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Posted by gaajm on December 20, 2006

My Christmas Traditions


Christmas Trees


One of the traditions for Christmas is that I decorate a Christmas tree. The decorated Christmas tree started in the 7th century. A monk from Crediton, Devonshire went to Germany to tell people about God. He did many things there. He spent most of his time in Thuringia. This place was where they were going to make The Christmas Decoration Industry. He used the triangular shape of the Fir Tree. The three sides meant God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Most people there thought the Fir Tree was God’s tree. In the 12th the fir tree was being hung upside down from ceilings at Christmas time in Europe for a symbol of Christianity. The first decorated Christmas tree was at Latvia in 1510. In the 16th century Martin Luther said you should have a small decorated Christmas tree with candles. It showed his children how the stars twinkle at night time. This is how the decorated Christmas tree started.


Christmas Lights


Another tradition that I do is that I put up Christmas lights. Eward Johnson was the one that had invented the Christmas tree light bulbs. He set up his tree that was hand wired with 80 red, white, and blue lights that are the size of walnuts. When people heard that he put lights on his tree, businesses started making some too. Christmas lights were to expensive for an average person. Lights weren’t that popular yet. The U.S. president at that time bought Christmas lights for the tree in the white house. After that people started buying lights but only for inside their houses. It was most popular in the U.S. Sandiego and New York City were the first places to have lights. Over a period of time, Christmas lights were put in different parts of the houses. Not only the Christmas tree. Soon lights were put on doors, shudders, and porch railings for homes and businesses. Later on, city skyscrapers were being decorated. Thanks to Edward Johnson’s idea of Christmas lights.


Carol Singing


I also like to go Caroling. The word carol was started by the French word Caroller. It was a type of circle dance that the French did on special occasions. The carol was a popular dance song from the 1150’s. In modern times the songs that were called carols are now called songs (Especially Christmas Song’s). Even those that retain the traditional attributes of a carol- celebrating a seasonal topic, alternating verses and chorus, and danceable music. Some writers of carols, like George Woodword, who wrote Ding Dong Merrily on High, and William Morris, who wrote Masters in this Hall changed it to a different style. Christmas Carols that my family sings are O Holy Night, The First Noel, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, Deck The Halls, Little Drummer Boy, O Come All Ye Faithful, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Jingle Bells Joy to The World and lots more! We also have Filipino Christmas carols. Two of them are Payapang Daigdig and Himig Pasko. I like Caroling.


These traditions make Christmas a little brighter. If we didnt put up a decorated Christmas tree peoples living rooms would be all plain. If we didnt put up Christmas lights peoples houses would be all dark and gloomy on Christmas day. If we didnt sing carols Christmas would be all quiet. If Jesus wasnt born here on earth we wouldnt even have Christmas. I thank God that he came to this earth to live and die for us!


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