat you can eat. We’re hoping to find out about your Christmas traditions: is there something special you always do at this time of year?

Unwrapping presents   



For every monthly Passport event, we create new resources which can be used during the session. These will appear on the Passport to the Past: fun activities and resources for families and schools page at least 48 hours before each event takes place giving you time to print them off. This link will also be sent to you a couple of days before the event takes place.

If you can’t print off the pages for the session, please don’t worry! We will display the pages on the screen during the event and all your child will need is a couple of pages of blank paper and a pen or pencil.

Please note that there are other pages listed as downloads which you can also print and enjoy in your own time if you want to do so.


You should receive your Zoom link as an automated message when you book on to this event (remember to press the "Book now" button once you've entered your details). If you don't, please check your junk folder. If it's not in there, please contact archives@gloucestershire.gov.uk and we will send you a link.

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