A Christmas Celebration.

To mark the arrival of Christmas, Merton Heritage Service has compiled new resources to help you celebrate the festive season and learn more about its history and traditions. Our new page combines online displays, archive film, puzzles, craft activities and reminiscence material. We have also included links to a range of support services for anyone who may need help, or wish to offer assistance to those in need.

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone. We would like to thank all the local organisations, community groups and members of the public who have helped and supported us - this has been much appreciated. Particular thanks are due to our wonderful heritage volunteers for all their hard work and enthusiasm throughout the year.

The Merton Heritage team would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021. 

Online Displays:

Click on the links below to view a range of displays about Christmas and Merton in winter.

First Christmas card 1843

 

CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS:

Christmas trees

Christmas cards

Use of evergreens

Christmas crackers

Christmas food

 

Santa's sleigh

 

CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS:

Santa Claus

Charity for the Needy

Nativity plays and pantos

Christmas music

 

 

Christmas party, Mitcham 1939

 

Frosts & Festivities

Memories of Christmas

Christmas Reminiscence Materials

 

 

 

 

 

Words and Pictures:

Click on the links below to view a range of archive film and videos about Christmas in London and Merton.

Christmas stockings

Post Much Earlier...(1940)

Christmas in Peacetime (1945)

Christmas shopping, London (1947)

 

Regent Street 1950s

Christmas Stockings (1950)

Christmas in London (1955)

Christmas Cheer Everywhere (1960)

Xmas Time's A Good Time (1961)

 

1960s toys

Christmas toys preview (1962)

Xmas is for All (1963)

Christmas in Regent St (1970s)

Family Christmas (1974)

 

Xmas in Lower Morden Lane

Merton Xmas Lights 2014

Christmas Lights in Lower Morden

Christmas Spirit at Morden Hall

Christmas in Wimbledon Village

Peter Pan, Wimbledon Theatre

Snow White, Wimbledon Theatre

 

Winter in Merton Park

Winter Wonderland (Merton Park) 2009

Willows Nativity, Colliers Wood

AFC Wimbledon Christmas Visit

The Heroes of Christmas

 

 

Merton Music Foundation concert

Wombling Merry Christmas

The Mertones (We Wish You a Merry Christmas)

Carols at Hall School, Wimbledon

Merton Music Foundation,  Christmas, 2015

Silent Night, Wimbledon Youth Choir

 

Support Services at Christmas:

If you need help or would like to offer support to others, click on the links below for more information.

Salvation Army present appeal

Salvation Army, Wimbledon

Salvation Army, Mitcham

Red Cross Support Services

Carers Support Merton

 

Merton Together

Merton Together at Christmas

Samaritans

Wimbledon Foodbank

Christmas Refuse & Recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling

 

RSPCA at Christmas

Alzheimer's Society services

Shelter Advice Centre, Morden

Blue Cross Animal Shelter, Merton

RSPCA Merton

 

Test Your Knowledge:

Click on the links below to access a range of Christmas-themed puzzles and quizzes.

Christmas stockings

Christmas Quiz

Christmas Quiz Answers

 

Christmas pantomime

Christmas Word Search

Word Search Answers

Pantomime Word Search

Word Search Answers

Cast of White Christmas

Festive Quiz

Festive Quiz Answers

 

 

 

A Taste of Christmas:

Click on the links below to find recipes for sweet treats from centuries past.

17th century sweetmeats

Almond sweetmeat (17th century)

Honey sweetmeat (17th century)

 

Candy canes

Rose Candy Canes ( Victorian )

Gingerbread Nuts ( Victorian )

 

Twelfth Night Cake

Twelfth Night Cake ( Victorian )

 

 

Children's Activities:

The Snowman

Christmas Word Search

Word Search ( Answers )

The Snowman by Wimbledon artist Raymond Briggs

Christmas songs for children

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Toilet roll Xmas figures

Make a Santa Mask

Reindeer, paper chains & snowmen

20 Xmas crafts for Kids

Christmas paper crafts

Toilet roll Christmas figures

Christmas crafts

Christmas craft activities for children

Make Christmas decorations

Christmas Crafts for toddlers

Make a paper Christmas wreath

Santas, pine cones and snowflakes