CHRISTMAS TALES - HISTORY
HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS
The origins of the Christmas cracker lie in France where bags of bon-bons where wrapped in paper
It was in sixteenth century Germany, or so the legend has it, in a town called Wittenberg in Saxony-Anhalt.
The next time you're whining on about what a crap christmas you had because your mother in law over
As so many Christmas innovations artificial trees originated in Germany towards the end of the 1800's.
It was in 1843 when Christmas cards first came into being and with the advent of cheap postage
It was in the 4th century when The Catholic Church decided to celebrate Christmas on December 25th.
People have different perceptions as to the custom of The exchanging of Christmas presents some say
The practice of using small candles to decorate Christmas tree's is said to date back to the
There is a legend suggesting that Martin Luther Who was a sixteenth century religious reformer
During the Middle Ages Christmas was the most popular of the religious holidays as it was
IT HAPPENED ON DECEMBER 13TH 863 Boudouin with the Iron Arm married Judith,
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
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
20 PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE WORLD ON DECEMBER 26TH 267 Dionysius, bishop of Rome and saint 1476 Galeazzo Maria Sforza, duke of Milan, murdered
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)
The Poinsettia is named after the USA's first ambassador to Mexico, Joel Robert Poinsett,
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 was a period of the year that was one of great festivity for the pagan Romans.
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.
In medieval England the Lord of Misrule played a major part in the Christmas festivities.
"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
A major part of the Romans pagan Saturnalia festival, the ritual turning everything upside-