All Things Christmas

The Well Lit Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees & Decorations, Holiday Planning

The Well Lit Christmas Tree by Julie Ann Bennet Lighting is a critical part of decorating your tree. To get a designer effect you need to add many more lights than average. You will get a big result for the dollars you invest. I recall a time when I tossed 2-3 light strings loosely around

Creating Unique Christmas Tree Themes

Christmas Trees & Decorations, Holiday Planning

Creating Unique Christmas Tree Themes by Julie Ann Bennet Uniquely themed trees that break from tradition have grown in popularity the past few years. They are a fabulous way to bring a touch of whimsy to holiday celebrations. Your Christmas tree can be used to reflect special hobbies such as doll, angel or teddy-bear collecting,

Use Feng Shui to Make Christmas Lunch Truly Special

Christmas Parties, Holiday Planning

USE FENG SHUI TO MAKE CHRISTMAS LUNCH TRULY SPECIAL by Sarah Shurety Christmas lunch is one of the most special times of the year, whether it is an intimate lunch for two or a huge family gathering. You have put all that energy into planning the food, spending hours in the supermarket, unloading all the

Decorations on Your Christmas Tree

Christmas Trees & Decorations, Holiday Planning

DECORATIONS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE by Sarah Shurety One of the most wonderful things about Christmas is the decorations and most particularly the spectacular centerpiece – the Christmas Tree. Follow these guidelines and enjoy a beautifully transformed magical home over the whole Christmas. Use plenty of green. Christmas can be stressful because there is so

The Evolution of Modern Day Santa

Santa Claus

The Evolution of Modern Day Santa It was in an 1870 edition of A Visit From Saint Nicholas that Saint Nicholas wore a red cloth coat. Thomas Nast has depicted him in a reddish brown outfit, trimmed in white ermine, in 1866. This illustration appeared in George P. Walker’s verse story Santa Claus And His

Santa Around the World!

Christmas Around the World, Santa Claus

Santa Around the World! Santa is indeed a very popular figure around the world. To Christians in the African Republic of Ghana, Father Christmas comes from the jungle. In Hawaii he comes by boat. On the Nerang River in Australia he rides water skis, wears a white beard and red bathing trunks. In Brazil Grandpapa

Santa Discovers America

Santa Claus

Santa Discovers America Europeans first brought Saint Nicholas to America in the fifteenth century. On his first voyage, Columbus named a port in Haiti for Saint Nicholas; and the Spaniards originally called Jackson, Florida, “Saint Nicholas Ferry”. When the Dutch emigrated to America they took their beloved saint with them. At the prow of the

Saint Nicholas – The Legend Begins

Santa Claus

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

Santa Claus

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

Christmas Symbols

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

Christmas Symbols

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

Christmas Symbols

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

Christmas Symbols

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

Christmas Symbols

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

Christmas Symbols

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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