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What Does A Christmas Tree Represent?

The Unexpected Truth about the Christmas Trees and Their Decorations Each year we decorate a tree with tinsel, Christmas lights, baubles, and ornaments, without really stopping to think about why we’re doing it – and frankly how weird the whole thing actually is.  Since you’re reading this, you may have had a sudden curiosity as …

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How Do They Celebrate Christmas in Australia? 11+ Fun Facts On Xmas

Fun Facts About Christmas in Australia We all know that the festivities down under are a bit different due to it being their summer season in December.  Our usual traditions of hot chocolate, snowy walks, and fireplaces don’t really make sense in the scorching sun. So this got us thinking, how do they celebrate Christmas …

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What is the Tradition & History of Christmas Bells?

The Interesting Tradition of Christmas Bells & Bell Ringing Christmas bells are everywhere; in our towns, holiday songs, and favorite movies.  ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Silver Bells’, and ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’ – we all happily sing along to these popular carols each year.  But do you ever think about the history of Christmas bells, …

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What Is A Christingle Service + The Meaning Behind

What Is a Christingle and What Is the Meaning Behind It?  There are so many festive events around the holiday season, particularly Christmas time.  One of the most well-known might be the Christingle service. But if you haven’t heard of this before, then you’re in the right place.  In this guide, we explain what is …

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Christmas Was Cancelled! Which Country Banned Christmas in 1644?

Christmas Was Banned by Which Country in 1644? When we talk about the history of Christmas, we can trace the happy holiday back to Roman times.  What a lot of people don’t know is that the big day was actually illegal for a short period of time in the Seventeenth Century.  But which country banned …

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Who Is Kris Kringle? The International Spirit of Christmas

The Real Story Behind Kris Kringle, St. Nicholas, Santa Claus & Father Christmas When we think of Christmas, no matter where you are in the world, the image that is conjured up has long since been known worldwide as one of joy, festivities, feasting and togetherness. This feeling came to be embodied by one singular …

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What is a Yule Log? The Delicious Christmas History

The Yule Log is one of our most famous, favourite Christmas cakes and household centrepieces which graces our table after the extravagant turkey feast. But have you ever wondered where this tradition came from? Why do we eat a dessert to replicate a tree bark? It’s a strange concept. Well, you’re in luck because we’ve …

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Why Do We Eat Turkey At Christmas – The Interesting Truth

Why is Turkey Eaten at Christmas? An unimaginable number of families globally will tuck into a turkey during the holidays, without stopping to wonder ‘Why Do We Eat Turkey At Christmas?’.  And when we say an unimaginable number, we really mean it. During the holiday season, over 10 million turkeys are eaten in the UK …

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