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Merry Christmas From Taisheng
- Dec 25, 2018 -

Today is 25th December, 2018, also the Christmas Day, Wishing you all very Merry Christmas.

I am going to talk about some Christmas traditions which I know and search.

1.Giving and receiving presents at Christmas

One of the main reasons we have the custom of giving and receiving presents at Christmas, is to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the Wise Men: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh.

And Christmas itself is really about a big present that God gave the world about 2000 years ago - Jesus! One of the most famous Bible verses, John 3:16, says: 'God loved the world so much, that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him may not be lost but have eternal life.'.

All over the world, families and friends give presents to each other. Most children around the world believe in a Christmas gift bringer. It's often St. Nicholas, Santa Claus or Father Christmas, but in parts of Germany they believe that it is the Christkind, in Spain they believe it is the Wise Men and in parts of Italy they believe it is an old lady called Befana. As I know that we would put a sock at the bedside during night, waiting for the gifts from Christmas Man, as we called them. We will receive the gifts when we wake up.

2.Santa Claus in different Countries

Although Santa Claus and Father Christmas is the best known Christmas gift bringer, there are many different present givers in different countries around the world. Santa's also called different things in different countries! 

For example: in China, normally, we call them Sheng dan lao ren (圣诞老人), it means Old Christmas Man.

In USA, they are Santa Claus, and Hawaii call them Kanakaloka.

In United Kingdom: Father Christmas (inter-changeable with Santa Claus), Wales: Siôn Corn (Chimney John)

3.The Christmas Trees

The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come. The Romans used Fir Trees to decorate their temples at the festival of Saturnalia. Christians use it as a sign of everlasting life with God.

Nobody is really sure when Fir trees were first used as Christmas trees. It probably began about 1000 years ago in Northern Europe. Many early Christmas Trees seem to have been hung upside down from the ceiling using chains (hung from chandeliers/lighting hooks).

These are some knowledge from us. We hope you a very happy holiday.

Merry Christmas