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celebrate Epiphany, a commemoration of the baptism of Jesus. Epiphany also traditionally
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and myrrh. The official Christmas season主线2, popularly known as either Christmastide or the Twelve
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Epiphany on January 6.
Christmas is one of the most beautiful holidays of all time. It is the day when God's son was
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gives rise to a number of Christmas traditi that come along. Here are a few of them that are
celebrated with zest and enthusiasm worldwide for centuries.
On this day, many go to church爱归来, where they take part in special religious services. During the
Christmas season, they also exchange gifts and decorate their homes with holly, mistletoe, and
Preparation of the Christmas cake
This was an English tradition which started centuries ago. On Christmas eve, plum porridge
was served to the people. As years passed真三外挂, various other things like dry fruits平顶山德克士, honey and spices
were used. Soon this porridge got replaced with the Christmas cake. Christmas cakes are made
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Decorating the Christmas tree
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candy canes, etc. Today大众交谊舞, a Christmas tree is an indispensable part of Christmas celebration.
Lighting up the Christmas candle
This refers to the tradition of placing a lighted candle outside houses during the
Christmas season. A candle signifies hope as it brings light even to the darkest room. In the
earlier times沈亚军, when Christians were persecuted, they were not allowed to practice prayers. Hence,
a single candle used to be placed outside the house as a sign that Christian prayers were being
Sending gifts to loved ones
This tradition comes from the story of the three wise men who got gifts for baby Jesus
on Christmas. Every Christmas, gifts are exchanged among loved ones, especially children. The
story of Santa Claus also comes from this tradition.
Christmas cards 圣诞贺卡的起源：
The custom of sending Christmas cards started in Britain in 1840 when the first 'Penny
Post' public postal deliveries began. (Helped by the new railway system, the public postal service
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methods improved路淘旅行网, Christmas cards were produced in large numbers from about 1860. They
became even more popular in Britain when a card could be posted in an unsealed envelope for
one half-penny - half the price of an ordinary letter.
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Traditionally, Christmas cards showed religious pictures - Mary尤文图斯vsac米兰, Joseph and baby Jesus,
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Christmas, or romantic scenes of life in past times.
All over Britain on Christmas Day启东新闻, families can be found sitting around their dining
tables enjoying a traditional lunch of roast turkey with all the trimmings - and all深圳西丽租房, regardless of
age成都卖房, wearing coloured paper hats. It is rumoured that even the Queen wears her paper hat over
So why this quaint tradition? Where do these paper hats come from? The answer is the
A Christmas Cracker is a cardboard paper tube减肥吃什么药, wrapped in brightly coloured paper and
twisted at both ends. There is a banger inside the cracker, two strips of chemically impregnated
paper that react with friction so that when the cracker is pulled apart by two people, the cracker
makes a bang.
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slip of paper and a little gift.
Christmas crackers are a British tradition dating back to Victorian times when in the
early 1850s, London confectioner Tom Smith started adding a motto to his sugared almond
bon-b which he sold wrapped in a twisted paper package.