Silent Night 200 years

December 2018 marked 200 years since the first performance of the world’s favourite carol, Silent Night. The words had been written a couple of years earlier by Joseph Mohr and on Christmas Eve 1818 he asked his friend Franz Xaver Gruber to write a simple tune for his words. The …

Christmas traditions – music

The fourth in this audio series, originally broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester, in December 2018 is about Christmas music, from carols to wassailing to cheesy pop. Wayne is in conversation with Rebecca Kelly of BBC Radio Manchester. Click on the word MUSIC below to listen to the audio, or click …

Christmas traditions – gifts

The third in this audio series, originally broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester in December 2018, is about the traditions of giving presents at Christmas and Father Christmas. Wayne is in conversation with Rebecca Kelly of BBC Radio Manchester. Click on the word GIFTS below to listen to the audio, or …

Christmas traditions – decorations

The second in this audio series, originally broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester, in December 2018 is about the traditions of Christmas decorations and the Christmas tree. Wayne is in conversation with Rebecca Kelly of BBC Radio Manchester. Click on the word DECORATIONS below to listen to the audio, or click …

Christmas traditions – food

The first in this audio series, originally broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester in December 2018, is about the traditions of Christmas food. Wayne is in conversation with Rebecca Kelly of BBC Radio Manchester. Click on the word FOOD below to listen to the audio, or click on Download to.. well, …

Christmas Peace

Part of a series on the traditions of Christmas One remarkable tale of Christmas is the day peace broke out in 1914. By Christmas of that year fighting on the Western Front in World War One had claimed one million casualties. Those still alive were living in rat-infested trenches. On Christmas …