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Christmas, What Is?, and Creative Christmas Gifts for YOU, Especially–With All My Love for You, this Christmas 2018…

It is nearly time, the 25 December to celebrate Christmas, the Time Honoured Traditional Celebration, for Christians in the world, or in some cases to celebrate the Holidays, a valued and Honoured break from the years Work and struggles. It is a time to decorate the Christmas Tree or the Home, in preparation for this particular time, in place and time of the year. It is a time to buy gifts, cook traditional foods, and share all this with family and friends too. For children it is especially an amazing time, they await the gifts Santa Claus, puts under the Christmas Tree, on Christmas Eve, 24 December, each year… while the children are fast asleep.  In the following Blog on Christmas, I answer the important questions, What is, and Why? Christmas?… I am including some free pintables of my Christmas Gifts to you, at this Christmas, time  2018…

The history of the Christmas Celebration–  Christmas is one of the most popular Festivals celebrated by Christians across the World.  Christmas is on the 25 December, every year, in honour, to Remember and Celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Jesus Christ. Who is the central Figure, of Christianity.  The Christmas spirit Festivities’ begin on 24 December, (Christmas Eve), right up until 1 January, (New Years Day), making this holiday season very long.

This delightful Celebration and Tradition, includes, Celebrations, Decorations, Christmas Tree, Gifts, and the Great Christmas Dinner.

Christmas is a modern English word, which evolved from an old English word, ‘Christes Masse’, meaning the Mass of Christ.  The main history of Christmas dates back 4,000 years, in which different Customs and Traditions, associated with the festival of Christmas were all observed, long before the Birth of Jesus. Historians say that Christmas Celebrations began as early as in 336 AD, in Rome.  The Bishop of Rome, Julius 1, chose the 25 December as Christmas.  From this declaration, around the world, Christianity observed this date.   Many of the worlds Traditions, and Customs, can trace their history by the ancient festivals, celebrated by Early Civilisations. It was these customs, that paved the way, for our Modern Christmas.

  1. Mesopotamian: New Year– Mesopotamians believed in many gods, mainly in Marduk, in which 12 days were celebrated in a festival called Zagmuk. Historians indicate that the 12–day celebration, of Christmas started from This…
  2. Europeans: Winter Solstice– In the pagan times, Early Europeans,  believed in the evil spirits, witches, ghosts and trolls. During this time, the people performed special rituals, celebrations, in the hope that the sun was coming back, very soon.
  3. Scandinavia: Yuletide– The sun disappeared for many days. After 35 days of long sunless days, when the first ray of sun was sighted, a great festival was held, called Yuletide. This special celebration, was included, together with their Christmas Celebrations.
  4. Roman: Saturnalia– Began to be celebrated in the middle of December, and concluded on 1 January. This celebration, included, Masquerades on streets, Big Celebration meals,  Visiting friends, and Exchange of Good luck gifts. The Church succeeded, in taking this merriment of lights and gifts–from the ‘Saturnalia’ festival, and merged them with the celebration of Christmas.

Photos–

  1. Christmas Pictures- Free Images…   https://www.free digital photos. net/images/Christmas-g54.html
  2. Christmas–Cards, Website.     https://www.Photos-Christmas Cards.
  3. Christmas cards, and gifts.        https://www.Christmas, gifts xxz.com

The following card is A Free Printable For You, from Marie at Christmas, 2018.

A Christmas Card, for A Male.  Mixed Media.  By Marie Crimi.  2018.   

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A Free Printable, For You, from Marie at Christmas, 2018.

A Christmas Card, For a Woman.  Mixed Media.  By Marie Crimi.  2018.

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The History Of:– 

  1. The Christmas Card– This custom of sending the Christmas Card, was started in the UK in 1843, By Sir Henry Cole. He was a Senior Civil Servant. Who set up the  ‘Public Record Office’  (Called the Post–office), he wondered how it could be used by the general public?… Sir Henry had the idea for Christmas Cards, with his friend John Horsley, who was an artist. The first postal service that was used by the general public was opened in 1840.  As the printer— printing mode greatly improved, Christmas Cards became more and more popular and started to be produced in larger numbers… By the 1900’s, this custom had spread over all Europe, and was most highly popular in Germany. The Christmas cards, came to the USA, in the late 1840’s. In the 1900’s and 1920’s, the Home made version of Christmas cards was very popular.
  2. The Christmas Carols– The word Carol is a medieval word of French and Anglo Norman origin, believed to mean a dance song or a circle dance accompanied by singing. Carols express religious joy, and are associated with the Christmas season. The first carol was written around the 1350–1550, which was the golden age for the English carols, which followed the verse–refrain pattern. By the 16th Century, the popularity of carols, slowed, and almost disappeared. The Carols, revival took off in the middle of the 18th Century. Most of the Carols we know today, were written during the middle, of the 18th Century.
  3. The Christmas Tree– Is a part of our Christmas Celebrations, around the world. Pagan Origins–its clear that non–Christian Cultures bought evergreen plants indoors at the time of the Winter Solstice.  Christian Beginnings–date back to the 1500’s. Some say, it all originated in Germany in the mid–1500’s, others say in Latavia in the early 1500’s. Some believe the legend of St. Boniface, created the Christmas Tree, in the 7th Century.
  4. Today’s Christmas Trees– Come in many forms… Natural and Artificial, undecorated, decorated with candles, lights, ornaments and treats, coloured, fiber optic, and even upside down,  Christmas Trees!  Controversy– The Christmas Tree is not without controversy, condemned as a pagan symbol, and renamed a ‘ Holiday Tree’ , and removed from public spaces, due to political correctness, and also blasted by the Environmentalists!
  5. Christmas Decorations– The tradition of ornamenting the Christmas Tree and Homes during Christmas arose from the Roman and Christian Cultures. Early Christians believed that flowers of certain trees Bloomed irrationally on Christmas Eve as a Spiritual Homage to Jesus’ Birth.  The types of decorations have changed over the years. Today evergreens are used to adorn (Trees), where as previously, Handcrafted and Edible items were used to decorate the Christmas Trees. Today Ornaments bought from the major stores, are used to decorate, the trees in our modern society. The chain and electric lights are used to decorate the branches and trees.  Although the main reason for The Christmas Festival, is still the Congregation of Family Members, at one time and  place.  The Exchanging of gifts, and Love are still the Centre of Ideas for A Majestic Christmas Time and Honoured Traditions.

Christmas In Australia– Many aspects of the Christmas Celebrations originated from the Winter Celebrations in Europe. However, in Australia we are influenced by the Australian Climate and Wild life.  Christmas is a Public Holiday. People usually spend it with Family Members and Friends. Many people celebrate this event away from home, in holiday parks, on camp sites or at relatives’ homes. In the lead up to Christmas, people, decorate their homes with Christmas Decorations. These are usually Glass baubles or Wooden ornaments with images of Australian, Wild life and Wild flowers.

On Christmas day the children hope to receive gifts or a stocking filled with goodies under the Christmas Tree, from the mythical Figure Santa Claus. In the weeks before Christmas, the children write letters, to Santa Claus, so he knows what they want to receive as gifts, on Christmas Day.

Many people eat a special meal on Christmas Day. Traditionally, the main meal, was similar to the Christmas meals served in Europe.  In modern Australia, people, hold a barbecue at the beach or a picnic in a park. Or prepare a meal of cold meats, and seafood, followed by Pavlova, — a soft meringue cake topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit.

A Free Printable For You, from Marie at Christmas, 2018.

My Favourite Sweets.   From Free Photos.   By Marie. Crimi.   2018.

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Public Life— Usually the  Public Services close down, or is limited,  you need to check with the Public Transport Provider, in each State.

Different Cultures and Denominations celebrate Christmas in a variety of Traditions and Services around Australia.

Christmas Trivia for Australia– In Australia, there are a number of Native Plants, that include The–Christmas in their Names, because they all, Flower at Christmas Time…

A Free Printable For You, from Marie at Christmas 2018.

A Beautiful Flower Arrangement of Roses, Grapes and Greens.   Mixed Media.   By Marie. Crimi.   2018.

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A Free Printable For You,  from Marie at Christmas, 2018.

A Wall, Flower Arrangement of Flowers.   Mixed Media.   By Marie. Crimi.   2018.

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Websites for Christmas–

  1. The history of Christmas Carols–   https://www.why Christmas.com/customs/carols-history.shtml
  2. History of Christmas–History   https://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas
  3. Watch the video–The Medieval History of the Christ Cookie.
  4. The war on Christmas. 2/9/2018.
  5. Christmas Traditions World Wide. 29/3/2014.
  6. Santa Claus–Christmas. 7/12/2013.

Christmas has always been a Time Honoured Traditional Celebration, for all Christians.  Which is the Celebration, of The Birth of Jesus Christ. Family members congregate each year on the 25 December, to spend time together around the Christmas Tree, and exchange Gifts, Good Food, Conversation and Fun, with and about each other. Especially for the children, it is a time to dream and to be grateful for the beautiful gifts Santa Claus, puts for them under the Christmas Tree, each and every Year. Christmas is a time, to participate in outdoor activities, depending where Christmas is celebrated in the world. Christmas time starts officially on the 24 December, (Christmas Eve) and the celebrations end on the 1 January, on the start of the New Year. I think that whether we are participating Christians, or NOT,  we do all Enjoy The Holidays…

I wish you all a Safe and Healthy Christmas Celebrations and Holidays. I hope this Blog on Christmas, has been enlightening for you. I hope you appreciate my Free Printable, Christmas Gifts for 2018, which I give to you from my Heart. I look forward to 2019, and if you have any questions, anything to say, you are always welcome to let me know.

I am,   creationsbymariec. Art

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