Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas

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The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments. The golden traditions of Christmas--gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more--infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ. Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus' birth. Discover how * after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus' incarnation. * the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God. * the magi's three gifts--gold, frankincense, and myrrh--are filled with spiritual symbolism. The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.

Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zondervan, 2003.
ISBN: 9780310248804
0310248809
Branch Call Number: 394. 2663 COL
Characteristics: 195 p. : ill.
Alternative Title: Traditions of Christmas

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Kate13Liz
Dec 01, 2012

Interesting in how the author takes a VERY Christian take on even Pagan beginnings. Writes about big "G" god . But does come right out and say that most of the "traditions" that most North AMERICAN's (yes he/she is American) traditions is purely marketing.

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