Background/Symbols

Posted by on Dec. 4, 2012 at 5:00 AM
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Background

Christmas Eve, also known as the Vigil of Christmas, is perceived as the culmination of the Advent season. Christmas Eve is the day before Christmas Day is associated with celebrating Jesus Christ’s birth, although his actual birth date has been disputed among many scholars. However, many Christmas traditions that are around today have their roots in pre-Christian winter festivals. These include the importance of candles and decorations made from evergreen bushes and trees, symbolizing everlasting light and life.

In Roman times, a mid-winter festival was held. This was a relaxing time with a lot of parties and merry making. It was also common to give other people small gifts, such as dolls for children and candles for adults. This festival culminated with the celebration of the winter solstice, which fell on December 25 in the Roman calendar.

Symbols

Since pagan times, it was customary to decorate with greenery on festivals, especially with holly, ivy, and mistletoe. After some debate, the church authorities permitted it to be done on Christian festivals, at least from the early seventh century in England. Holly and ivy were associated with good and evil, or male and female, and so were often combined. Mistletoe has pagan associations. For example, the druids of Gaul regarded mistletoe growing on oak trees as sent from heaven.

Images of Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, snowmen, reindeer, and candy canes are seen in cards, posters, signs and other printed or marketing material associated with the Christmas celebrations. Images of baby Jesus, the Christmas star, and other symbols associated with the religious meaning of Christmas are also seen during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

by on Dec. 4, 2012 at 5:00 AM
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PoehlerBear1983
by Platinum Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 5:40 AM
Tfs
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ashleymosq
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 5:43 AM

NP

Quoting PoehlerBear1983:

Tfs


momofsixangels
by Colleen on Dec. 4, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Thanks.Fun to read these

ashleymosq
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 7:45 AM

NP. Fun to post them.

Quoting momofsixangels:

Thanks.Fun to read these


brownhoney21
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 7:48 AM

 Thanks.

alliesmom112
by Sandy on Dec. 4, 2012 at 10:54 AM

tfs

EbonySnow
by Desiree on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

 love this stuff

ashleymosq
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

NP

Quoting brownhoney21:

 Thanks.


ashleymosq
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

NP

Quoting alliesmom112:

tfs


ashleymosq
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM

So do I.

Quoting EbonySnow:

 love this stuff


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