# Christmas maths should be merry

## We love Christmas in the Maths community

It's been a busy few weeks on social media as everyone gears up to Christmas. The Maths community has been at its best with jokes and ideas to fill classrooms with mathematical festive cheer.

The Maths Scholarship scheme has done its best to keep up with the hourly flow of interesting ideas. Here are a few of them to use this year or keep safely for Christmas 2016. Eek! What are we saying?

### Graham Farmelo kicks us off with this tweet:

Season's Greetings derived in four lines of algebra from a well-chosen logarithmic expression

### We then found an interesting take on the 12 Days of Christmas from Maths Mastery.

Take a look at this:

### What about Christmas wrapping paper maths?

This is symme-tree at its finest! Katie Steckles from Blackboard Bold gets excited by the different variations to be found in Christmas wrapping paper. Of course there are thousands but what joins them together is the fact the pattern repeats regularly. What she came up with is the conclusion that symmetries are actually quite limited.

Katie says:

'If a shape is finite, like a square, it’ll have a group of symmetries including rotations and reflections; if it’s a hexagon, it might have rotations by multiples of 60 degrees alongside the usual ones, plus some reflections in different axes. Some shapes, like the circle, can be reflected at any angle you like, and still get the same shape back.'

This is something many students will find interesting to explore themselves with all the examples around them. It's another great example of real maths. You can read the whole maths post right here.

## 2015 has been great for Maths Scholarships and social media

We've had a ball managing our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter. We've taken it very slowly and built a really engaged and passionate community that are excited and generous. So much great information is shared between us. You can bet there's not a day goes by when someone finds some exciting news, another resource or arranges a meet up. If you are interested in teaching maths or are already practising in the classroom we'd love to meet up with you on twitter or Facebook. Do follow us on either or both platforms. We try to be different and vary the postings. We also answer questions about the Maths Scholarships from interested parties all over the world.

If you have a question please feel free to contact us. You can do that on this website. You can register your interest for the maths scholarship scheme on the IMA parent site or send us a tweet.

We wish you a very pleasant holiday. If you are doing a Maths Subject Enhancement Course?