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Missing: Holiday Cheer

In Holidays on December 16, 2010 at 3:41 pm


Almost another week down, and Christmas is in less than 10 days, I really can’t believe it. It has been such a whirlwind putting up all my decorations, attending parties, wearing festive, but not tacky outfits, and trying to finalize all my gifts. Needless to say, with a never-ending to do list it can be hard to really feel the holiday spirit. Instead of thinking about this magical time of year, my brain can only seem to think about one thing–how ridiculous Christmas decorations actually are. Seriously, most everything we put up is fake, or doused with glitter, we have knick-knacks we would never ordinarily buy, and we are transforming our homes for just a few short and busy weeks. So, I decided to figure out why we even decorate at all, and how it all got started. Here are some great Christmas facts I bet you didn’t even know…

The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree began in Germany when people decorated Evergreen Fir’s inside their homes. Tree decor included roses, apples and colored paper. (Maybe a hint for next year’s tree theme??)

The idea of lighting the tree came from Martin Luther, a German priest, when he was struck by the beauty of a starlit Fir tree outside. However, it wasn’t twinkle lights for him, instead he tied candles to the branches of his tree.

The Christmas tree tradition was brought over to the US from Germany in the 1800’s.

Kissing under the Mistletoe was a tradition started in Scandinavia thanks to Frigga, the Goddess of Love. Thanks Frigga, this is one of my favs 🙂

Poinsettias came from Mexican ambassador Joel Poinsett. He believe that the plant resembled the Star of Bethlehem. (Also, did you know it was spelled and pronounced POINsettia, not POINTsettia?? Me either)

Have you sent your Christmas cards yet or are you still putting off that task? The tradition dates back to Britain in 1843 when mail became much faster than railway communication.

So, if you’re like me and have been searching for your holiday cheer in endless amounts of Starbucks, stores and Santa’s, maybe this history will help restore your holiday cheer.


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