Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Questions About Christmas History:

What happened during the World War I, Christmas Truce?

      Christmas or Christmas Day is a holiday generally observed on December 25 (with alternative days of January 6, 7 and 19) to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The exact birthday of Jesus is not known, and historians place his year of birth some time between 7 BC and 2 BC. Narratives of his birth are included in two of the Canonical gospels in the New Testament of the Bible. Prophesy of Jesus birth exists throughout the entire Old Testament.
      The date of Christmas may have initially been chosen to correspond with either the day exactly nine months after Christians believe Jesus to have been conceived, the date of the Roman winter solstice, or one of various ancient winter festivals. Christmas is central to the Christmas and holiday season, and in Christianity marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days.
      Although nominally a Christian holiday, Christmas is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians worldwide, and many of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of Christmas cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. In addition, several figures, known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus, among other names, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season.

Questions About Christmas History:
  1. History of Christmas Links: How did the American Pioneer's celebrate Christmas? Pioneer Christmas in the Old West  * A Pioneer Christmas * gifts about pioneer Christmas from Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home * A Frontier Christmas at Fort Sisseton ** 
  2. How did Americans celebrate Christmas during the great depression? Memories of Christmas during the depression*** 
  3. Keeping Christmas During WWI & WWII. Christmas Truce of 1914 * Christmas At War * photos of Christmas during WWII * Marine Corps still kept Christmas * bad news at Christmas * Christmas as a German prisoner of war * 
  4. What was Christmas like during the Civil War? Peace on Earth? *** 
  5. How Early American Colonists Celebrated Christmas? The pineapple in Colonial Williamsburg *** 
  6. What was Christmas like in England during the 1800s? Christmas yule log traditions of England * Boars head for Christmas dinner? * Argus for the Christmas table. * The history of Christmas mince-pies or 'mutton-pies.' * Christmas Plum-Pottage * The Climbing Boys ** 
  7. What was Christmas like in England during the 1900s? Songs of Praise, Christmas 1910 * BBC-Coventry and Warwickshire Features - Christmas in the 1950s * Magpie, 1970s * The Festive Tree in 1906 **
  8. Christmas speeches and memories of American Presidents? On December 24, 1949, President Harry Truman sent Christmas greetings to the nation by radio from * Christmas With The American Presidents * The Clevelands in the White House * 1941-1953 National Christmas Trees * Christmas with the presidents * The National Christmas Trees * Christmas with Thomas Jefferson *** 
  9. The history of the Christmas tree in America? Professor Follen brought the first Christmas tree to New England * History of the Christmas Tree * Lighting of the National Christmas Tree History * 
  10. What was Christmas like during the Protestant Reformation? Christmas During the Reformation *** 
  11. What was Christmas like in English Speaking Countries during the 1940's and 60's? Christmas in Cawston * My Dad's Best Christmas: 1945 ** 
  12. Christmas in America late 1800s through 1920? Currier and Ives Lithographs ***
  13. What is the history behind some of our traditional Christmas objects? The History of Candles ********

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