Found 10 resource(s) in 'Looking at your Community', for December 2018.
Looking at your Community (all articles) December 2018All in the month of December How Silent Night first began – 200 years ago Peaceful Praise on a silent night The Conversion of Ebenezer Scrooge How A Christmas Carol first began – 175 years ago The legacy of Miss Potter The podcast phenomenon Expensive Christmas cracker The great ‘Takeaway’ take-over ** Editor: We continue... (2313 words)
All in the month of DecemberIt was 200 years ago, on 24th December 1818 that the popular Christmas carol ‘Silent Night’ was performed for the first time, at midnight mass at a parish church in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It had been written just a few hours earlier by teacher and church organist Franz Xaver Gruber, to lyrics by priest... (340 words)
How Silent Night first began – 200 years agoOne of the most popular Christmas carols, Silent Night, was performed for the first time 200 years ago this month, on 24th December 1818, at midnight mass at a parish church in Oberndorf, near Salzburg, Austria. The carol was originally a poem, written in six verses by priest Joseph Mohr two years earlier. Because the... (201 words)
Peaceful Praise on a silent night200 years ago this Christmas Eve a parish priest near Salzburg in Austria and his organist wrote a new carol for the midnight mass. The priest, Fr Joseph Mohr, provided the words in a poem he had recently written. The organist was Franz Xavier Gruber who created a tune of haunting beauty. The carol, Stille... (245 words)
How A Christmas Carol first began – 175 years agoCharles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol was first published 175 years ago, on 19th December 1843, at a time when the author was hard-pressed financially but appeared inspired by his themes of redemption and poverty. The first edition sold out by Christmas Eve, and by the end of the next year 13 editions had been... (195 words)
The Conversion of Ebenezer ScroogeWe think of the traditional British Christmas as a few days off work, a family get-together and a big meal. In fact, that only goes back to Victorian times. Before that it was a religious event, with church services and carols, but not a great community event. Among important influences on the change was a... (397 words)
The legacy of Miss PotterBeatrix Potter, the children’s writer and illustrator, died of pneumonia in Cumbria 75 years ago, on 22nd December 1943. Born in 1866 in Kensington to a well-off family, she had limited higher education but schooled herself to the extent that she could be described as a natural scientist, particularly in the study of fungi. She... (212 words)
The podcast phenomenonDo you listen to podcasts? Then you are right ‘on trend’, because nearly six million adults in Britain are now listening to the audio format each week, according to Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator. That is nearly double the number recorded five years ago. What’s most popular? That Peter Crouch Podcast, produced by the BBC, where... (172 words)
Expensive Christmas crackerIf you are looking to splash around a vast amount of money this Christmas, why not contact The Royal Mint? It has just launched Britain’s most expensive ever Christmas crackers – which include a solid gold bar and gold diamond necklace. A pack of six of the crackers will set you back £5000, but at... (128 words)
The great ‘Takeaway’ take-overOur high streets are filling up with takeaways. Fast-food outlets have risen by a third in less than a decade, at the same time as hundreds of shops are closing every year. So says the Office for National Statistics. The figures reveal that high streets now have the highest concentration of fast-food outlets since 2010. ... (94 words)
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