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A – Angels In Greek, the word 'angel' means 'messenger'. According to the popular belief, the angels had an important role to play in Christmas, as they brought the news of the birth of Christ child to the shepherds.
B – Boxing Day, Christmas Bells Christmas bells are believed to announce the arrival of baby Jesus and mark the beginning of the holiday season. The tinkling sound of bells guide the lost sheep back to the fold, just like God would guide people to walk in His ways.
C –Carol singing Christmas carols are basically Christmas songs based on the Christmas theme. Carol singing is an old custom wherein people sing carols during the period before Christmas. It is a tradition loved by all and the best way to spread the Christmas spirit.
Christmas Candy Cane They are cane shaped sticks which are traditionally striped in red and white colors. It is believed to symbolize the Sherpherd's hook used to bring the lambs back to their fold. In modern times, people believe that is represents an inverted "J" of Jesus Christ.
D – Christmas Decorating In the weeks leading up to and during Christmas, people hang decorations in their homes. Red and green are the traditional colours of Christmas.
E – Elves On Christmas Eve night all of the Elves will be picked up by Santa to help him deliver the toys and they will return to the North Pole.
Green represents the continuance of life through the winter and the Christian belief in eternal life through Jesus. E – Evergreen
F – Frumenty In England, the only thing that people ate on the day before the feast was Frumenty, which is, was a kind of porridge made from corn. Over the years the recipe changed. Eggs, fruit, spice, lumps of meat and dried plums were added. The whole mixture was wrapped in a cloth and boiled. This is how plum pudding began.
People around the world send Christmas Greeting Cards and present gifts to their friends and family. The first Christmas gifts were given by the three wise men to baby Jesus, so giving rise to the custom of exchanging gifts. G – Greeting Cards, Gifts
H - Holly The Holly, from ancient times, was used by people in Britain to protect their homes from evil spirits (the word "holly" comes from holy). The holly is believed to symbolize the crown of thorns worn by Christ during crucifixion. It is a religious symbol and is used as an offering to God.
I - Icicles Baby Jesus had taken shelter under a pine tree. When the tree realized that it was giving shelter to God, it let out tears of happiness which froze to form icicles. They are now used as a popular tree decoration during Christmas.
J – Jesus, Joseph Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Jesus came into the world in Palestine 2000 years ago. Joseph is the husband of Mary.
K – Kissing under the mistletoe The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe on Christmas emerged in Europe during the Middle Ages. The original custom held that each time a man kissed a woman under a twig of mistletoe, he should remove one of the berries. Once all the berries were gone, no more kissing could take place under that twig.
L – Christmas Lights Christmas lights are magical decorations.
M – Mummering One England's customs is mummering. In the Middle Ages, people called mummers put on masks and acted out Christmas plays. These plays are still performed in towns and villages.
N – North Pole Santa Claus lives in the North Pole where he makes the gifts with help of elves.
O – Old Winter Old Man Winter like the elfish creature Jack Frost, is a personification of winter, sometimes also called Father Winter. He may be an alternative older name for Father Christmas and has been identified with the Old English god Woden.
P – Christmas Pudding The Christmas pudding is a brown pudding with raisins, nuts and cherries. It is similar to fruitcake, except that pudding is steamed and fruitcake is baked. Traditionally a silver coin (six pence) was hidden inside the Christmas Pudding. The silver coin brought good fortune to whomever was lucky enough to find it when the pudding was cut.
Q – Christmas Quotes, Quilling Cards "Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts." - Janice Maeditere
R – Ribbon During the holiday season, Christmas Ribbons are highly popular. Most popular colors are red and gold. That these colors more closely depict the Christmas holidays.
S – Stars, Santa, Stocking The Christmas star revealed the birth of Jesus to the three wise men and also guided them to Bethlehem. It is also used as a popular Christmas decoration. Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and simply "Santa“ was a real person. He was a kind bishop who brought presents to children and needy people. There is a legend associated with the origin of Christmas stockings. St. Nick, who wanted to remain anonymous and help a poor family, threw gold coins down their chimney. They fell into a stocking that was hanging there to dry.
S – Snowman, Sledge The snowman is a figure carved out of snow used as a popular decoration and has become an icon of Christmas in recent times.
T – Turkey A traditional English and British Christmas dinner includes roast turkey or goose. A Christmas tradition involving the turkey is to pull its wishbone. This is one of the bones of the turkey which is shaped like the letter 'Y'. Two people will each hold an end and pull. The person left with the larger piece of the bone makes a wish.
U – Uproar
V – Virgin Mary Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus.
W - Wreath Christmas wreaths are an indispensable part of Christmas decorations. Just like the Christmas wreath does not have an end, it symbolizes the eternal love of God.
X – X-mas Tree The meaning of the Christmas tree is interpreted in many ways. The most popular beliefs are that the needles of the tree point towards heaven symbolizing man's connection with God, and since it is an evergreen tree it signifies abundant life throughout the year. The decorating of the tree is usually a family occasion, with everyone helping.
Y – Yule log It is traditional to light a special 'Yule log' on Christmas Eve and keep it burning through the 12 nights of Christmas until Twelfth Night.
Z – Zest
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