Christmas customs – where did these traditions come from?

While we prepare for the upcoming Christmas season with advent calendars, decorating our trees, putting lights up and hanging our stockings; have you ever wondered how these traditions became part of our celebrations? Well, we did & here’s what we found! Christmas trees were first decorated in 16th century Germany. They chose fir trees for both indoors & out. Decorations included apples, roses, gilded candies and colored paper. It was believed in the Middle Ages to symbolize the Garden of Eden. It is also believed that Protestant reformer, Martin Luther was the first to put lights (really they were candles) … Continue reading

Santa Tracker 2010!

Its December 1st which means we get to start out yummy advent calendars and pull out the Christmas decorations, lights and all! If you have any little kiddies who get excited for the arrival of their jolliest friend, remember to log on to the Norad Santa Tracker on December 24th. This will tell them where Santa is all around the world and adds a realistic touch to the magic of Christmas Eve. In addition to watching Santa fly around the world in his sleigh, consider taking a couple bites out of “Santas” chocolate chip cookies and leaving the glass of … Continue reading