Christmas

Naming Santas Reindeer

Ever wonder why you know the names of Santa's reindeer? You are about to know the secret of your youth.

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

by Clement Clarke Moore (Henry Livingston  Jr.)
 
christmas santa reindeer names twas the night before christmas'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
 
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
 
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
 
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
 
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

Christmas Countdown

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History: Christmas Holiday Celebrated Around The World

christmas history around the world The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.

 

In Scandinavia, the Norse celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. In recognition of the return of the sun, fathers and sons would bring home large logs, which they would set on fire. The people would feast until the log burned out, which could take as many as 12 days. The Norse believed that each spark from the fire represented a new pig or calf that would be born during the coming year.

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