When you think of “Christmas”, what immediately comes to mind? Presents? Parties? Families? Food? Decorations? Music? How about the birth of Jesus?
Many of our modern Christmas traditions came to be during a 25 year period in the nineteenth century. It was during that time period that “Twas the Night Before Christmas” was penned by Clement Clarke Moore and the first Christmas card was created by Henry Cole. But there’s so much more!
Christmas traditions are a wonderful part of celebrating Christmas. Traditional holiday meals and special foods created from cherished family recipes are commonplace. For many it just wouldn’t be Christmas without a decorated tree and the presents underneath it. But. . . where did that tradition come from and why do we do that?
Shopping during the holidays can make a joyful angel out of some people, while others may turn into a sour scrooge by the time they are done with their shopping. But. . . why do we give all these gifts anyway? What started this whole thing of gift-giving?
Some say it began with the three wise men giving gifts to the baby Jesus. But did you realize that there were more than just the three kings and the gifts were likely much more than little containers of gold, frankincense and myrrh?
Speaking of the birth of Jesus, what about that moving Star of Bethlehem!? How could a Star move to a place directly over a little town? A star as we know it could not do that! Remember that a star is basically a gigantic ball of burning gas like our own sun. It could not move that close to our planet without burning it up! The surprising answer will seem so obvious as you read about it in “Season’s Reasons”.
Christmas carols are a welcome tradition for millions of people. However, they didn’t become a true part of our modern holiday until the early part of the nineteenth century when it began with one significant event you’ll learn about within the pages of this wonderfully written book.
You are likely familiar with the old English Christmas carol “Here We Come A-wassailing”. What in the world is “wassailing”? Basically, it includes singing carols door to door and drinking an especially spiced ale to the good health of others.
One of the many recipes included with “Secrets Behind Our Christmas Traditions Revealed” is a recipe for “Wassail”! I would guess that you’ve never drank a cup of wassail in your life! You’re in for a treat! Also included is a popular fudge recipe from the 1950′s by Mamie Eisenhower (the wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower). Yum!
When most people see a candy cane, it reminds them of Christmastime. You will learn about who invented the candy cane and why. What you probably didn’t realize, though, is that the very first candy canes were all white without the red stripes we are all familiar with today.
Of course, who can think of Santa Claus and not think of Christmas? Is Santa real? Well, in a word, “yes”, just not necessarily as we think of him today. The American Santa Claus, like America itself, came from a melting pot of many different Old World cultures and characters, including Dutch, German, and Russian. You’ll learn about the origin of his elves, reindeer, and even Rudoph!
“Season’s Reasons” is a book you and your loved ones will enjoy for years! Learning where your traditions came from will help make them even more special and meaningful to you year after year. Share what you learn with friends and family during your Christmas together.
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