Magical Christmas Traditions

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Christmas is a magical tradition. Friends and family spend time together and make memories which are cherished by people of all ages. Christmas truly brings out the child in each one of us and this information was created to give you ideas to develop your own customs for the people you love to enjoy each year.

One of the original Xmas customs is putting ornaments on a Christmas tree. Putting up a tree can be dated back to the 1400s in Estonia. Religious men initially sang around the tree and then set it aflame in celebration. Other historical documents from that time speak of a small tree being decorated with dates and pretzels. The children would then eat the sweets on Xmas Day. This tradition is similar to our current practices. More recently families decorate a tree and leave gifts underneath. Father Christmas goes down the chimney and leaves gifts under the tree. Decorating a tree together with your family is a common tradition that people carry out every year. Make it your custom, by letting each member of the family put up their favorite decorations and make new ones each year.

One of the most universal Xmas traditions is putting a stocking above the hearth and receiving a gift placed inside. Kids from different countries uphold this tradition in different ways. Kids from France put their shoes near the fireplace. In Hungary, children polish their shoes and put them near a window or door. Kids in Puerto Rico have an even different way of carrying out this custom. They put greens and flowers in small containers underneath their beds to feed the Three King’s camels. Receiving a gift in a stocking has a magical quality. It is no wonder that this Xmas tradition is so widespread.

Another tradition that is always appreciated are the special treats. Each person has a preferred recipe that is only made once a year. Some deserts are only featured at Christmas like gingerbread men and fruit cake. Usually, families pass down recipes for their traditional foods so that each generation can carry on enjoying the treats. Like families, different places have diverse holiday fare. If you are from a country with its own customary holiday food, it is even better. You can include all of your customary holiday fare, and add some new ones to make your festivity unique to you. The easiest way to find a fantastic new Christmas recipe is to look online and experiment with a bunch of recipes. You will find a keeper that you can bake every year.

One of the most widespread Christmas things to do is carol Christmas Songs. Christmas carols are a favorite of one and all and it is easy to include them in your festivities. The first Xmas songs were sung as part of a Pagan holiday to celebrate the winter solstice which normally takes place on the Winter Solstice. Early followers of Christianity then embraced these customs but changed the lyrics to tell the story of Christianity. Our current Christmas carols originated in 18th Century England. During this time, musical church services and singing carols in the streets became trendy as well. These customs are still in practice today throughout the world. Some favorite carols include: Frosty the Snowman, Silent Night, and White Christmas.

Xmas is a magical annual celebration. By creating fresh customs, your family will come to appreciate Christmas even more. So pick out the tree with your loved ones, find a new Christmas recipe and Sing Xmas Songs with friends. Make Christmas the best time of year for yourself and loved ones!

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