Traditions

A Christmas Eve Feast Leads to Great Traditions

Family Christmas Traditions, United States

It is always interesting to me when we receive contributions from readers who describe traditions that have lasted many generations. As Allison Hart describes below, for many generations they have celebrated Christmas morning with a feast of homemade pancakes and sausage patties. What strikes me about her story, however, is the role that food has

A Christmas Eve Pajama Party for 20!

Family Christmas Traditions, United States

Kaitlin King of Michigan writes: Every year on Christmas Eve my family (approximately 10-20 of us) have a big dinner together based on a theme. One year it was beef tenderloin and more traditional fare, another it was make you own pizzas with different sauces and traditional as well as non-traditional toppings like seafood. This

Northern California Christmas Traditions from Lisa Fulmer

Family Christmas Traditions, United States

The very ‘crafty’ Lisa Fulmer of Northern California shared some of her family traditions with us: One of the traditions my family has – that I never realized was different from anyone else until I got married and spent xmas with my in-laws – is to open gifts one at a time, rotating in turn,

Sew your own Christmas Presents with Handmade Christmas Gifts

Family Christmas Traditions, United States

Here is an interesting idea submitted by a reader about bringing a personal touch into every Christmas present you give. While I’m not a great sewer myself, I used to get hand-sewn gifts from my mother under the tree every year. There is something special about having a present with a custom tag that reads,

A Christmas Tree Ornament Every Year

Family Christmas Traditions, United States

My Christmas family tradition started with my father when I was three years old and I continue following his tradition.  Every Christmas my father would either make or purchase a tree ornament and write my name and the year on it.  He would then hang it on the tree.  My parents divorced when I was

The Evolution of Modern Day Santa

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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!

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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

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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

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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,

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