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Christmas.com’s Christmas Tree Contest!

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Christmas is fast approaching, and we know that you’re busy decorating for the holiday season. That’s why we’re asking you to submit your Christmas Tree in our Christmas Tree Contest for 2012! Whether your Christmas Tree is artificial or natural, red or green, lit or unlit, we ask you to submit your photo as soon

The Story of Mistletoe and other Christmas Symbols

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  Christmas is the season for joy and forgiveness, however it is also full of strange and beautiful traditions we all follow without really understanding. In this article I will look at 5 of these Christmas traditions and attempt to explain the history behind it, when did it start?       1 – Mistletoe:

Advent – A family tradition worth waiting for

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When asked to submit a tradition about something important to her family, Barbara Kilikevich of California shared with us the Celebration of Advent, in which she describes Advent as, “the coming or arrival or something long-awaited or momentous.” In her own words… My family tradition (even now that my kids are grown) is the celebration

The Glastonbury Thorn

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The Glastonbury Thorn The glastonbury thorn legend ties in Christ’s death as well as the celebration of his birth. The legend goes that soon after the death of Christ, Joseph of Arimathea came to Britain to spread the message of Christianity. When he traveled there from the Holy Land he brought with him his staff.

The Poinsettia

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The Poinsettia A favorite flower in the United States is the poinsettia, with its beautiful, red, star-shape. It is called the “Flame Leaf” in Central America or “Flower of the Holy Night” and was brought here over a hundred years ago by Dr. Joel Poinsett, our first ambassador to Mexico. Most of the poinsettias used

The Christmas Rose

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The Christmas Rose A well known English plant, the Christmas rose, is a true Christmas flower. It is sometimes called the Snow or Winter Rose. It blooms in the depths of winter in the mountains of Central Europe. Legend links it with the birth of Christ and a little shepherdess named Madelon. As Madelon tented

Holly

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Holly The Druids believed that holly, with its shiny leaves and red berries stayed green to keep the earth beautiful when the sacred oak lost it leaves. They wore sprigs of holly in their hair when they went into the forest to watch their priests cut the sacred mistletoe. Holly was the sacred plant of

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Ivy, Laurel and Rosemary

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Ivy, Laurel and Rosemary Ivy Ivy has been a symbol of eternal life in the pagan world and then came to represent new promise and eternal life in the Christian world. Ivy is more of an English Christmas green than an American one. It is considered a feeble clinging plant, rather feminine in nature, not

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Mistletoe

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Mistletoe Mistletoe is an aerial parasite that has no roots of its own and lives off the tree that it attaches itself to. Without that tree it would die. Mistletoe was thought to be sacred by ancient Europeans. Druid priests employed it in their sacrifices to the gods while Celtic people felt it possessed miraculous

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Looking at the History of Carols..

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Looking at the History of Carols.. In looking at the history of carols, we can find no better expert than the late Maria Augusta Trapp who’s life story became known as “The Sound of Music.” On a South American Christmas concert tour in Caracas, Venezuela, she wrote, ” Singing at Christmas goes back to the

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