The Legend Of Christmas

The Legend Of Christmas

#stockings #gold #hanging #gifts
Today, stores carry a large variety of styles and sizes of Christmas stockings, and, Christmas stockings are also a popular homemade craft.
Thus, the modern tradition was born, though present - day stockings are commonly stuffed with tiny gifts and candy, not gold.
Word quickly spread of the magical gift and children began hanging their stockings by the fire in hopes of receiving gold ... and the tradition stands on Christmas night all over the world to this day.
Many families create their own Christmas stockings with each family member's name applied to the stocking so that Santa will know which stocking belongs to which family member.
St. Nicholas putting the bag of gold into a stocking is probably where the custom of having a tangerine or satsuma at the bottom of your Christmas stocking came from.
#Nicholas #Father #saints
Then over time, this godly man named Saint Nicholas became Father Christmas in England, and eventually Santa Claus after the Dutch Sinterklaas.
The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick's Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas ( Dutch for Saint Nicholas ).
Even when Protestants discouraged the veneration of saints, St. Nicholas continued to enjoy his status and positive reputation and remained one with Christmas forever as Santa Claus or Father Christmas.
Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle and St Nicholas became 'Sinterklaas' or as we now say 'Santa Claus '!
The UK Father Christmas and the American Santa Claus became more and more alike over the years and are now one and the same.
#Legend #story #illustrated #Cookie
The Legends of Christmas Treasury; Inspirational Stories of Faith and Giving contains three bestselling Christmas stories that include The Legend of the Candy Cane, The Legend of St. Nicholas, and The Legend of the Christmas Cookie.
The Legend of the Christmas Cookie tells the story of a young boy named Jack who learns from his generous mother the story behind the Christmas cookie.
The Legend of the Christmas Cookie, written by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Richard Cowdrey, tells the story of a young boy named Jack who learns from his generous mother the story behind the Christmas cookie.
Based on an ancient legend, Kristoph and the First Christmas Tree is a video production drawn from the family - friendly story written by children's author Claudia Cangilla McAdam and illustrated by Dave Hill.
#Norse #Catholic
Michael Esordi, captain of the Krewe of Krampus, said Krampus is a very old European tradition with origins dating back to pre - Christian times.
Historians remain unsure as to the exact origins of the Krampus figure in folklore, but it is believed that like Santa, Krampus predates Christianity, stemming from Norse and Alpine traditions and Germanic paganism.
Krampus's frightening presence was suppressed for many yearsathe Catholic Church forbade the raucous celebrations, and fascists in World War II Europe found Krampus despicable because it was considered a creation of the Social Democrats.
Krampus's name is derived from the German word krampen, meaning claw, and is said to be the son of Hel in Norse mythology.
Television show Supernatural's episode, "A Very Supernatural Christmas" ( 2007 ), also touches on European traditions surrounding Santa Claus, this time involving the "Companions of St Nicholas ".
#spider #tree #webs #ornaments #house
In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to the legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus.
Ukrainians also create small Christmas tree ornaments in the shape of a spider ( known as pavuchky, literally "little spiders" ), usually made of paper and wire.
There are stories in Eastern Europe, usually from the Ukraine, that tell of a Christmas spider and people will include a spider ornament on their Christmas tree.
Long, long ago, on one Christmas Eve, spiders were banished from homes while people cleaned the houses and broke their webs.
A spider, who had narrowly escaped the dust mop, made his home in her tree and began to spin beautiful webs.
The Christmas spider story may not directly address these practical benefits, but it still promotes a refreshingly tolerant view of house spiders.
#celebrated #flounder #season #add
This cherished tradition of celebrating Christ's birth around a decorated tree is one of the most popular and beloved symbols of our Christmas season.
What he tells them not only marks the beginning of a new family tradition, it also adds a more profound meaning and greater appreciation to their whole Christmas celebration.
From that first meal, a holiday tradition was born and Christmas flounder became an annual treat -- at least for some time.
This is one major reason why the Christmas season is so long - it incorporates traditions that go back centuries before Christ.
While the Krewe keeps a large portion of their festivities very traditional, the group does add a New Orleans flair to the annual parade.
#image #advertisements #Nast
In 1881, political cartoonist Thomas Nast drew on Moore's poem to create the first likeness that matches our modern image of Santa Claus.
Stores began to advertise Christmas shopping in 1820, and by the 1840s, newspapers were creating separate sections for holiday advertisements, which often featured images of the newly - popular Santa Claus.
The American image of Santa Claus was further elaborated by illustrator Thomas Nast, who depicted a rotund Santa for Christmas issues of Harper's magazine from the 1860s to the 1880s.
Perhaps the most iconic department store Santa is Kris Kringle in the 1947 classic Santa Claus movie "Miracle on 34 Street.
This image of Santa became very popular, with more artists drawing Santa in his red and white costume from 1900 to 1930.
#Saint #Nicholas #York #New #Visit
In 1809, Washington Irving helped to popularize the Sinter Klaas stories when he referred to St. Nicholas as the patron saint of New York in his book, The History of New York.
As far back as 1823, when Clement Clarke Moore wrote "A Visit From Saint Nicholas," stockings were hung near the fireplace, awaiting a visit from Santa Claus.
In 1804, John Pintard, a member of the New York Historical Society, distributed woodcuts of St. Nicholas at the society's annual meeting.
This Dutch - American Saint Nick achieved his fully Americanized form in 1823 in the poem A Visit From Saint Nicholas more commonly known as The Night Before Christmas by writer Clement Clarke Moore.
The North American version of the Santa Claus figure received its inspiration and its name from the Dutch legend of Sinter Klaas, brought by settlers to New York in the 17th century.
#pickle #ornaments #holiday
A quirky Christmas tradition, the legend of the Christmas pickle is said to be an Old German holiday tradition that has been slow to spread to other parts of the world.
Every Christmas after that, he hung a Christmas pickle on this Christmas tree to remember the kindness of his captures and the healing power of a pickle.
Of course, Christmas pickle ornaments are for sale, along with other pickle - related items, including chocolate covered pickles, which the people of southwest Michigan claim are delicious and popular.
A clever sales clerk, according to this theory, began telling his customers that the Christmas pickle was a quaint, old - world holiday tradition as a way to get folks to buy the unwanted ornaments.
#December #Eve #presents #night
Most children receive their presents on Christmas Eve night or early Christmas morning, but in some countries they get their presents on St. Nicholas 'Eve, December 5th.
Following the premiere at 5 p.m. MST, BYUtv will air the concert an additional 15 times throughout December -- including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
On Krampus Night, or Krampusnacht, the eve of December 5, German children took care to not attract the attention of the intimidating beast, in hopes that St. Nicholas would bring presents on Nikolaustag, December 6.
The ancient Alpine tradition called Krampusnacht, or Krampus night, is when the king of Christmas nightmares reigns, traditionally on Dec. 5.
It's Christmas Eve in the year 722, and the young orphan Kristoph is accompanying the missionary priest Boniface through the German countryside on their way to the first Christmas the boy will celebrate outside the orphanage.
#gold #daughters #bag #man
All that is known is that a man named Nicholas gave 3 bags of gold to a man who had 3 daughters needing dowries in order to marry.
So at his mom, the daughters were together when a bag of gold sailed through the window, providing for a dowry for the oldest daughter to marry.
A man named Nicholas ordered a pair of shoes from a shoemaker, a man who had 3 daughters and no dowries for them.
One night, Nicholas secretly dropped a bag of gold down the chimney and into the house ( this meant that the oldest daughter was then able to be married ).
His parents had left him 3 bags of gold to live on before they died, and Idk if it was just me, but I didn't think Nicholas had to give the girls an entire bag of gold each.
#reindeer #details #North
Santa Claus and his wife, Mrs. Claus, call the North Pole home, and children write letters to Santa and track Santa's progress around the world on Christmas Eve.
Nast added such details as Santa's workshop at the North Pole and Santa's list of the good and bad children of the world.
Moore included such details as the names of the reindeer; Santa Claus's laughs, winks, and nods; and the method by which Saint Nicholas, referred to as an elf, returns up the chimney.
He flies on his magic sleigh led by his reindeer : Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph.
#tree #family #decorate #lot
On a visit to a tree lot, the Johnson family sees three beautifully decorated trees standing in the center of the lot.
Additionally, the downloadable "A Prayer of Blessing for a Christmas Tree" is ideal for a family to use when decorating their own evergreen tree.
The story narrates how the evergreen fir tree replaced the thunder oak ( Thor's Tree ) and was chosen as Christmas tree.
The children, excited by the prospect of a tree for Christmas, tended the seedling and made plans about how they would decorate the tree.
Poverty was a way of life for the small family, and when Christmas approached, the widow knew that they would not be able to decorate the tree.
On Christmas Eve, the woman went into the forest and came back with a small fir to serve as a Christmas tree.
#regions #children #Austria #Germany
Parts of Germany and Austria dread the beastly Krampus, while other Germanic regions have Belsnickle and Knecht Ruprecht, black - bearded men who carry switches to beat children.
The myth of Krampus can be found in the Alpine regions, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic, and the legend has gained long legs, reaching across Europe and around the world.
Hans Trapp is another "anti - Santa" who hands out punishment to bad children in the Alsace and Lorraine regions of France.
Like many legendary characters, including St. Nicholas himself, Krampus 'image has evolved over time and throughout regions, but Krampus represented a balance of light and dark, providing a harmony between good and evil.
In addition to Krampus, Santa traditionally enjoyed a host of different companions depending on region and culture, reflecting local history and beliefs.
#festival #Days #celebrations #calendar #feast
Though they don't celebrate a winter festival ( the Islamic calendar, being lunar - based, has no roots in a solar calendar ), they do revere Jesus as the penultimate Prophet, conceived of a virgin birth.
The Twelve Days of Christmas between December 25 and January 6 are also similar to the pagan Roman festival of Saturnalia.
In modern celebrations, Perchta or a close relation may show up in processions during Fastnacht, the Alpine festival just before Lent.
Saturnalia was a week - long festival between December 17 and 23 dedicated to Saturn, where people feasted and society turned upside down, with masters serving slaves.
Advent, the forty days before Christmas, was called "the forty Days of St. Martin" during the early Middle Ages and the Epiphany ( January 6 ) was actually a more important feast than Christmas itself until later in the medieval period.
#children #Cat #Yule #clothing #leave
To encourage children to work hard, parents told the tale of the Yule Cat, saying that Jolakotturinn could tell who the lazy children were because they did not have at least one new item of clothing for Christmas -- and these children would be sacrificed to the Yule Cat.
In ancient times, they stole things and caused trouble around Christmastime, so they were used to scare children into behaving, like the Yule Cat.
A poem written about the cat ends with a suggestion that children help out the needy, so they, too, can have the protection of new clothing.
The traditions became mingled, until the formerly devilish Jolasveinar became kind enough to leave gifts in shoes that children leave out ... if they are good boys and girls, that is.
#Award #Legend #won #BYUtv
On Broadway, Legend won a Tony Award last year as a producer of August Wilson's "Jitney," which won for Best Revival of a Play.
She won the ECPA Christian Book Award for Best Children's Book 2015 and multiple Mom's Choice Awards, as well as ALA Best Book, NY Public Library Top Pick, Children's Book Council Award of Excellence, and the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children's Literature.
In 2015, Legend, along with Common, won the Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award for their song "Glory" from the film "Selma," which chronicled the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama.
As a manager and a booker in the music industry, Smith was able to directly spread the word to talent agencies about the BYUtv Christmas special.
#Wise #kings #Men #Jesus
J ourney with the "Fourth Wise Man" Artiban ( Artie, for short ) to Bethlehem as he goes in search of the Newborn King of kings.
In Italy, the Epiphany marks the official end of the Christmas season, commemorating the day when the three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts.
In Russia, it is believed that an elderly woman named Babouschka purposely gave the wise men wrong directions to Bethlehem so that they couldn't find Jesus.
Although she followed the same star, she was unable to find the manger before the Wise Men did on January 6, the Epiphany.
She walked down the hills and saw the three kings enter the manger where baby Jesus was being taken care of by Mary and Joseph.
#eat #punishment #clothing #leave #shoes
He was about to eat one boy he captured when he was struck by lightning and killed -- a punishment of his own from God.
They also believe that if they leave some hay and carrots in their shoes for Sinterklaas's horse, they will be left some sweets.
If they hadn't learned their lessons, it was said he 'd leave them a stick or a lump of coal in their shoes at best, and at worst he 'd place the children in a sack, and either eat them or throw them in a river.
#tongue #demon #bidding #fangs #horned
Krampus isn't exactly the stuff of dreams : Bearing horns, dark hair, fangs, and a long tongue, the anti - St.
These companions are demons who have been tamed by the Saint and forced to do his bidding ( his bidding usually involving scaring the Hell out of bad kids ).
Another physical characteristic typically used in depictions of this creature include his signature long tongue hanging out from between his fangs.
It is believed that the long - horned, shaggy, goat - like monster with a long, angry face and lolling, forked tongue would visit the home of misbehaving children to punish them.
#dress #running #races #gathering
They're throwing Krampus parties, attending local Krampusnachts ( in cities like Washington, D.C. and New Orleans ), and running in Krampus - themed races.
More than 1200 Austrians gather in Schladming, Styria each year to dress up as Krampus, swatting passers - by with sticks and loudly ringing cowbells.
Many cities and towns, in keeping with old tradition, run a popular Krampuslauf, a sizeable gathering of revelers ( largely fortified by alcoholic schnapps ) dressed in Krampus costume to chase people through the streets.
Traditional annual parades are still held in which young men dress as the Krampus, and race through the streets snarling and shaking chains at onlookers.
Krampus may look like a devil, or like a wild alpine beast, depending on the region and what materials are available to make a Krampus costume.

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