CHRISTMAS TALES - HISTORY

HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS

A CRACKING IDEA

The origins of the Christmas cracker lie in France where bags of bon-bons where wrapped in paper

A DIVINE LIGHT

The lighting of candles during religious festivals precedes Christianity

A SIGN

There is a popular belief that candles are used at Christmas

A SIGNAL

The placing of lighted candles

A WINTER'S TALE

It was in sixteenth century Germany, or so the legend has it, in a town called Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt.

AFTER THE REVOLUTION

After the French Revolution and the Monarchy was overthrown

AN ARDENNES CHRISTMAS

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ARTIFICIAL TREES

As so many Christmas innovations artificial trees originated in Germany towards the end of the 1800's.

BRUMALIA

In the Roman Empire

BUSINESS CARD

The first Christmas card was printed in England in 1843,

CELTIC YULE

The Celts used to bring a large log indoors

CHRISSIE POSTIE

It was in 1843 when Christmas cards first came into being and with the advent of cheap postage

CHRISTMAS DATE

It was in the 4th century when The Catholic Church decided to celebrate Christmas on December 25th.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS

People have different perceptions as to the custom of The exchanging of Christmas presents some say

CHRISTMAS IN SPACE

On December 21, 1968 Apollo 8 was launched with

FAMILY CRÈCHES

The original Cre’ches in Provence,

ILLUMINATING THE CHRISTMAS TREE

The practice of using small candles to decorate Christmas tree's is said to date back to the

LAUREL

The early Christians in Ancient Rome

MARTIN LUTHER BLING

There is a legend suggesting that Martin Luther Who was a sixteenth century religious reformer

MIDDLE AGED SPREAD

During the Middle Ages Christmas was the most popular of the religious holidays as it was

On December 13th - The Feast Of St Lucy

IT HAPPENED ON DECEMBER 13TH 863 Boudouin with the Iron Arm married Judith,

On December 21st - The Feast Of St Thomas

20 PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE WORLD ON DECEMBER 21ST 918 Conrad I, German King and Duke of Franconia 1375 Giovanni Boccaccio, Italian poet 1597 Petrus Canisius, Dutch Jesuit saint, aged 76

On December 25th - Christmas Day

BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY # 1 Princess Alexandra was born on Christmas day 1936 at 3, Belgrave Square in London. Conrad Hilton the founder of the hotel chain was born 1887

On December 26th - The Feast Of Stephen

20 PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE WORLD ON DECEMBER 26TH 267 Dionysius, bishop of Rome and saint 1476 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan, murdered

On December 6th - The Feast Of St Nicholas

20 PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE WORLD ON DECEMBER 6TH 1185 Afonso I, the Conqueror, king of Portugal (1143-85) aged 76 1352 Clement VI, [Pierre Roger], Pope (1342-52)

POINSETTIA THE FLOWER OF THE HOLY NIGHT

The Poinsettia is named after the USA's first ambassador to Mexico, Joel Robert Poinsett,

SANTA SCOOP

In 1925, a story was leaked to the international press claiming that due to a lack of grazing for the reindeer Santa Claus had to relocate from the North Pole.

SATURNALIA

Saturnalia was a period of the year that was one of great festivity for the pagan Romans.

SILVER TINSEL

It was in Germany that tinsel was first invented

THE HIDDEN MEANING OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Everyone is familiar with the famous Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and we have all at some time happily sung along to it.

THE MUMMERS AND THE LORD OF MISRULE

In medieval England the Lord of Misrule played a major part in the Christmas festivities.

THE NOT SO GREAT WAR

"Your country needs you," said Kitchener You're needed to fight them over there "It will be over by Christmas," they said But it was just getting started instead

TOPSY TURVEY

A major part of the Romans pagan Saturnalia festival, the ritual turning everything upside-

TREE WORSHIP

Many of our modern Christmas customs are carried over from pre-Christian celebrations.

XMAS

I have always hated the use of Xmas instead of Christmas and in fact I always believed it to be a vulgar Americanism.