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Posted by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM
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What is Mrs. Claus' first name?

Who is Thomas Nast?

Why do you give gifts at Christmas?

What is Mistletoe?

What is the King of Misrule?

What is a Christmas Card?

What is a wreath?

What is a Christmas Tree?

What is a "Carol"?

What is garland?

by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 2:48 PM
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tmsaum
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 4:19 PM

What is Mrs. Claus' first name?

Mrs. Claus' full name is Jessica Mary Claus. Her mother picked her middle name after the mother of Jesus.

ZWho is Thomas Nast?

Thomas Nast was the first artist to draw Santa Claus as a fat, jolly, white-whiskered old man. He was born September 27, 1840 in Landau, Baden, Germany and died December 7, 1902 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He was an American cartoonist after arriving in the United States at the age of six. He was a political cartoonist who happened to create one of the most popular images of Santa Claus. He is also noted for popularizing the Democratic party's donkey.

Why do you give gifts at Christmas?

This custom has many roots. St. Nicholas was an anonymous benefactor. The Magi gave gifts to Jesus, and the Romans gave gifts during their holiday that coincided with this period. Various days are used:

December 6th - in memory of St. Nicholas

December 24th - Christmas Eve

December 25th - Christmas day, the birth of Jesus

January 1st - New Year's Day

January 6th - Christmas day for some churches, the Magi/three wise men

What is Mistletoe?

Mistletoe is one of many species of semiparasitic green plants and is used as part of the Christmas celebration. Symbolizes peace, kisses. Sacred symbol of ancient Druids and symbol of eternal life. One tradition has it that if you catch someone under the mistletoe you may kiss them (perhaps from Roman custom). See the families Loranthaceae and Viscaceae for more information.

What is the King of Misrule?

Also known as the Abbot of Misrule, this official managed the Christmas festivities held at the late medieval and early Tudor court and in the houses of great noblemen. The official served anywhere from 12 days to 3 months and arranged all the festivities and entertainment. Scotland's counterpart was the "Abbot of Unreason". This tradition as ended in 1553.

 

What is a Christmas Card?

A Christmas card is a greeting card often send by mail or electronic mail (email) to express Christmas goodwill and cheer. Almost all English-speaking countries following this tradition as do many other countries. John Callcott Horsley is credited with designing the first card (see below) in 1843. It was introduced to the United States in the 1870s

 

What is a wreath?

A wreath is essentially a garland that is joined at both ends. There are several styles used at different occasions. Since the 19th century it is generally made of evergreens, holly, with pinecones and nuts. They are hung as decorations, for example on a door in Canada, the United States, and northern Europe. In Tudor England and during medieval times a wreath of rosemary and bay was served over a boar. The advent wreath has four candles and is a Christian symbol of the four Sundays preceding Christmas. A Christmas wreath is more decorative and is generally made of holly leaves and berries and is a custom of many countries including particularly those listed above.

What is a Christmas Tree?

A Christmas Tree is usually a balsam or douglas fir, and is decorated with lights and ornaments as a part of the Christmas season. Evergreen trees and shrubbery (wreaths, garlands) is an ancient custom dating back to the Chinese, Hebrews, and Egyptians. Initially part of pagan Europe, tree decoration became part of Christian tradition initially as part of the New Year celebration in order to scare the devil away. Likewise, it was part of a Germany custom of placing a Yule tree at an entrance to the house as part of their midwinder holiday.

The modern Christmas tree tradition came from western Germany, from a medieval custom, as a paradise tree -- a tree decorated with apples, wafers (or cookies), and candles representing the Garden of Eden, the host, and Christ. By the 19th century it had become a deep-rooted German tradition. European countries such as Austria, Switerland, The Netherlands, and Poland imported the German tradition. Queen Victoria's husband, German Prince Albert popularized the tradition in England after it had been introduced earlier in the 19th century. German and English settlers to North America brought the tradition there and missionaries in the 19th and 20th centuries spread the tradition to China, Japan, and other parts of Asia.

 

What is a "Carol"?

A song, generally of religious joy. The earliest known Christmas songs date from the 4th century; "Jesus refulsit omnium by St. Hilary of Poitiers" is the oldest. Songs were created in the Catholic Church and many other places. Early songs were religious and in latin. Music by Handel and Mendelssohn was adapted and used as Christmas carols. The most famous of all, Silent Night (Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) was written by the Austrian parish priest Joseph Mohr and composed by Franz Gruber, church organist, in 1818

 

What is garland?

Garland is a chain of leaves, flowers, or foliage often used to decorate homes at Christmas time. There have been many other uses throughout history.

beward79
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 6:49 PM

What is Mrs. Claus' first name?

Jessica Mary 


Who is Thomas Nast?

A classic version of Santa Claus, drawn in 1863 for Harper's Weekly. Before then, most depictions of Santa Claus showed a tall, thin man. Nast drew him as the bearded, plump man known today.


Why do you give gifts at Christmas?

The Bible gives a wonderful story about the gift God gave us—Jesus Christ—and we can use it as an opportunity to present the gospel and to show love. Giving and receiving gifts can be part of fulfilling what Paul says about giving


What is Mistletoe?

a European semiparasitic green shrub with thick leaves, small yellowish flowers, and waxy-white glutinous berries ; broadly : any of various plants of the mistletoe family resembling the true mistletoe


What is the King of Misrule?

was an officer appointed by lot at Christmas to preside over the Feast of Fools. The Lord of Misrule was generally a peasant or sub-deacon appointed to be in charge of Christmas revelries, which often included drunkenness and wild partying, in the pagan tradition of Saturnalia. The Church held a similar festival involving a Boy Bishop. The celebration of the Feast of Fools was outlawed by the Council of Basel that sat from 1431, but it survived to be put down again by the Catholic Queen Mary I in England in 1555


What is a Christmas Card?

a greeting card sent at Christmas


What is a wreath?

1: something intertwined or arranged in a circular shape: as a: a band of intertwined flowers or leaves worn as a mark of honor or victory : garland <a laurel wreath> b: a decorative arrangement of foliage or flowers on a circular base <a Christmas wreath> 
2: something having a circular or coiling form <a wreath of smoke>


What is a Christmas Tree?

a usually evergreen tree decorated at Christmas


What is a "Carol"?

1 : an old round dance with singing 
2 : a song of joy or mirth <the carol of a bird — Lord Byron> 
3 : a popular song or ballad of religious joy


What is garland?

a circular or spiral arrangement of intertwined material  

naynaybee
by on Dec. 17, 2008 at 9:02 PM

What is Mrs. Claus' first name? Jessica

Who is Thomas Nast? A famous German-American caricaturist and editorial cartoonist in the 19th century and is considered to be the "Father of the American Cartoon.

Why do you give gifts at Christmas? Its a tradition in our family. Also the three kings brought gifts to Jesus on his birthday which is why we celebtare Christmas.

What is Mistletoe? Mistletoe is an evergreen parasitic plant, that grows on the branches of trees.

What is the King of Misrule? He was an officer appointed by lot at Christmas to preside over the Feast of Fools.

What is a Christmas Card? Its something I send to friends and family wishing them the best of the holiday.

What is a wreath? a flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes

What is a Christmas Tree? A pine tree you can decorate for the Holiday.

What is a "Carol"? A Christmas Song or Poem.

What is garland? a collection of short pieces of tinsel on long ropes you use to decorate a Christmas tree

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