Christmas Articles

Christmas Folklore: Holly, Ivy, and Mistletoe

Did you know the traditional date for putting up Christmas decorations is 24 December? Presumably our ancestors would be bemused to see decorations going up earlier and earlier each year. However, the truth is that in Victorian times many householders couldn't wait until Christmas Eve to decorate, but even so the first of December was the earliest acceptable date. So amidst the hustle of this year's preparations let's pause to recall the traditional folklore associated … [Read more...]

The Legend of Saint Nicholas: AKA Santa Claus

Most of us think we know who Santa Clause is: That big, jolly, present-giving gentleman who seems to have an endless love for children. Of course, then there is that Santa who seems to be overly involved in commercialism who is out selling everything from products at a hardware store to luxury cars. People can be forgiven if they feel confused about whether Santa is being exploited, or they are being exploited by Santa. Many people may think that Santa Claus is some … [Read more...]

Should You Still Send Christmas Cards by Mail?

Exchanging Christmas cards is a long traditional that dates back to 1843, when the first Christmas cards went on sale in London, England. Ever since then, giving and receiving hand-written Christmas cards has formed an important part of the Christmas season. However, in recent years, sending traditional Christmas cards by “snail mail” has been increasingly replaced by electronic exchanges of Christmas greetings. According to the United States Postal … [Read more...]

Those Mysterious Three Wise Men From The East

The legend of the Three Wise Men is a popular topic around Christmas time. If you are wondering just who the Three Wise Men are, you are not alone. The men and the stories that surround them are quite mysterious and fascinating, and a fair amount of time and research has been dedicated to finding out as much as possible about these men. Throughout history, the Magi have been referred to as kings and wise men. Magi is a term that has been used since as early as 6th … [Read more...]

History of Some Christmas Traditions

Christians celebrate Christmas to observe the birth of Jesus Christ, which is an event and not a tradition. But many other activities related to celebrating the Christmas season evolved from certain traditions, many of which are from other countries, particularly from peoples in Europe. Among common items used in Christmas decorations are the holly and the mistletoe. Both are used primarily in wreaths and garlands. The Druids started the tradition of using the … [Read more...]