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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Christmas Trivia - Bells

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The ringing of bells is an early pagan winter celebration to drive out evil spirits.

Later, the tradition was to ring bells on Christmas Eve to welcome in the spirit of Christmas with joyful noise.

In Norway, bells still ring throughout the country on Christmas Eve at 5 PM.

In Yorkshire, England, on Christmas Eve, the bell is rung once for each year that has passed since the birth of Christ.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Aroud the Christmas Net #5

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Christmas Trivia

I recently came across this Christmas trivia site, aptly named Christmas Trivia. If you’re into Christmas trivia you’ll surely like this site, as it’s got plenty of quizzes on a wide range of Christmas topics both easy and difficult.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Annual MMC Ornament Exchange

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It is time to start thinking Christmas 2009! What better way than to sign up for our annual ornament exchange at My Merry Christmas.

It's quite simple and fun . . . you ship off an ornament to someone and they ship one to you. Personalize the ornament as a Christmas greeting from your family and share what is sent to you with all who enter your home this holiday season.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Christmas Trivia - Candy Cane

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A 18th century English candy maker decided to make a candy commemorating Christmas (this was during the time that Christmas celebrating was outlawed in England). The result was a candy cane representing the Shepherds staff. Made of white candy to represent purity with three red stripes for the Trinity and one large red stripe for Jesus' blood shed.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Chrstmas in July - Angels

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Angels are a beautiful symbol and a wonderful decoration for your home. Whether you are decorating for the holidays or creating accents for various rooms, this collection of angel craft projects is full of lovely little angels that will brighten your home.

The editors have picked 16 of their favorite quick and easy angel crafts for this special eBook, including the popular clay pot garden angel (page 14), an angel wind chime (page 20), and the kid-friendly angel ornaments (page 40).

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Christmas Trivia - Candles

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Lighting candles is an early pagan tradition to drive away the forces of cold and darkness.

The Romans decorated their temples with greenery and candles.

The early Christians started to light candles as symbolic of the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Christmas Trivia - Christmas Cards

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Card making began with school children drawing pictures of biblical scenes and a message like Happy Holidays and I promise to be good, etc., that was given to their parents before Christmas.

In 1846, after the advent of the British postal system, the first Christmas Card was produced, showing a family celebrating a Christmas dinner in the center and on each side were acts of charity picturing feeding and clothing the poor, with the message "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You.", made by John Calcott Horsley. 1,000 cards were made.