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Saint Nicholas – The Legend Begins

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Saint Nicholas – The Legend Begins Saint Nicholas was not left to rest in peace after his death, for in those days the bodies of holy men were of great value, not only spiritually but commercially. News leaked that the Venetians were coming to carry off the saint’s body. The merchant seamen of the port

The Real Saint Nicholas

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The Real Saint Nicholas Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of just about everything. He is the national saint of Russia and Greece and churches named after him number in the thousands – more than 400 in Great Britain alone. He is the patron saint of judges, murderers, pawnbrokers, thieves, merchants, paupers, scholars, sailors, bakers,

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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History of Advent

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History of Advent It cannot be determined with any degree of certainty when the celebration of Advent was first introduced into the Church. The preparation for the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord was not held before the feast itself existed. One of the earliest references to Christmas being celebrated on December 25 appeared

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Christmas Tree Legends

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Christmas Tree Legends Many legends exist about the origin of the Christmas tree. One is the story of Saint Boniface, an English monk who organized the Christian Church in France and Germany. One day, as he traveled about, he came upon a group of pagans gathered around a great oak tree about to sacrifice a

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Evolution of the Christmas Tree

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Evolution of the Christmas Tree Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition in the sixteenth century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. The Christmas tree custom became popular in other parts of Europe.

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The Christmas Tree

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The Christmas Tree For families in North America, Germany and other parts of Europe, the Christmas tree is the symbol of the Christmas season. Other evergreens have been a part of mid-winter festivals long before Christ. They played a symbolic part because they stayed green and alive when other plants appeared dead and bare. They

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The Christmas Star

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The Christmas Star The stars that appear in the sky today are the same ones that were there two thousand years ago. Was there a nova at the time of Jesus’ birth? The exact time of His birth is not known, but astronomers cannot place a new star appearance anywhere near the possible time. Could

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Christmas in NZ

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Christmas in NZ meg It’s Summer time in New Zealand around the Christmas season, a common activity is going to the beach or having a swim on Christmas! It’s quite funny singing Christmas carols about snow and snowmen! However there are alot of Christmas cards around with Santa sitting on the beach under a beach

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