Monthly Archives: November 2012

How did the American Christmas Tree Become So Popular?

German immigrants to America are most probably the root of the spread of the American Christmas Tree, but not the carriers. That honor appears to go to commercial literature in the form of holiday Gift Books. Just know a paradox … Continue reading

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Where the Christmas Tree Comes From

O Tannenbaum O Tannenbaum … How  Lovely Are Your Branches… I grew up singing this classic Christmas carol. It still nostalgically takes me back to a Christmas Pageant in grade school. The emotional gravitational pull of nostalgia is simply amazing. … Continue reading

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My Last Christmas

Danger is my game. Passion has never made me the same. Have you ever said a dangerous prayer? You know the one. The one that totally rearranges your world. The year was 1998. The verse I cried out from the … Continue reading

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Yuletide Tradition – Kids in Charge

Did you know that having your children in charge of your household at Christmas and the chaos that usually ensues is a timeless cycle that’s a living piece of ancient culture? We literally tap into an ancient, authentic Yuletide atmosphere … Continue reading

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Where Christmas Comes From – Part 2

Before we delve into the depths of the second half of the “truth be told” story – Christmas has two immediate predecessors if we are looking at Western Civilization and into the season as well: Today’s Christmas Day was originally Mithra’s Winter … Continue reading

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Where Christmas Comes From – Part 1

What’s the world coming to?! Someone in institutional Christianity has debunked several Christmas myths, and that person is probably the most powerful one of the bunch – Pope Benedict XVI. The PR for his book “Jesus of Nazareth – The … Continue reading

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Ideal Christmas Has Never Existed

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Every year as people “take on” Christmas, stress arises. I remember when I was growing up, my mom used to say, “I wish Christmas would be like it used to be.” You know the one. The one where snow gently … Continue reading

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