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Explaining Christmas Traditions: The 12 Days of Christmas

People are familiar with the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” but have you ever wondered  why there are 12 days of Christmas and what is up with the bizarre gifts (do you want a partridge in a pear tree)? 12 Days of Christmastide While we often think of the Christmas season...

Explaining Christmas Traditions: December 25th

People often ask if we know that Jesus was born on December 25. The short answer is that we don’t know, as no one recorded what day he was born and they didn’t have birth certificates back then. The stories of Christ’s birth in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke state that Jesus...

Explaining Christmas Traditions: Santa Claus

We are explaining the origin of some Christmas traditions and customs. Before diving into the one for this week, I did want to point out a question that sometimes comes up at this time of year - why do people sometimes write Xmas? The origins of that phrase actually comes from the Greek...

Explaining Christmas Traditions: Christmas Trees

Have you ever put up your Christmas tree and wondered, “Who in the world came up with the idea of putting a tree in your house to celebrate the birth of Jesus?” Or maybe you see all the pine needles your tree (real or fake!) is shedding and ask, “Why in the world is it a pine...