Category Archives: Christmas History & Traditions

Christmas History & Traditions

German Lace to Light up Your Tree

This month, in honor of Oktoberfest, we’d like to share with you the legacy of German Christmas decorations and the effect they’ve had on what we often think of as our very American Christmas traditions.  Exquisite lace tablecloths, doilies, and even Christmas ornaments can be found in many American homes around the holidays, but perhaps [...]

The German Christmas comes to America

German Christmas Ornaments When you look at your Christmas tree what do you see?  Globes, glass ornaments, tinsel?  All of these are German Christmas “inventions,” some passed down since the 12th century.  Even the indoor tree itself was a German innovation!  This month, in honor of Oktoberfest, we’d like to share with you the legacy [...]

The Origins of Santa Claus

There are many Origins of Santa Claus The Santa Claus we know today has origins as far back as the fourth century.  Combining mainly elements from the 4th century life of Saint Nicholas and the ancient mythology of the Germanic figure Odin, Western culture arrived at a composite character with a white beard, a host [...]

Christmas Traditions of the Southern Hemisphere

Christmas Around the World – Part 1: Christmas Traditions of the Southern Hemisphere When North Americans and Europeans think of Christmas, we think of white snow, warm dinners, and festive evergreens.  But in the southern hemisphere, in countries like South Africa and Australia, these seasonal associations hardly make sense.  When Christmastime comes to the Congo [...]