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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Given that the Christmas season is celebrated in numerous countries around the globe, there are equally as many traditional Christmas and winter party drinks. Whether your preference is for high alcohol content or just a warming beverage, you will find something in the following selections that are bound to lift your holiday spirits.

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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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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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With Christmas just around the corner and the not so merry state of our purses and wallets, it is time to start worrying about where the money is coming from to buy all those expensive gifts for your loved ones. However, if you subscribe to the old saying that it is the thought that counts when it comes to gift giving, you need not be concerned about not being able to provide those pricey gifts. After all, the most memorable gifts are the ones that money can never buy. Here are some helpful tips that will get you through this Christmas season with a smile on your face and hugs from those you have given gifts to.

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