Month: November 2015

Christmas Traditions From Around The World

We wanted to share some of the Christmas traditions from around the world. At the end there is a little quiz as well!

In Brazil Father Christmas is called Papai Noel & Bom Velhinho (Gold Old Man).

Sometimes children leave a sock near a window and if Papai Noel finds the sock, he will exchange if for a present.

It is common in Brazil to get an extra months salary at the end of the year – twice your usual monthly pay in December.  I definitely like this idea!

Although a relatively small percentage of people are Christians in India, Christmas still happens, with Midnight Mass being important, especially for Catholics.

Instead of the traditional Christmas tree, a banana or mango tree is decorated, if neither of these are available then any tree could be decorated.

In Greenland it is traditional for people to put an illuminated star in their windows, both in homes and public buildings.  Christmas trees need to be imported to Greenland, as they do not grow that far north.

Greenland claims to be the place that Santa Claus lives or goes for his summer holidays!

In France it is common that people burn Yule logs, made out of cherry wood at home.  The log is sprinkled with red wine, in order to smell nice and is carried in on Christmas Eve.

The main Christmas meal is eaten on Christmas Eve or early Christmas morning after people return from their church service.

In Ireland it is traditional to leave a mince pie and bottle of Guinness out for Father Christmas.

In Caracus, the capital of Venezuela on Christmas Eve morning, the roads of the city are closed to cars, so people can roller skate to Mass.


Any idea which country says Merry Christmas in the following ways?  (Answers below).


Hyvaa joulua

Joyeux Noël

Froehliche Weihnachten

Kala Christouyenna

Mele Kalikimaka

Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket

Gledileg Jol

Selamat Hari Natal

Sung Tan Chuk Ha

Linksmu Kaledu

Merry Keshmish

God Jul

















Whether you got any right or not, we would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas.


Information taken from, and

Christmas Quiz

Chrysalis courses wanted to put on a little Christmas quiz, its just a bit of fun and if you guess all the answers you will receive a big festive smile and a wave from all of us!

Time for the Christmas quiz.


  1. How many of Father Christmas’s reindeer can you name?
  2. One which day do you find lords a leaping?
  3. Which country did Christmas tree’s originate from?
  4. Who played Scrooge in the 1951 film A Christmas Carol?
  5. Which sauce is usually served with your Christmas dinner?
  6. What is the surname of the family featured in the 1989 film National Lampoons Christmas Vacation?
  7. According to Norad, where does Father Christmas deliver present to first?
  8. Which coin was originally added into a Christmas pudding to bring the finder good luck?
  9. Which country gives Great Britain a tree every Christmas?
  10. Who wrote The Snowman?
  11. Who invented Christmas crackers and when?
  12. When was the last recorded UK white Christmas?


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Answers below – please remember this is just a bit of fun!

  1. Dasher, Dance, Prancer, Vixen Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and of course Rudolph
  1. Day 10
  2. Germany is supposedly linked to the first ever Christmas tree.
  3. Alastair Sim
  4. Cranberry
  5. Griswalds
  6. South Pacific and Australia
  7. A six pence
  8. Norway
  9. Raymond Briggs
  10. Thomas Smith in 1846
  11. According to The Met Office, it was 2010

Lets look at frustration – what it is and why it happens.

Well according to the Oxford Dictionary, frustration is the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something.


Donna Labermeier of the Huffington Post (18/10/2013) says that:-


‘All frustration stems from a lack of understanding. It may be in regard to a particular situation or a person’s behavior or choices. We feel worried, in a hurry, and out of control concerning whatever it is that is not “going well.”’


Sound familiar?


Often if things don’t go our way, or if they are not done how we want them to be, we find ourselves challenged, feeling a loss of personal control or feeling uncertain.  Often we are out of our comfort zone.


We try to analyze (or often over analyze) what has happened, how we can change the situation, why on earth did they did it like that!  We are often so busy feeling frustrated and going over and over the situation in our heads, that we forget to stop.  We forget to stop and take a moment to look at why we are feeling how we feel.


What is it that we are worried about, what are we frightened of, what do we think might happen as a consequence?


Maybe if you stop for a moment, take a step back and look at your reaction for a moment, then you might realise why you feel the way you do.  If you know why you are reacting this way, then you are usually more able to logically reason out what has actually happened.


Fear is often at the bottom of these negative emotions; fear we might be found wanting, we might not be good enough, we might get told off, someone might stop liking us, the list could go on.


What is your worst case scenario?  Take a moment, and I do mean a moment, please don’t focus all your attention on the worst case scenario, then look at whether reality is really likely to match this worry.  Logically, dispassionately, work through the situation and more often than not you will quickly come to realise that your worries really are unfounded.

Chrysalis Courses on the radio

Chrysalis Courses was recently invited to be on a local radio station in Scotland. We asked Karen Ferguson, Head of Hypnotherapy, to be interviewed. Here is what she said about her experience!

Those students and potential students living in Scotland, might be interested to know that I was interviewed recently by Heartland FM (based in Perthshire).  In my time I have been in the newspaper and on television, but this was the first radio interview I have done.  It is quite amazing how much information can be given in a short space of time, if the focus of the discussion is very clear.

If you have never been on the radio, it is quite common that you are asked a question at the start in order to gauge sound, unfortunately Bruce (the DJ) asked what I had had for breakfast, ‘Nothing’ was rather a short answer!

Bruce who is clearly used to this, asked clear questions and made the whole experience simply and quite enjoyable to do.  I always find it interesting to explain in basic terms what hypnotherapy is, especially to someone who has no knowledge of it at all.

The whole experience only lasted about 7 minutes, which I think for my first experience was probably long enough.

Although this was recorded by a Scottish radio station the interview is available to be heard right here.  So for anyone who is thinking of joining Chrysalis as a student, or even if you currently are a student, why not have a listen.





Chrysalis Courses explores the pressures of Christmas time

Whilst Christmas is a happy time for many people, there are lots of others who find it a miserable time of the year. We at Chrysalis Courses wanted to find out why?  Well once you remove the religious element, what is Christmas all about?  For many it is about spending time with family, present and parties.   All things that some people find it difficult to deal with.

Some people struggle with the social side of Christmas and for others it is the pressure to spend lots of money on gifts for people.  This can add even more angst with people having to spend a good percentage of the next year struggling to pay this money off.

There are things that people can do to help themselves, the first one being learning to say ‘No’.  It is ok to say no, to state that you don’t want to spent time with people who you would rather not.  It is acceptable, perhaps even more these days, to say to people that you are only buying for your immediate family.

Even then you can look at ways to minimise some of your costs.  Why not go for a mix of gifts this year?  Buy one or 2 things that people want and then add in gifts that are items people need, new toothbrushes, special flannels, new pj’s etc.  Whilst some people might find this boring, the main aim of Christmas is time spent with the people you care about rather than the spending a fortune on gifts that are often of short term interest.

Of course, you can always save your money and spend it in the sales!  There is nothing like a child being able to choose what they want and spend their own money to get something.

There are website out there that offer you the chance to swap your unwanted toys with someone else’s.  Most children (young ones anyway) don’t really appreciate the difference between new and used anyway.

Do a bit of research and you will realise that a) you are not alone in your feelings and b) Christmas doesn’t have to cost a fortune.


Websites such as Mind, Sane, Time to change have lots of valuable links, videos and information about mental health and coping during the festive season.

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