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Bringing Christmas stories to life

Children can make the most of traditional Christmas stories from across Europe next weekend.

Durham County Council has organised a series of free Christmas storytelling sessions to be read in a range of European languages at Clayport Library.

Coinciding with Durham Christmas Festival, children can hear stories of Santa, snow

maidens, magical Christmas trees and the sheer joy of Christmas in five different

languages on Saturday 3 December.

The sessions are free of charge, require no booking, and will be supplemented by a range

of free craft activities from 10am until 3pm.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “This is a

fantastic opportunity for children to sit down, enjoy a magical Christmas story and explore

a range of languages.

“As well as learning about Christmas traditions and cultures from other countries, it will

hopefully help to inspire a passion for languages in our young people. This is the perfect

time of year to make learning fun and engage our children with Christmas activities from

far and wide.”

Students from Durham University’s School of Modern Languages and Culture will be

telling the stories in English and a second language at the following sessions:

 10am: La légende du Sapin, by Thierry Chapeau, read in French

 11am: Snegurochka, The Snow Maiden, a traditional tale read in Russian

 12pm: La Magia de la Navidad, read in Spanish

 2pm: Pip und Posy und der Weihnachtsbaum, by Axel Scheffler, read in German

 3pm: La renne di Babbo Natale, read in Italian


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