Family Christmas traditions around the world are as colorful and have as much tradition as they do in America. In Europe where much of the Christmas traditions originated still, celebrate today as they did many years ago. Folks usually stay in close family circles and it has considered sad if you have to spend Christmas alone. Gifts are given but Little Jesus gives them or they know their parents are the ones that bought them. Many folks go to Catholic Mass on Christmas Eve and it is not uncommon for this to be the only time in the year that Church is attended.

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The Christmas season is theoretically a time of togetherness and cheer, but the holidays can on occasion be a hassle for most families. From making travel arrangements to buying gifts and preparing for guests, you could find yourself a little stressed during this season. Here are some tips on how you and your family can have a merry Christmas, even if you have to drive half way across the country to visit grandmas.

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Celebrating an old fashioned Christmas is an excellent way to rejoice the holidays. From bringing back favorite Christmas memories to creating new ones for your children or grandchildren, an old-fashioned Christmas is one to be remembered and enjoyed by all.

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In years gone by, a large majority of men would wear a necktie, no matter where they worked. However, times change as does fashion and buying a tie or other such attire, as a Christmas gift for your dad does not really cut it anymore. In the modern world that we live in today, gadgets and technology are the name of the game when it comes to holiday gift ideas.

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As with many other Christmas traditions, the origins of the Christmas tree originated in Germany. In the seventh century, an English monk from Devonshire traveled to Germany to preach the word of God. He spent time in Thuringia, an area of Germany, which became the center of the Christmas decoration industry. Legend has it that he used the triangular shape of the fir tree to describe the trinity of god the father, the son and the Holy Spirit. Folk began to revere the fir tree instead of the traditional oak. The original Christmas trees were hung, upside down from ceilings as a symbol of Christianity.

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The celebration of the Christmas season has ancient historical roots, but it serves the same purpose today as it has over all those centuries. It is a time to lift our spirits and glimpse what life could be like all year round.

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