Discover Where All Our Most Cherished Christmas Traditions Originated From ... Where The Holiday We Celebrate In America Started At ... And, Why Those Answers May Not Be What You Think!
The Christmas Tree. Hanging Stockings. Christmas Cards. Carolling.
Santa Claus. Gift Giving. Egg Nog. The Yule Log.
Do you know where these traditions came from? Are you someone that
believes they've simply "always existed" and is something we, as a
Nation have always done every year around December 24th? Or do you
believe that we simply "created" them ourselves?
If you are, then you really don't know the history of Christmas
traditions. Have you ever wondered why we do the things we do when
the snow begins to fall and the air becomes oh so chilly?
There is a reason we perform every single Christmas tradition we know
today. And some of them may not be why you think!
Throughout these pages, you will discover why certain Christmas
traditions are performed every year, and where exactly in the world they
came from. Here's a secret you may not know. . . .Many of the
Christmas traditions we use to celebrate our National Holiday didn't
even originate in our country! Hard to believe? Well, it's 100%, without
a doubt F-A-C-T.
Guess what else? Christmas almost didn't exist in our country!
Yep, it's true. In fact, some of the earliest "Powers That Be" did not
believe in the Holiday because of it's origins.
Now you might be thinking, "How Can That Be?? Surely That Isn't The
Case At All. Someone Must Be Misinformed About This Sacred
I can assure you that someone IS misinformed about this holiday. And,
it could be you. Or someone you know that doesn't understand the true
history behind Christmas and the traditions that surround our most
sacred of holidays.
Wouldn't you like to know exactly where it all began and how we
celebrate the Christmas holiday today is a result of our past?
Well, you're going to read about the whole thing. Right here and now
within these very pages. So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite Holiday
beverage, and prepare yourself to discover The History of The American
Christmas and its Traditions!
To A Happy Holiday Season,
Christmas: Where It All Began
Christmas. The word itself inspires feelings of joy and good will
towards our fellow man. A day when the greatest gift in all the world
was bestowed upon us from Heaven.
When you think of the name "Christmas", what immediately comes to
your mind? The birth of Jesus Christ? Yes, traditionally, that is what we
believe is the reason behind the Christmas holiday and celebration. The
birth of Jesus Christ. I mean, goodness sake! His name is in the word
But is that really where the beginning of the Christmas holiday comes
from? Or is it somewhere else? Would you believe that it is indeed
rooted somewhere else?!
Let's go back though, to the time before Jesus Christ's birth, and see if
we can't make sense of this. . . .
Centuries before Christ was born there was a group of people who
celebrated something they called "The Winter Solstice". In this
celebration, early Europeans would gather together and rejoice that the
worst part of the Winter Season was passing and that they had managed
to survive another harsh, cold Winter. And also, that they could begin
enjoying longer days. In other words, this was a celebration of light
itself. And life as well.
This celebration of light and survival would take place around
December 21st or the 22nd every year. And, depending on the calender
shift, it could occur anywhere between December 20th to the 23rd.
Pretty close to the time when we traditionally celebrate our Christmas
holiday, wouldn't you agree?
Indeed, all across the European countryside, the end of December was
an ideal time to have a celebration due in most part because cattle were
slaughtered so that they would not have to be fed throughout Winter.
And for lots of people, this would be one of the only times throughout
the entire year that they would have access to fresh meat.
Not only this, but most beverages consumed, such as beer and wine,
cultivated throughout the year had finished the fermentation cycle and
were ready to be consumed. Beer and burgers? Now if that ain't a party,
I don't know what is! ;-)
One last thing to mention is that in Germany, during this time, many
people would pay tribute to the pagan god Oden. Now, long ago, many
Germans who believed in th