All Things Christmas

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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Balloons as ornaments!

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Balloons as ornaments! Becky I spent 3 years in New Zealand about 15 years ago and I’ll never forget my first experience of a Kiwi Christmas tree. My family is from the USA and when it came time to start decorating the tree we had all our traditional Christmas ornaments that we had packed up

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Christmas in New Zealand

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Christmas in New Zealand Staff Christmas comes in summertime in New Zealand, just as it does in Australia. Families often celebrate by having a picnic at the beach. The shops are decorated with scenes familiar to countries like England – Father Christmas with his red cloak and white beard, snow scenes; all this means Christmas

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Christmas Dinner

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Christmas Dinner marilyn For our family in New Zealand Christmas Dinner is rast Lamb with mint sauce, Roast kumera, new potatoes (freshly picked from Grandmas garden and other fresh veges.)Dessert always includes Pavalova covered with whipped cream and strawberries. Christmas afternoon is spent out on the lawn under the big trees watching the children play

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A Kiwi Christmas

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A Kiwi Christmas Mole In New Zealand Christmas is in summer so we usually have a barbecue or a picnic on Christmas day. My family ave a tree with prezzies under it and we have a big lunch usually consisting of chicken and turkey and potatoes and salad and such and for dessert we usually

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Christmas traditons in New Zealand

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Christmas traditons in New Zealand Taniwha The New Zealand Christmas tree is called Pohutokawa and it’s flowers are a brillinat scarlet all during the Christmas season. Because Christmas occurs in summer here, New Zealanders do not have a tradition of snow and ice, but Santa still visits dresed in his red and white robes. Each

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12 Days of Christmas

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12 Days of Christmas LaniThaChrismasAngel A Christmas tradition in our home is the Twelve Days of Christmas. Twelve days before Christmas Night my younger brother and sister, and I choose families or people that we would like to share the Spirit of Christmas with. For every Day of Christmas we have a family or person

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An Aussie Christmas…

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An Aussie Christmas… supermanda For me, Christmas starts at around 7am, when I have to get up to get ready to go down to the beach, as I am usually on duty as a Life Guard. So I am at the beach from 8 – 11, then I come home, and swim in the pool

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An Australian Christmas

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An Australian Christmas onslow Christmas in Australia is different to many other countries. We don’t have snow because it is Summer and it is usually a warm balmy day with no rain. We have heaps of fun and eat seafood for lunch.

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