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Old 11-17-2011 05:56 PM
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14 16x16 Differences in the U.S. and U.K. Celebrations of Christmas
By Cris Mangum

Christmas brings the world together like no other celebration. 2000 years of societal evolution have brought us to several universal elements of Christmas celebration.

The Christmas tree, for example, is festively decorated around the world. Stockings are "hung with care" around the world. And Christmas cards zip through the mail from country to country.

We can thank this reality to almost 200 years of constant churn brought on by immigration. People coming from the... [Read More]
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Old 06-08-2002 09:23 PM
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December the 25th
By Ryan Crosby

On December 25th of every year the entire Christian world comes together, putting aside petty quarrels and minor differences, to commemorate the birth of Jesus. (Well, most of us come together anyway).

The Orthodox Churches have it on different days because of some sort of disagreement over Gregorian calendars. And there are a few Christian groups around who don't celebrate it at all (too material, I guess).

In any case; on December 25th most of the Christians tha... [Read More]
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Old 06-08-2002 09:15 PM
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Christmas Stockings
By Lynda Finn

It's hard to believe that the tradition of hanging stocking up for Santa to fill with goodies actually springs from a legend begun some 17 centuries ago.

Nicholas, a son of devout Christian parents living in Turkey, was Bishop to the city of Myra, where he was much loved for his benevolence, particularly by the children.

In those days, as in some parts of the world today, there was a tradition that whenever a woman wanted to marry, her father must produce a dowry,... [Read More]
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Old 06-08-2002 09:31 PM
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Christmas Crackers
By Charlene Rashkow



More than 150 years ago a simple tradition was born in Great Britain that continues to be an important part of the British Christmas to this day. I came upon this fascinating piece of information purely by accident when it was inspired by a client that I write for in England.

It all began during Thanksgiving week when my newest and most fun loving long distance client commissioned me to write some promotional material for her. She sent me a few suggestions as... [Read More]
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Old 06-02-2002 09:18 PM
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Christmas Crackers
By Charlene Rashkow



More than 150 years ago a simple tradition was born in Great Britain that continues to be an important part of the British Christmas to this day. I came upon this fascinating piece of information purely by accident when it was inspired by a client that I write for in England.

It all began during Thanksgiving week when my newest and most fun loving long distance client commissioned me to write some promotional material for her. She sent me a few suggestions as... [Read More]
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Old 06-08-2002 09:21 PM
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Christmas Cards
By Sarita Mehra

One of the many memories I have of Christmas as a child, was of our standing card tree. We moved many times during my childhood, and wherever we ended up celebrating Christmas, you could be sure that golden card tree would be featured somewhere in view.

Christmas cards have played an intricate part in everyone's Christmas. I don't think there is a person out there that is not yet received one in their lifetime, and millions upon million of them make their way through... [Read More]
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Old 06-08-2002 09:20 PM
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Christmas Candles
By Sarita Mehra

Christmas is a season rich in tradition. From the turkey to the tree, they all have their place in Christmas history -- even the Christmas candle. We use candles for many occasions -- birthdays, weddings, and to create a desired atmosphere. But there is a tradition behind Christmas candles that goes further than the turkey.

~ Tapers in Time ~

Through the centuries, candles have been offered as gifts and used to ward off darkness. The first use of candles at Chris... [Read More]
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Old 06-08-2002 09:12 PM
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Christmas Bells
By Abby Westover

Long ago people believed that they could use bells to frighten away evil spirits. Bells were a simple form of noisemaking. They could be easily obtained or made and everyone knew how to use them. Many people thought that as winter began, evil spirits would come to harm them. So during the dark days after the harvest or the hunt, people would engage in ceremonies to keep bad things from happening to them while they waited for Spring and warmer days.

The tradition of u... [Read More]
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Candlemas
By Donna Wahlstrom

The tradition of Candlemas has been described in various ways by many religions and civilizations. The simplest explanation for it is from pagan beliefs. Candlemas marks the middle of winter with the promise of spring and is celebrated on what we call Groundhog's Day.

The groundhog is a manifestation of God and the festival is about spiritual purification and dedication. Candlemas signifies the return of the sun -- the days lengthen and the fields are prepared for... [Read More]
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Boxing Day
By Sarita Mehra

Last December, as I was planning where to spend Christmas lunch, my roommate came to me with a puzzled look on her face. She showed me a flyer from a local English-themed pub advertising their celebrations for Boxing Day

There’s a large community of English and Canadians in South Florida, but it seemed December 26, Boxing Day, was practically a secret club. My roommate mused over patrons to the pub donning boxing gloves and ‘duking’ it out for prizes and she was quite... [Read More]
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