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41 Days of Christmas

The History Of Christmas Lights

For centuries, people used candles to light their homes in the dark days of winter. When they started putting up Christmas trees, they lit...

8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s Letter To The Editor Becomes Famous

In 1897, Virginia O'Hanlon's friends began to have their doubts about Santa Claus. She then turned to her father for advice. He suggested she write...

The Scientific Look At The Star of Bethlehem

The Three Wise Men began their travels to look for the baby Jesus, after seeing a great light shine in the night sky. But astronomers...

The Day Christ Was Born. Was It Really The 25th?

Christmas, literally meaning, "Christ's Mass," hasn't always been celebrated at the end of the year. In fact, no one knows for sure just when Jesus...

Kissing Under The Mistletoe Dates Back Centuries

The practice of greeting someone while stationed under a sprig of mistletoe is thought to date back to ancient Britain. Two hundred years before Christ's...

The Reason We Have Christmas Stockings

The source of the first Christmas stocking may be none other than the original St. Nicholas. He was a bishop in Asia Minor back in...

The Twelve Days of Christmas Tradition

While times have changed somewhat, Christmas traditionally has been celebrated as a 12-day holiday. The holiday period would begin at midnight Christmas morning and extend...

Celebrating Other December Holidays

Winter celebrations have been commonplace for centuries, long before Christmas began being celebrated on Dec. 25. For instance, in what is now Scotland, the Druids...

History Of Sending And Receiving Christmas cards

The Hallmark card people estimate that each year we buy and make billions of Christmas cards -- finding just the right saying with the...

The History Of Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration marking the Jewish victory over Syrian invaders in the second century B.C. After the battle, the victorious Jews entered the...

The Yule Log Is A Reminder Of An Old Custom

As far back as the 12th century, many Europeans would mark the holidays with the lighting of the Yule log. They'd chop down an enormous...

The Many Foods Of Christmas

No doubt you and your family have a favorite holiday meal, drink or treat you enjoy every year. For some folks, it's the Christmas goose,...
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