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9 Christmas Traditions

The countdown to Christmas is now days away, the malls resemble something of the hunger games and the stores are running low on everything. The meaning of Christmas has gone from the birth of Christ, to fighting for the last perfect gift. Since Christmas is a time of traditions and celebrations, here are some of the classic and retro traditions explained.
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Advent Calendar

The advent calendar was created many moons ago, it traces back to the 19th century. It starts on December 1st and counts down till December 25th. This tradition started out as chalk line and over time it became a calendar. Today, advent calendars vary from their predecessors and look more like a calendar with doors. These doors are filled with little tokens which are related to the Christmas holiday. Whether it was the 19th century or the 21st century, the advent calendar is used to countdown the days till Christmas, creating anticipation and giving a reason to celebrate.

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Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is the ultimate iconic staple of Christmas. Starting in Germany, the Christmas tree made its way to the western world around 1781. The Christmas tree is usually evergreen tree, either spruce, pine or fir. These majestic trees started off with decorations made from fruits and nuts, and today, well there’s so many decorations to choose from. For those who have allergies to Christmas Trees, today you can find a number of department stores that carry artificial trees. They come in all shapes and sizes, without the pine smell. For those who can’t have a Christmas tree of any kind, you can always make an edible one. Don’t worry about what your Christmas tree is or looks like, the real meaning of Christmas doesn’t revolve around the tree.

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Gingerbread

The gingerbread has roots dating back to centuries ago in the European countries. Usually made into a loaf or cookie, these sweet treats are popular during the Christmas holidays. The gingerbread house and the gingerbread man also traces its roots to Europe. Christmas, in this day and age, isn’t Christmas till you’ve decorated your gingerbread house. There are kits with everything you need to make your house, or you can do it the old fashion way and make it yourself. With change in times, also comes changes to traditions. In society today, gingerbread houses are child’s play, everyone is looking for a new and creative way to change up this classic. Whether it’s making a gingerbread Eifel tower or decorating the gingerbread man, this delicious classic is here to stay.

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Christmas wreath

The Christmas wreath is another classic iconic staple. Usually made from flowers, leaves, twigs and sometimes fruit, these floral ring decorates the front of your door. These wreathes aren’t just for Christmas, but year round as well. For a festive and fun twist, wreathes don’t have to made from greenery, rather food. Cupcakes with green frosting is a cute twist, this is great for Christmas parties. Kids will love the cupcakes and the adults will love the play on a Christmas classic.

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Candy canes

These peppermint sweets have a biblical history. The shape of these candy sticks is said to resemble the shepherd’s staff. Dating back to the 1600’s, the candy cane was given to children who behaved well in church or learned their prayers. Years later they were given to children who sat quietly during the nativity play. The candy cane started as a straight stick and over time they eventually got their popular “J” shape. Today, candy canes are another iconic staple for the holiday season. Usually used to decorate your Christmas tree, today these treats are sold everywhere and come in all different colors.

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Egg Nog

It’s not Christmas time till grocery stores start selling the classic, Eggnog. It is said that when this beverage was first made, it was made from eggs and homemade rum. Today, that tradition hasn’t changed much for us. At most holiday parties, the eggnog recipe includes either rum, brandy, bourbon, whiskey or vodka. This Christmas beverage is also made as a sweetener for coffee or tea. In most grocery stores today, you can find egg nog during the holiday season and it doesn’t contain alcohol.

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Mistletoe

Everyone knows of the mistletoe tradition, you must kiss whoever is under the mistletoe with you. This plant has roots (no pun intended) starting from Europe. Mistletoe is a parasitic plant, which grows on certain trees, basically it takes over the host plant and uses their nutrients to grow itself. Kissing under the mistletoe has many origins, mainly because it is believed that mistletoe is an aphrodisiac. It is said to have started with the Vikings and has become the tradition we know it as today. There are proper etiquette when it comes to the mistletoe. Every time a gentlemen kisses a lady under the mistletoe, he removes a berry after all the berries are gone, there’s no more kissing under the mistletoe. For a Christmas or Winter wedding, keep lots of these mistletoe on hand for the bride and groom, they can’t say no to a tradition.

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Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

“Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” is a classic Christmas character as well as popular Christmas song. It was said that Rudolph was created by a man for sick and dying wife. Some variations of this tradition also stated that it was created by a man for his daughter after his wife passed. Rudolph first appeared in 1939 on a booklet cover, he was portrayed has Santa’s ninth reindeer. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen, these 8 reindeer names were made famous by the song. The story of Rudolph can also be found in the lyrics and words of this classic tune.

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Christmas Gifts

This Christmas tradition has many different backgrounds and historical roots. The term Christmas Gift is an expression traced back to the southern part of the United States during the 1800’s. Poor farming families would wake up on Christmas morning and rush to say “Christmas Gift”. The person who says the term receives a present from the person they say it too. Another historical reason dates back to the bible when the three wise men presented gifts to Baby Jesus. If you’re looking for last minute Christmas gifts, you can always visit our website for ideas or gifts.

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We hope this Christmas season is joyous and merry for all of you. If you’re still looking for Christmas ideas you can always visit our Pinterest page for Christmas Gift Ideas and Christmas ideas. Happy Planning Everyone!