Category: Christmas History

Christmas Poems

A selection of Xmas poems. One Christmas Wish? For snow to fall all Christmnas Eve in thick, slow flakes; to fall all through the hours I drift in my warm bed dreaming of Christmas Day. For snow to lie next morning deep and soft; for me to wake and see the world dressed as I’ve…
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Santa’s Story

Santa Claus is generally depicted as a jolly, plump man with a white beard, dressed in a red and white suit, riding a sleigh full of toys drawn through the air by eight reindeer. Santa, also called Saint Nicholas and Saint Nick, is said to visit our homes on Christmas Eve. He enters a house…
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How is Christmas celebrated in different countries?

Christmas is celebrated in a different way throughout the world depending on country, religion and climate. For instance, in the Southern Hemisphere the weather is much hotter because it is their summer. This gives rise to Christmas celebrations on the beach. Many countries have adopted Western Christmas rituals. Many Japanese people believe in Father Christmas,…
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Who is Father Christmas, or Santa Claus?

Father Christmas, or Santa Claus, was once Saint Nicholas, a saint during the fourth century. His reputation for generosity and kindness resulted in legends being born. Giving money to the three poor girls for their marriage dowries was one of the first gifts bestowed by Saint Nicholas. Nicholas was revered throughout the Middle Ages, and…
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Xmas Traditions

Why do we give Xmas Cards? Christmas cards also have a long tradition within the mythology of Christmas, although not as old as gift giving. Long before Christmas cards were printed commercially (the first was in 1843, in London by John Callcott Horsley) it is thought that the tradition of accompanying gifts with a card…
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What is Xmas?

What are the origins of Christmas? Christmas is an ancient tradition, but where does the word originally come from? Christmas as a word originates from Rome and the words Cristes Maesse, which means ‘Christ’s Mass.’ Originally, Christmas was celebrated by Christians, as a celebration of the birth of Jesus. The word changed from Middle English…
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History of Christmas

Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ. However, it was originally celbrated on January 6th, but moved to December 25th by Christians to replace Pagan festivals and traditions that were celebrated. December 25th was celebrated in ancient Babylon and Egypt, to make the birth of the Sun God, Attis; as well as the birth of…
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