The birth of Jesus

Part of a series on the traditions of Christmas Christmas Day shouldn’t really be on Christmas day at all. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but Jesus wasn’t born in December. The Christian Church has never claimed that he was but chose the 25th as a convenient …

The Christmas Tree

Part of a series on the traditions of Christmas One decoration that deserves its own history is the Christmas tree. Whoever thought that chopping down a tree, bringing it indoors and covering it with lights would be a good way of celebrating Christmas? The story goes back many thousands of …

Decorations and lights

part of a series on the traditions of Christmas Decking the hall with boughs of holly may have given way to chains of streamers, but decorating our homes has been part of Christmas for hundreds of years. Bringing evergreen plants such as holly, ivy and mistletoe was a way of saying that …