Where did the Christmas tree come from?
The tradition of Christmas trees began in Germany around the year 1000. St. Boniface was wandering through the woods and met pagans worshipping an oak tree in the middle of the forest. As the story goes, St. Boniface was angry and cut down the tree, but a fir tree grew in its place not long after. To him, this meant that the fir tree should be a sign of the Christian faith.
Much later in history, around 1500, Martin Luther is said to have been the first person to decorate a tree at Christmas time. He was inspired to take a small tree home when he came upon a beautiful group of fir trees in the middle of a snowy wood. He brought the tree inside and placed candles on its branches, and shared the story of his finding with his children.
The custom became common in 1851 when Mark Carr sold an entire haul of trees in New York City. After that, the tradition grew quickly, and by 1900, 20% of homes in the United States had Christmas trees.
Why do we celebrate Christmas? Where did Christmas originate?
The Christmas celebration was originally begun to celebrate the “anointing celebration” (the direct translation of Christ-mas). This was in honor of the birth of Jesus, which more than likely did not actually occur on December 25, but came to be celebrated universally on that day by Christians around the world that worship Jesus Christ as savior.
The holiday eventually reached further, shying away from its religious affiliation for non¬ Christians. Instead, it is now celebrated by many people as a time when families are brought together and give gifts to each other in celebration—more about the history of Christmas.
Legend of the Christmas tree spider where it began?
The legend of the Christmas tree spider began in Europe hundreds of years ago, most likely in Germany and Ukraine. The legend tells of a family of spiders that were shooed out of the way during Christmas cleaning so that the house would look beautiful for a visit by Christ on Christmas. Naturally, the spiders were sad that they would not be present for this special event, and they snuck back into the house, crawling all over the Christmas tree to find the best spot to wait. However, in their haste, they did not realize that their webs were trailing behind them the entire time, leaving a vast string of webs all over the tree, ruining what the family had worked so hard to prepare.
When Christ came to the house on Christmas day to bless the family, he saw all the webs and touched them gently, for he loved all God’s creatures. The webs all turned to shimmering silver, which is why today there is a tradition of hanging tinsel on trees.
What to make for Christmas dinner?
Traditional Christmas dinners vary throughout the world. In the United States, the festive meal normally includes a large turkey or ham, stuffing (stale bread cooked inside the turkey with added spices and juices from the meat), corn, squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, and mashed potatoes. Additionally, cranberry sauce and bread often complement the meal. Traditional US desserts include pumpkin pie, cookie, apple pie, pecan pie, and other warm autumn treats. More recipes and ideas about what to make for Christmas dinner.
How do I take care of a Christmas cactus?
During the cool months in the US of September and October, the cactus plants should be kept in a cool area where the temperature is usually around 50 degrees. They can also be placed near a window, as these are notorious for being cooler than the rest of the room temperature. Make sure they receive no artificial light at night when it is dark outside.
It is best to place the potted plant in a tray of water, as the evaporative effect of the water upward to the plant provides ideal humidity conditions for blooming. However, water the plant sparingly, even less in the wintertime. Overwatering will cause the buds to drop off the plant. Water the cactus only when the top inch of soil is completely dry.
The Christmas Cactus is a hearty plant, and given the instructions above, could live for decades.
Top 10 Christmas Songs?
1. Nat King Cole – Christmas Song
2. Bing Crosby – White Christmas
3. Harry Simeone Chorale – Little Drummer Boy
4. Perry Como – Home for the Holidays
5. Gene Autry – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
6. Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
7. US – Christmas Baby Please Come Home
8. John Lennon – Happy Christmas (War is Over)
9. Mariah Carey – All I Want for Christmas
10. Trans Siberian Orchestra – Christmas Eve in Sarajevo
How do Mexicans celebrate Christmas?
The main celebration during the Mexican Christmas celebration is called La Posas, which is a procession that occurs in most towns in Mexico and even some areas of the United States. The procession is centered on a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s walk on the night that Mary gave birth to Jesus.
Mexican Christmas is highly focused on the religious and family aspects of the holiday, as their culture gives precedence to both of these things in their daily lives.
The traditional Christmas meal in Mexico is eaten on Christmas Eve and includes fruits and salads, codfish with mole, and tamales with cheese and sauce. For dessert, fried tortillas with sugar and pudding are typically cooked. In addition, stuffed turkey and ham have infiltrated their way into some Mexican Christmas meal celebrations, taken primarily from the traditions of the US, with which Mexico shares a border.
Where does Father Christmas live?
Father Christmas, also called Santa, is known by some to live in the Arctic Circle. He is commonly thought to live at the North Pole, but it is more likely that he lives within the Arctic Circle somewhere far north of the Scandinavian Peninsula.
Why do we have carols at Christmas?
The first Christmas carols are believed to have been started during the 1200s. They did not, however, catch on fully under sometime during the 1700s or 1800s. These first songs were either drinking songs, praying songs, poems, or stories. Some are related to Christmas itself, while some have to do with winter or the gathering of families during the holidays. Some historians believe that songs were originally sung because winter is a dark season, which helped keep spirits up while waiting for longer days to return.