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.
The Christmas Season would not be the same without them lined up along the mantle, strung up along the wall or stood on top of the TV. In fact, for many folks, the yearly Christmas card it is the only time of year they hear from old friends and distant relatives. Although you may not like to admit to it, a Christmas card is the only news that many of your friends and family get from you over the year. We are all busy individuals and time has a habit of disappearing before we even realise. Christmas cards are somehow the one bit of writing on the list of communication “to do” list that we actually get done. For that reason, it is good to make them unique. With just a little time and creativity, you can send out treasured, eye-catching and heart warming unique Christmas cards this year.
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.
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.
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.