- Holidays and Celebrations
Christmas Gallery- A Collection of Photographs and the origins of Christmas Traditions
It Can't Be Christmas Without a Christmas Tree...
It isn't JUST a tree...
It doesn't feel like Christmas without a Christmas tree, and the great thing about Christmas trees is every single one is different. Some trees are fake, for the people who are allergy sufferers or perhaps waited too long to purchase a real tree.
Regardless if you have a real or fake Christmas tree, your trees decoration is customized by you and your family. Some have lights, others glass ordaments. Some trees hold what is new with a just out of the box display of ordaments and lights, other trees hold a collection of past memories,that shall continue to be passed down from generation to generation.
A tree is a tree, but a Christmas Tree hold so much more than any other tree, it can make you smile, just by looking at it, it brings a sense of spirit and joy to a home. It inspires creativity and has a tendency to bring on a song or two. All in All....A Christmas Tree can be considered magical, if you ask me.
Where Did Having a Christmas Tree Originate From
Originally the whole idea of having a Christmas Tree, originated from Germany and were Oak Trees. Ever since the middle ages Trees have been considered to be good luck, and when a home was being built in Germany, an Evergreen Tree would be nailed to the highest beam. It didn't take long for people to want the luck inside their homes and start moving trees inside during Christmas time, where they proceeded to decorate it. It was introduced to America by these German immigrants bring their traditions with them..
Christmas spirit, loud and clear.
Holiday lights! This is the one time a year it is okay to light up your front yard as bright as day with no one thinking you are insane. Christmas lights are probably my favorite form of Christmas décor. I love the displays people come up with. Although Texas is often not cold during Christmas, the tradition of the Christmas lights brings Holiday Cheer and Spirit to a warm winter day in Texas,
Who had the first Christmas Lights?
Edward Johnson, who worked with Thomas Edison was the first person ever to have Christmas Lights on Christmas Tree. The first mass production of Christmas Light Stands was produced by Ever Ready in the early 1900 and then an improved design to Christmas Lights Strands was produced by General Electric around 1920.
Do not forget to hang the stockings
Traditional- Handmade- Store Bought- it does not matter, a stocking is timeless
Stocking hanging over the fireplace, so Santa can fill it with gifts. As a child and even now, I still have the same stocking, one which was made by my grandmother, one which is ,like no other, and I shall pass it down to my daughter to pass it down to hers.
Traditions during Christmas are so very important, because they help us recall what is truly important during this time of year. It isn't about the receiving, it is about the memories you are making.
Who ever had the idea to hang a Stocking from the Fireplace Mantle?
It has been said that we owe our tradition of hanging a stocking from the fireplace to Saint Nicholas (who was alive in the third century), and three poor sisters. The story goes that Saint Nicholas threw three coins down the chimney of the home of the three sisters. each of the three coins landed in each of the three girls stockings that were hanging on the fireplace to dry. It is now a modern tradition to hang a stocking on the fireplace in hopes that you too may capture some of Saint Nicholas's kindness and the sisters good fortune to receive such a gift.
We can not forget the gifts...
Give a Gift- Receive a Gift- Give a Smile- Receive a Smile
There is absolutly nothing better than a childs face on Christmas morning. The antisipation, the joy, the excitement for what they do not yet know. I love watching my children open presents and engage in play.
After each gift is unwrapped, they jump up and yell as if I am not 3 feet in front of them, "Mommy Look!", there is nothing like it, except when they get excited as they watch as one another opens the gift that the other picked for them.
Who is Santa Clause?
Santa Clause is real, or at least he was real and his name was Saint Nicholas. He was alive during the third century and had devoted his life to God. His wealthy parents both died while he was young, falling victim to an epidemic. The inheritance that Saint Nicholas received was applied to his mission to help those who are in need. He soon became known for his generosity, love for children and concern for sailors. His death on December 6, 343 later became a day of celebration and showing care and kindness,this day came to be known as St Nicholas Day.
Happy Holidays To All.
The simplest of moments on Christmas morning are the most precious and the ones I shall never forget, and as my children grow older, as I grow older- I will remind them of the years past and all the love that has always been shared on Christmas.
One last Christmas Tradition- What is up with us leaving out cookies?
The cookie tradition is a somewhat new tradition, originating in the 1930s. Good children left cookies to show their thanks and appreciation for their gifts, whereas naughty children left cookies as an attempt to bribe Santa Clause at the last moment for some gifts.
Christmas and Family and the Memories We Make.
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
My children were stiring so loud, they probably scared away a mouse.
They asked questions about St Nicholas and when he would be there.
I reassured them he wouldn't come, until they laid down for bed.
Finally after hours, of tucking them in.
I snuck from my room, to eat the cookies and drink all the milk.
I carefully placed each gift, in a pile all its own,
So each of my children would see them the moment they walked through the door.
I hurried back to bed, careful not to make a sound.
And smiled as I thought about the morning ahead.
To watch them grow up and enjoy such a time-makes me know this is true happiness,
And truly the best part of life.
Sharing one another, on a Christmas Day. Is the time for all families, to feel love in this very simple way.
Merry Christmas To All, I hope you have a great night.
Don't forget easy on the eggnog, or the morning shall be a fright.
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