Christmas Stories: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

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  As we explore the traditions of Christmas, let’s also take a look at the history behind some of the most popular Christmas stories of all time. What better way than to start with a popular tradition for many, The … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: Christmas colors

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We all know that red and green are the traditional colors to represent Christmas, but how did these colors become the symbols of the most wonderful time of year? The colors of red and green were chosen from nature.  When … Continued

Tradition of Christmas: Poinsettias

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Poinsettias were first noticed by the Aztecs. They used the plant to produce red dye and medication. In their native language the plant is referred to as “that flower that grows in residues.” The traditional legend says that at some … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: Santa Claus

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The history of Santa Claus begins with a man called Saint Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, now Turkey. Saint Nicholas was known for his charity and wisdom. Legends tell of him coming from a wealthy family and … Continued

Christmas is a Great Time for Family Memories

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With Christmas approaching it is a reminder that this is a great time to make family memories. We’ve all heard the quote by Maya Angelou, “I’ve leaned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: The Christmas Stocking

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There are many legends and miracles attributed to Saint Nicholas but the ones that give him his gift-giving role involves his love of children. He was very shy, and wanted to give money to poor people without them knowing about … Continued

Traditions of Christmas: Holly

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Holly is special because the early church leaders wanted to wipe out pagan myths.  The red berries represent the blood of Christ and the green represents eternal life. It is also believed to bring good luck. In the pagan culture, Holly … Continued