Brief Histories of Common Christmas Traditions

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Elin Eriksen

I am surprised, some traditions was much older than I thought, like tinsel.
Thank you for sharing!


As children in the fifties we used to decorate the room with holly and paper chains but alas our budgie objected to the holly and assumed the paper chains were extra perches (which alas snapped). So we had to restrict the decorations.
I love Christmas carols but even now I still sing Silent Night as Stille Nacht from being in the German choir at school in the sixties!
I love tinsel and remember finishing the decorations on the tree with the ultra thin strips of silver tinsel which glittered in the light.
Thank you for this lovely post.

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