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Light of the world

Christmas decorations Have you put up your Christmas lights?

The Christmas story is full of light.

When Jesus was born a bright light was seen over Bethlehem as angels sang for joy. The shepherds were amazed by it and went to find the new baby.

Wise men saw a brilliant star and set out to find to find a new born king.

We celebrate with lights because baby Jesus was born to be a light to the whole world.

London Lights

Every year the people of Norway donate a huge Christmas tree to London.

Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square It stands in Trafalgar Square and is decorated with strings of lights. There are hundreds of light bulbs!

The crib scene in the square is blessed following a torch-light procession from the nearest church. Every evening carols are sung round the crib.

Which lights will you be seeing this Christmas?

Spot the difference

Someone has been changing the decorations on this tree - can you spot seven differences?

Christmas tree differences

Answers below.

Look Out

Hanworth: Youth Club Fridays in term time 4.30pm

East Molesey: Alight 7th and 21st December 4.30-5.30pm

Teddington: Family Friendly Gift Service 9th December 9.30am

East Molesey: Gift service 9th December 10.30am

Hampton: All Age Service 9th December 10.30am

Sunbury: SundayKidzClub 9th December 3.30pm

Sunbury: Aloud 14th December 7.00-8.00pm

Sunbury: Still Louder 14th December 8.00-9.00pm

Hampton: Gospel Illusions 16th December

East Molesey: Christmas Splodge 20th December 10.30 -12noon

Hampton: Messy Church 22nd December 3-5pm

Traffic Lights

Traffic lights can be found at busy road junctions and in towns helping to keep traffic flowing and pedestrians safe.

Do you know 150 years ago, the first traffic light was built near the Houses of Parliament? It was a tower 22 feet tall with semaphore arms a bit like railway signals.

A police officer operated the signal.

At night a there were a red and green gas lamps at the top. Red for stop and green for go.

Traffic lights at junction of Parliament square and Parliament Street

Just over 60 years later electric traffic lights came into use. Today traffic lights which use LED bulbs use less power to shine brightly and keep travellers safe.

Traffic lights What did the traffic light say to the car?

Don't look now I'm changing!

Advent window

Advent calendars have twenty four windows. Here's one advent window with just four pictures letting light shine through.

What you need

What you need for Advent window
  • paper plate
  • sheet of paper
  • greaseproof baking paper
  • felt tip pens or sharpies
  • glue stick
  • nightlight
  • scissors

What you do


Advent window step 1

Cut a large circle out of the centre of the plate.


Advent window step 2

Cut a circle of baking paper slightly lager than the hole.


Advent window step 3

Cut to thin strips of white paper. Glue onto the top side of the plate to make a cross shape over the hole.


Advent window step 4

Use felt pens or sharpies to draw and colour four pictures, one on each quarter of the baking paper.


Advent window step 5

Spread glue around the rim of the hole and glue on the picture carefully adjusting do the cross pieces lie between each picture.


Advent window step 6

Make a stand for your advent window using the inner circle of card cut out of the plate. Cut two semi-circles with a slit in the centre if each. Slot in the paper plate.


Advent window step 7

Place the nightlight behind your picture and stand back to admire!

Spot the difference

Spot the difference answers

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