Traditions of Christmas: Christmas Lights

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The idea and shape and form of Christmas lights have greatly transformed themselves since their inception in the 17th Century. In 17th Century Germany, the idea of decorating a Christmas tree with lights began in which small candles were attached … Continued

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