History of Christmas

Advent – A family tradition worth waiting for

Christmas Symbols, Faith & Spirituality, Family Christmas Traditions, History of Christmas, United States

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 True Story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas

History of Christmas, Santa Claus

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in Patara, a village in what is now Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give

Ancient Festivals Coinciding with Christmas

Ancient Festivals, History of Christmas

Hundreds of years before Christ several other festivals were held in different parts of the world. These celebrations seemed to all occur at some point during the winter solstice, the time at which the earth makes its shortest journey around the sun. Ancient people worshiped the sun and those in the northern hemisphere feared that