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A Little Bit of History For The Celebration of Christmas - Winter Festivals
Christmas is an ancient celebration, and has been a celebrated Holiday
throughout history. Even before the birth of Christ there were winter
celebrations. Early civilizations in Europe celebrated the winter solstice, the
longer winter days were behind them and they could look forward to longer
daylight and warmer weather.
The end of winter was better for celebrating in most of Europe. Meat was
plentiful as the cattle were slaughtered at that time and there was plenty to
drink as the wine and beer would be ready with the fermentation.
The Norse were one of the civilizations who celebrated at that time for Yule.
December 21st through January. They burned a huge log, the flame would represent
the return of the sun. They would feast until the log was burnt out. This could
last close to 12 days. When the flames would spark and pop the Norse believed it meant a new
pig or calf would come the following year.
Celebrating Christmas In America
Christmas tradition celebrations however are fairly recent in the USA. The
Puritans banned any celebration of Christmas when they came to the New World.
This was because most of the celebrations were for the winter and pagan
festivals and not for the birth of Christ. These festivals involved the
merriment and drunkenness which did not suit the Puritans belief.
The celebrations of course did make it's way into the USA by new people coming.
The Germans brought us Christmas trees and around 1840 most people decorated
trees and celebrated Christmas, Christmas became a National Holiday in 1870. The
Victorian era brought highly decorated glass bulbs and cards. Christmas today is
full of traditions from all over the world. It wouldn't be Christmas without
that pine filling the air, or Santa coming to give gifts. What we can not forget
though is the main reason of why Christmas is celebrated for most, is because of
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