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41 Days of Christmas

Why We Exchange Presents At Christmas

The first gifts given at Christmas were those offered to Christ by the Wise Men. They traveled a great distance to bring the baby Jesus...

Selecting The Best Christmas Tree

It's an outing for the whole family. Mom, dad and the kids all jump into the minivan, drive to a nearby lot, fork over...

Christmas Was Different In Early America

Surprisingly little is known about how early Americans celebrated Christmas. That's because historians of the day spent their time chronicling politics and wars, not holidays. But...

The Tradition Of The Christmas Tree

Most historians believe the first decorated Christmas trees in the United States appeared in the mid 19th century. But the tree as a symbol...

Before Christmas, There Is Advent

Everyone prepares for Christmas in different ways. Families do their shopping, and their decorating, and their visiting according to their own special customs and traditions. Christians...

Tips For Keeping The Holidays Happy And Safe

There's no question the holiday season is a busy time of year. And it's easy to get overwhelmed if you don't plan ahead. Financial experts suggest...

Christmas Carols Fairly Recent Addition To The Holiday Celebration

Christmas hymns for centuries had only been sung in church, and then, only in Latin. And because few people regularly spoke Latin, the songs...

The Story Of The Man Called Santa Claus

Everybody knows Santa. He's the jolly old elf who's constantly saying, "Ho, ho, ho." That image can be traced back to the 1820s and the...

Christmas Ripe For Superstitions, Tall Tales And Odd Beliefs

Some experts say that since Christmas has a strong religious base, it's been a prime target for various superstitions over the years. Others suggest...

A Look At Some Of The Symbols Of Christmas

Christmas is celebrated in so many different ways around the world, but some items have reached across time and space. Certainly a representation of the...

Christmas Traditions And Customs Differ The World Over

The tiny town of Bethlehem is thought to be the site of Christ's birth. And each year at this time, the Church of the...
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