Christmas Traditions From Old

1 decade 1 year 11 months ago Monday, December 26 2005 Dec 26, 2005 Monday, December 26, 2005 7:05:00 AM CST December 26, 2005 in News
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Buildings decked with thousands of twinkling lights, stars hung from chimney mantels, and ornaments hanging from evergreen trees. For many people these decorations are all signs of the christmas season. And lots of us have ideas about their origins. In the eyes of many Americans, trees and misletoe, and wreaths are connected to Christianity. But scholars point to acient origins before Christianity. Reverand Steven Galbraith is a pagan expert on the origin of holiday traditions. He says, "The actual tradition of the Christmas tree comes from the Norse, because they used to haul in the evergreen tree and hang it from the rafters of their communal house." Galbraith says hanging a wreath represents the cycle of rebirth. It is a ring that reinforces the circular nature of the symbol. However you interpret the symbols of the season, it remains a time of laughter comfort and joy.

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