King Herod orders the massacre of all the boys less than two years old in Bethlehem, but the family flees to Egypt and later settles in Nazareth. Associating it with drunkenness and other misbehavior, the Puritans banned Christmas in the 17th century. In Moscow in children were brought to spit on the crucifixes at Christmas. As one of the few fruits traditionally available to northern countries in winter, oranges have been long associated with special Christmas foods. Christians believe that a number of passages in the Bible are prophecies about future events in the life of the promised Messiah or Jesus Christ. At the Reformation in 16th—17th-century Europe, many Protestants changed the gift bringer to the Christ Child or Christkindl , corrupted in English to Kris Kringle, and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve. A Closer Look at Christmas July In other versions, elves make the toys.
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History of Christmas Trees
Archived from the original on January 12, In Catholic countries, people hold religious processions or parades in the days preceding Christmas. When Santa was a shaman. Christmas, along with Easter, is the period of highest annual church attendance. Night of the Twisters Panic in the Skies! The ancient Egyptians worshipped a god called Ra, who had the head of a hawk and wore the sun as a blazing disk in his crown. Postal customers will often use these stamps to mail Christmas cards , and they are popular with philatelists. While the celebration of Christmas was not yet customary in some regions in the U. These elements, including the Yule log from Yule and gift giving from Saturnalia ,  became syncretized into Christmas over the centuries. Between a fishing schooner called the Christmas Ship would tie up at the Clark Street bridge and sell spruce trees from Michigan to Chicagoans.
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Description:The regions of Italy: As a port on the Mediterranean Sea, in the middle of the sea lanes that linked Egypt, Greece and Rome, Myra was a destination for traders, fishermen, and merchant sailors. To mark the occasion, they decorated their homes and temples with evergreen boughs. By the 13th century, in France, Germany, and particularly, Italy, under the influence of Francis of Assisi , a strong tradition of popular Christmas songs in the native language developed. Moravian Christmas in the South. Among countries with a strong Christian tradition, a variety of Christmas celebrations have developed that incorporate regional and local cultures. Now, she brings gifts to all children. Christians believe that a number of passages in the Bible are prophecies about future events in the life of the promised Messiah or Jesus Christ. The New York Times.