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  • Xmas Traditions
    the Christmas tree until the 19th Century The word Yule comes from Yollen which is a Middle English word of Anglo Saxon origin The word means cry aloud and is thought to come following the discovery that nights are getting shorter following the winter solstice In the past families would carve a heavy oak block and place it under the floor of their hearth During the year it would gradually become ash The burning of the Yule log was practised in England France Germany and other areas of Europe until the 19th Century What are Christmas lights Christmas lights are an old tradition and started out with small candles on Christmas trees Traditionally candles were glued to the tree branch using melted wax or attached by pins Nowadays some houses decorate their entire frontage with Christmas lights some employing enormous fully lit nativity scenes Each town also has Christmas lights and many have switching on ceremonies at which local dignitaries or celebrities turn the lights on At the larger of these events bands may play to huge crowds and great celebrations unfold Why do some people hang big socks on their mantelpiece at Christmas Saint Nicholas according to old tradition left his very first gifts ever in the stockings of three poor girls The original Father Christmas gave them three gold coins to pay for their wedding dowries The stockings had been hung on the hearth to dry above the fire Nowadays many families continue this tradition by hanging up stockings either at the end of the bed or above the fire for Father Christmas to fill with presents Some families still have small items such as fruit nuts and sweets in their stockings Other items traditionally appear in stockings including tangerines and a lump of coal for naughty children Why do people give each other presents on Christmas day Giving gifts is an old tradition that may have begun with gifts given by the wise men Magi to the baby Jesus This is also the basis of the nativity scene the wise men arriving in the manger where Jesus lies with his mother Mary of Nazareth After worshipping the baby the wise men presented their treasure In the bible these were gifts of Gold Frankincense and Myrrh However gifts are a relatively new part of the traditional Christmas Exchanging gifts was not common until the 1800s Nowadays the gift is an essential part of Christmas not to mention an essential part of most retail outlet s year Christmas has become a massive commercial season and everyone in the UK seems to delight in giving and receiving gifts on Christmas day Why do we have Christmas trees and why do we decorate them at Christmas The tradition of cutting down a Christmas tree and bringing it into the house began in 700 AD in Germany From here it spread to England and America Decorating the Christmas tree started in Victorian times or before and early Christmas decorations included cakes and

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  • Who is Father Christmas?
    girls for their marriage dowries was one of the first gifts bestowed by Saint Nicholas Nicholas was revered throughout the Middle Ages and spread to become famous throughout Europe His tradition did die out but the Dutch kept it alive Their variant of the name was Sinterklaas which was taken to New Amsterdam now New York and became Santa Claus Clement Moore largely invented the sleigh reindeer and Santa accessing the house by coming down the Chimney in his poem The Night Before Christmas Further traditional ideas about Father Christmas were invented by advertising campaigns in the 19th century Santa s dress came from the original St Nicholas the red and white were traditional bishop s robes All I Want For Christmas Is You hits One Million UK Sales Fri 20 Dec 2013 Christmas Card Rent Warning Not in The Festive Mood Thu 19 Dec 2013 Christmas TV Schedule 2013 Wed 18 Dec 2013 More News Christmas is all about giving find gifts for him her and children Gifts for Home Gadgets Gizmos Music DVDs Most Wanted gifts Top Toys Spa Gifts Sock shop Magazines Stocking Fillers Charitable Gifts Gifts for Pets Food Drink Gifts Lingerie Gifts Phone Gifts Fine

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  • How is Christmas celebrated in different countries?
    s Eve In recent times both countries have also adopted gift giving on Christmas Eve Christmas Day In Russia Grandfather Frost delivers presents on New Year s Eve when the presents are also opened Several of the major Christian denominations view Christmas as a pagan festival In India the Christmas period is celebrated and continues into New Year celebrations In Hindi Christmas is known as the Bada Din or Big Day In South Korea Christmas is recognised as a public holiday although non Christian Koreans will continue to go about their daily routine Father Christmas is called Santa Harabeoji in Korean South Korea is the only country in East Asia to recognise Christmas as a public holiday Japan celebrates Christmas also although it is not a national holiday New Year s Day remains the most sacred holiday in Japan a festival of family togetherness Christmas Eve in Japan sees lovers go on dates and exchange gifts In China most Christians unofficially celebrate Christmas as it is not recognised as a legal holiday However Christmas imagery is becoming more common in Chinese cities possibly because of retail marketing trends The Philippines celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world starting on December 16th Christmas Eve is a night of great feasting after midnight mass In South America religious Christmas themes are more common There are gift giving traditions and nativity scenes are common Family Christmas meals are thought of as very important What social events happen at Christmas time Christmas is a time for gathering and socialising Many businesses associations schools and communities hold Christmas parties Many schools and theatre companies put on Christmas events such as pantomimes and nativity plays Some charities and organisations put together voluntary events such as soup kitchens for the homeless at Christmas Others hold fundraising

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  • Santa's Story - Xmas.co.uk
    to give them dowries was about to abandon them to prostitution From this tale has grown the custom of secret gifts on the Eve of Saint Nicholas The feast day of Nicholas was traditionally observed on December 6 After the 16th century Protestant Reformation German Protestants encouraged veneration of the Christkindl Christ child as a gift giver on his own feast day December 25 When the Nicholas tradition prevailed it became attached to Christmas itself As the saint s life is so unreliably documented Pope Paul VI ordered the feast of Saint Nicholas dropped from the official Roman Catholic calendar in 1969 The term Christkindl evolved into Kriss Kringle another nickname for Santa Claus Various other European Christmas gift givers include Père Noël in France Julenisse in Scandinavia and Father Christmas in England 17th Century Santa The American version of Santa Claus was brought by Dutch settlers to New York in the 17th century In North America he eventually developed into a jolly plump older gentleman who had neither the religious attributes of Saint Nicholas nor the strict disciplinarian character of Black Peter 19th Century Santa Santa s transformation began in 1823 when a New York newspaper published the poem A Visit from Saint Nicholas which Clement Clark Moore had written to amuse his daughter The poem introduced many Americans to the story of a kindly saint who flew over housetops in a reindeer drawn sleigh Portraits and drawings of Santa Claus by American illustrator Thomas Nast further strengthened the legend during the second half of the 19th century Living at the North Pole and assisted by elves the modern Santa produced and delivered toys to all good children By the late 19th century he had become such a prominent figure of American folklore that in 1897 when Virginia O

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  • Dream Toys Christmas 2013
    flutter through the air she s so easy to control and no fairy dust is required Cheapest available from The Entertainer Furby Boom Furby Boom lets you play chat dance and interact with an electronic pet like never before Cheapest available from The Entertainer VTech InnoTab 3 With the VTech Blue InnoTab 3 kids have a world of fun and learning at their fingertips Cheapest available from The Entertainer LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra With the LeapPad Ultra LeapFrog have super sized their most popular tablet and added a whole host of features including child safe Wi Fi and hundreds of apps Cheapest available from The Entertainer Monopoly Empire Monopoly Empire builds on the classic board game and throws top brands such as Xbox Coca Cola Samsung and McDonald s and many more into the mix with new game features Cheapest available from The Entertainer Monster High 13 Wishes Gigi Doll The Monster High 13 Wishes Gigi Doll is fully articulated so she can be posed in many different ways Cheapest available from Amazon Nerf N Strike Elite RapidStrike Blaster CS 18 Send your rivals running for cover with the fastest firing Nerf Blaster ever the N Strike Elite RapidStrike CS 18 Cheapest available from The Entertainer Robo Fish Robo Fish Tropical is the electronic pet that really swims Cheapest available from The Entertainer Teksta Puppy The adorable Blue Teksta Puppy is brought to life by cutting edge technology which lets you train it just like a real dog Cheapest available from Character Online All I Want For Christmas Is You hits One Million UK Sales Fri 20 Dec 2013 Christmas Card Rent Warning Not in The Festive Mood Thu 19 Dec 2013 Christmas TV Schedule 2013 Wed 18 Dec 2013 More News Christmas is all about giving find gifts for him

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  • Funky Xmas Card Generator - Decorate a Gingerbread Cookie
    Food Drink Xmas Recipes Free Xmas Stuff Xmas Games Xmas Jokes Xmas Movies Xmas TV Xmas Wishlist Remembrance Christmas History Xmas Introduction Xmas Traditions Father Christmas Foreign Christmases The Story of Santa Funky Xmas Card Generator This free and addictive Xmas card creator lets you customise a gingerbread man however you want to and send it to you friends Advertise Contact Disclaimer Privacy Xmas co uk 1996 Xmas co uk

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  • Win 1 of 5 copies of GROWN UPS 2 on Bluray
    returning all star cast also includes Salma Hayek Here Comes the Boom Frida Maya Rudolph Bridesmaids and Maria Bello TV s Touch who are joined by NBA star Shaquille O Neal Nick Swardson Jack and Jill Alexander Ludwig The Hunger Games and Milo Ventimiglia TV s Heroes upcoming Grace of Monaco Exclusive to the Blu ray are three behind the scenes featurettes giving viewers an inside look at the tyre scene with David Spade the making of the Feder house and the cameos throughout the film Both the Blu ray and DVD come with seven deleted scenes and the Shaq and Dante Police Force featurette chronicling the silly relationship between Shaq and Dante Synopsis The all star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns with some exciting new additions After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids Lenny Adam Sandler finds out that between old bullies new bullies wild bus drivers cops on skis and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you GROWN UPS 2 is a Happy Madison production starring Adam Sandler Kevin James Chris Rock and David Spade Directed by Dennis Dugan and written by Fred Wolf Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo served as producers Blu ray exclusives include three featurettes Look Who Stopped By A look at the cameos throughout the film Mr Spade s Wild Ride Featuring David Spade as he prepares to be rolled down the hill in a tyre Set Construction Construction of the sound stage where the Feder house was built Blu ray and DVD bonus features include Seven deleted scenes Shaq and Dante Police Force Featurette GROWN UPS 2 has a running time of approximately 1 hour 41 minutes and is rated 12 All I Want For Christmas Is

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  • Win 1 of 5 copies of Percy Jackson - Sea of Monsters on Bluray
    experience into Percy s world The demigods of Camp Half Blood are once again led by Logan Lerman as Percy the expected hero who embarks on his own modern day Odyssey Alexandra Daddario returns to her role as Annabeth the demigod offspring of Athena goddess of wisdom The original cast is joined by newcomers Douglas Smith as Percy s monster half brother Tyson as well as the newest demigod Clarisse played by Leven Rambin Out to prove he s not just a one quest wonder Percy and his demigod friends embark on an epic journey into the treacherous Sea of Monsters where they battle terrifying creatures an army of zombies and the ultimate evil With time running out Percy must find and bring home the fabled Golden Fleece which has the power to save his world and save us all Audiences at home experience more of the film s action and scope with the PERCY JACKSON SEA OF MONSTERS Blu ray and DVD An all new motion comic available only on Blu ray extends Tyson s story Developed with the film s director Thor Freudenthal this piece reveals how Percy s Cyclops brother came to Camp Half Blood and where he got his iconic sunglasses Hang behind the scenes with the cast through a trio of featurettes offering an insider s look of what life was like on set Special Features Tyson s Story Motion Comic Back to Camp Half Blood It s All in the Eye Deconstructing a Demigod All I Want For Christmas Is You hits One Million UK Sales Fri 20 Dec 2013 Christmas Card Rent Warning Not in The Festive Mood Thu 19 Dec 2013 Christmas TV Schedule 2013 Wed 18 Dec 2013 More News Christmas is all about giving find gifts for him her and

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