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Add the finishing touch to your Christmas celebration

Discover the magic to add the finishing touches to your Christmas celebration.As the song says, Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year.  The well loved, and most celebrated holiday brings forth warm feelings of family, friends, tradition, and, of course, presents.  In fact, this holiday is so nice, it’s sometimes celebrate twice.  Some people who can’t wait for winter celebrate Christmas in July as a way to really get their Christmas fix.

For those who wait until December to celebrate the actual holiday, it is often thought of a time to gather with the ones we love, share a special meal, and bake Christmas cookies.  But, for some, the origin of the holiday, and its many traditions, is really known.

Christmas, like many other holidays celebrated each year, is religious in origin.
The holiday is celebrated each year on December 25.  The date is quite important because it is the birthday of Jesus.  The holiday got its name when the words “Christ” and “Mass” were combined.

Originally, the holiday was observed by the catholic faith.   However, today, people of many different religions celebrate the holiday worldwide.

Over the years many traditions have come to be associated with Christmas.  But do you know where many of them come from?  It seems that Germany is to thank for favorite traditions such as the Yule log, mistletoe, the Christmas tree, and even presents.

The Christmas tree is an important staple in many homes during the Christmas holiday.  It came into existence around 700 A.D.  But it wasn’t until some time later, in the 1800s, that it began to show up in many homes.  As we mentioned before, this well-known Christmas symbol started in Germany, moving to England, and then eventually finding its way to America when German immigrants brought the tradition to Pennsylvania.

Add the finishing touch to your Christmas celebration

Add the finishing touch to your Christmas celebration

Hallmark didn’t always have the market cornered when it came to Christmas tree decorations.  So, how did it come to be that people trim their Christmas tree each year with the lights and ornaments with which we are so familiar today?

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Martin Luther is the lucky man who holds the honor of being the first person to adorn a Christmas tree with candles.  Some time later, in 1882, electric lights came into popularity.  A few years later, in 1923, Calvin Coolidge lit the White House’s first outdoor tree.

It wasn’t until the Victorian era that trimming the Christmas tree became popular.  At first, decorations consisted of tasty treats such as cakes and candies hung from the branches with pieces of ribbon.  The recognizable ornament came later, in 1880, when Woolworths began selling fabricated ornaments.  These ornaments quickly became a huge success, and today you’ll find the colorful decorations adorning many a Christmas tree.

You can’t mention a Christmas tree without talking about presents.  You love them, we love them, just about everyone loves them.  The idea of exchanging presents on Christmas with the people you care about could be traced back to the three wise men, also known as the Magi.  As the story goes, the Magi brought Jesus gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh.  The modern-day version of exchanging gifts on Christmas became a tradition in the late 1800s.

Exchanging presents among family, friends, and even co-workers, is a common practice each year.  But, it is the man, the myth, the legend – Santa Claus – who is known most for being the bearer of Christmas presents.

Each culture has its own variation of the popular Christmas icon.  Although he is often referred to by many names, he is traditionally known as Santa Claus, Santa, Kris Kringle, or even St. Nick.  He is usually described as a portly, jolly, white haired man who sports a bushy beard and wears a red suit and hat trimmed in white.  Santa Claus is known to live in the North Pole with his wife, Mrs. Claus.

Each year at the North Pole, Santa Claus and a team of elves prepare toys and gifts to bring to children worldwide each Christmas.

On Christmas Eve, which is the night before Christmas, he takes flight in a sled driven by reindeer, headed by the infamous Rudolph, to bring each child his or her presents.  These presents are usually left under the Christmas Tree to be found in the morning by excited children.  But a stocking is also a popular gift destination.