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25 Days of Christmas: Day 25 ~ Christmas Around the World, Part V

Christmas in the Middle East Although much of the Middle East is devoted to Islam – or, in Israel, to Judaism – every year thousands of Christians from around the world make pilgrimages to the Holy Land, especially Bethlehem. They … Continue reading

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25 Days of Christmas: Day 24 ~ Christmas Around the World, Part IV

Christmas in South America The celebration of Christmas in South America is similar to that in Central America because of the warm climate and the religious aspect of the holiday. As with most countries of Hispanic origin, children receive gifts … Continue reading

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25 Days of Christmas: Day 22 ~ Christmas Around the World, Part II

England In England, the Christmas tree has been widespread since Prince Albert introduced the custom in 1841. Caroling and bell ringing are very popular as well, and the land that gave us the Christmas card is still sending them by … Continue reading

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25 Days of Christmas: Day 11 ~ Santa Claus & Traditions of Christmas, Part I

Santa Claus He’s called Santa Claus, Sinter Klaas, Father Christmas, and Père Noël, among other names, but the title of St. Nicholas comes closest to the historical roots of this giver of gifts. Although modern Santa’s appearance and traditions spring … Continue reading

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25 Days of Christmas: Day 9 ~ Christmas In America

American Christmas Columbus’ 1492 voyage to the New World ended when he ran aground on Christmas Eve, and he and his men were rescued by native peoples. His was, of course, the first of many such expeditions to what would … Continue reading

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