Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas

                                           When and How Did Christmas Start?
Denyce , Alisha, Jaylah

354 AD contains early evidence of the celebration on December 25th of a  Christian                                      liturgical feast of the birth of Jesus.  Many popular customs associated with Christmas developed independently of the commemoration of Jesus birth. They had pre Christian festivals that by the time the church was celebrated around a winter with people who were later converted with Christianity. Christianity means a religion based on a person and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth or it’s beliefs or practices. Nazareth means a historic town in Northern Israel that is mentioned in the Gospels as the home of Joseph and Mary. The fact the Donatists of  Roman North Africa celebrated Christmas may indicate that the feast was established time the church was made in 311. The other dates for Christmas is January 6th and 7th and the 19th

Why do we get presents on Christmas?
Abi, Dora, Mia

Family and friends give presents to each other to show appreciation and how much they care
The first present that people can remember is when God gave his one and only son to the people of Earth.
Presents can be from underwear and socks to $1000 toys. Kids always love to try to peek at their presents and figure out what they’re getting.

The following is an old story that doesn’t appear to have an author. It has been shared many times.

The Gold Wrapping Paper:

Once upon a time many years ago, there was a gruff man who worked very hard just to keep food on the table for his wife and children. This particular year just days before Christmas, he punished his little five-year-old daughter after learning that she had used up the family's only roll of expensive gold wrapping paper.
As money was so tight, he became even more upset when on Christmas Eve he saw that the child had used all of the expensive gold paper just to decorate one large shoebox she had put under the Christmas tree. He also wondered where she had gotten the money to buy whatever was in the shoebox.
Nevertheless, the next morning the little girl, filled with excitement, brought the gift box to her father and said, "This is for you, Daddy!"
 As he opened the box, the father was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, now regretting how he had punished her.
 But when he opened the shoebox, he found it was empty and again his anger flared. "Don't you know, young lady," he said harshly, "when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside the package!"
 The little girl looked up at him with sad tears rolling from her eyes and whispered: "Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into it until it was all full."
 The father was crushed. He fell on his knees and put his arms around his precious little girl. He begged her to forgive him for his unnecessary anger.
 An accident took the life of the child only a short time later. It is told that the father kept this little gold box by his bed for all the years of his life. Whenever he was discouraged or faced difficult problems, he would open the box, take out an imaginary kiss, and remember the love of this beautiful child who had put it there.
 In a very real sense, each of us has been given an invisible golden box filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, family, friends and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

Why are the main colors of Christmas red, green, white, and gold?

By Aaliyah, Rheya , Caden

The colors of Christmas are green, red, gold and white. Green represents holly and the trees. It also reminds people that winter dose not last forever. Red represents Santa. It also represents the bishop ropes that Santa wears. This goes back to other stories about St. Nicholas. Gold represents the sun and light on the dark night of Christmas. It also represents the colour that people say keeps you warm. White represents the snow and the cold winter night.

Mistletoe Tradition


Our question is: How did the mistletoe tradition start?

by Adrian ,Zack ,Keeshan

Since ancient times, the mistletoe has been one of the most magical mysterious plants of European folklore. People argue against the use of mistletoe in Christmas decor as the plants were used in pagan tradition. Mistletoe has been associated to Celtic and Pagan rituals and was used in Norse mythology. People in ancient times thought of it as a plant that held wonderful powers. In some cultures the mistletoe was a symbol of peace, love and kindness. The modern day tradition of kissing under the mistletoe comes from Norse mythology. A Norse goddess declared the mistletoe a plant to symbolize love rather than death. As the myth goes it recently stood for being a symbol of love. Kissing under the mistletoe naturally became a tradition as everyone understands the powers of love.

    Christmas Tree Traditions
Olivia, Cameron, Hunter
The Christmas tree tradition started in Germany, were the people would take in pine or an evergreen tree, (now or a fake one,) and decorate the tree with: 
1700’s; apples, nuts and foods.
1800’s; candles, cranberry and popcorn strings, garland, tinsel and candy canes.
Now, lights, Christmas ornaments, candy canes and ribbon and for the top, it’s the star of Bethlehem, or a herald angel