Like MC below, I too enjoyed your cupcake/frosting analogy. What is wrong with the picture below? Below is a lecture that is more in depth than the article which was written in 2016, the lecture is from 2018. Thanks for putting this together Stucky. So here’s where I’m torn. I just vividly recall telling my buddy and former coworker 5 years ago that I had no desire to work in the Batman Building. The extravagant Christmas decorations you may have seen in films like Home Alone are real, and some homeowners even turn their houses into full-on light shows with Christmas-themed music blasting from a PA system. Also, because of your post … and then a long chain of clicking, I found this incredible web site; What do you do when you thinking about buying a book, and want to know if it’s a good book? That’s one heck of an article, Stuck. Christmas cards became popular in the 1840s. His stories were all about the effects the Christ story should have on the culture; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness … things better know in the Bible as “fruits of the Spirit”. It has significance to followers of occult practices. The Christmas Trees that most people would see would be in shopping malls. Folks had a felt need to actively demonstrate kinship ties and community bonds. . Many folks longed for an earlier time where old and good values were imagined … values which led to cohesive and peaceful communities. It does seem to be purely materialistic. The caricature depicts Roman Catholic clergy as crocodiles attacking American children and schools. Christmas in America, Winter Wonderland, Ill be home for xmas, Silver bells, Have yourself a Merry little Xmas, Joy to the world, Away in a manger, O little town of Bethlehem, God rest ye merry gentlemen, The First Noel, What child is this, Silent Night. Christmas Eve (called 'Budni Vecher') is a very important day and the main Christmas meal is eaten in the evening of Christmas Eve. Some of the usual ceremonies are going on, but there is gloom on the thoughts and countenances of all the better portion of our people.”  —- Diary of an educated slave in Arkansas, 1860. Also thanks much for NOT making a comment on the first paragraph,as it has so little to do with the rest of the article. Christmas Around the World Find out how Christmas Traditions and how Christmas is celebrated in lots of different countries and cultures around the world! Cole had an image in his head — a family at table celebrating the holiday flanked by images of people helping the poor. I told him to use the time to get some chickens because like it or not, we’re almost there. As for family issues, that is part of the plan, to tear families apart and keep everyone divided and distracted. There are four categories (Comics, Fancies, String Bands, and Fancy Brigades) which are judged. Watch the video for Christmas in America from Pat Benatar's Go for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. Is the Establishment Planning a False Flag “Insurrection” for Inauguration Day. Let’s get started with our earliest settlers, the Puritans. Customs such as Mumming take place in some communities. Everything. Families and friends gather together for a big meal in the evening, eaten about 9pm or 10pm. First ever American Christmas card, by Louis Prang, 1875. Enter your email address to subscribe to The Burning Platform and receive notifications of new posts by email. Amen to that. Whether good or bad, one of the most enduring legacies of that poem (by Clement Clarke Moore) was the massive effect it had through the years on Christmas gift giving. This evening think about and say a prayer for the ragged frozen Patriots who seized victory from the jaws of 1776 which sucked at least as bad as 2020 times a couple when they crossed the Delaware and defeated the Hessian mercenaries and saved the Revolution. Nast continued his Santa holiday illustrations and by 1886, he had done 33 panels in which Santa promoted whatever political ideology Nast supported at the time. Interesting date, September 11th. A shorter Christmas story simply titled  “Christmas”,  reflected on the meaning of Christmas and its celebration. Thanks for the stroll thru Christmases past Stucky! On New Year's Day in Philadelphia there is a Mummer's Day parade which lasts over six hours! War and death changes the perception of what’s truly important, does it not? He had been shot, and the bullet had hit his spine. The explosion was awfully close to Commerce St. Lot’s of speculation on twatter. Science challenged religion on every front. I fully anticipated an ass chewing based on some pedantic tidbit, I never even heard of. The explorers, English separatists that came to America in 1620, were significantly more conventional in their Puritan convictions than Cromwell. I personally enjoy all the pageantry and beauty, be it pagan or Christian because Christmas is meant as a time of rejoicing and gathering together and for us Christians, a reminder of who is truly King. Wiki   actually has a nice story on all the mystery and intrigue behind the poem. By the end of the Civil War a totally new phenomena arrived; change. He supported Lincoln during the Civil War, and protested against the lynching of black men and women in the South. https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/12/20/yule-christmas/. Most of Christmas Traditions in the USA is same as in UK, France, Italy and some other countries. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Thanks for the enlightenment and Merry Christmas. - www.whychristmas.com, www.lonestarwesterndecor.com/vibrant-christmas-traditions-of-the-southwest.html. You can almost feel his despair where he wrote, “And in despair I bowed my head; ‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said; ‘For hate is strong, and mocks the song, Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”. Sometimes only the adults decorate the tree (without the children there), so when children come in and see the tree, it's a great surprise and they are told that angels brought the tree for them! Time may or may not tell. Christmas trees had nothing to do with it. David B. Curtis has several sermons over the years In colonial times, Americans of different religions and nationalities origins kept the holiday (or did not) in ways they carried over from the Old World. The Christmas Tree. was home alone and her husband, a priest at the temple was preparing for a Jewish celebration ( Feast of Tabernacles or Trumpets or one of those). But celebrating Christmas in the United States may be a big surprise for you. Our goal is to be the go-to place for book reviews.”. I read it this morning and now just read it again, slower this time, every word. By the 1850s Americans were singing popular Christmas carols such as   “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “Away in a Manger” in public settings. First, I do appreciate the folks who took the time to comment, and on Christmas day, no less. It’s all about cheer, plenty, warmth and merriment. I wasn’t always that way, just after 20 years of working for package delivery services. As for me, though, I always found Christmas to be like a plate full of cupcakes with way to much frosting. I hope you and yours along with the rest of the TBP family a very healthy and happy Christmas and New Year too. If you don’t, just use Bing and simply search on “Christmas myths”. “This is the 10th Anniversary Episode of Christmas in America and the first to be presented as a video special. That’s been working for me. Thank you. Interior or Exterior - All Year Round This thread has been stuck on 69 all evening. I’m feeling on top of the world. A typical celebration of Christmas Day in America mix Irish, Austrian, Polish and Belgian traditions into something that is its own. First, the holiday was popular in England and other European countries, and celebrations often encouraged less than Holy Behavior … a big no-no for the Puritan mindset. Irving describes a season of gathering. Two gospels conflict whether or not Jesus was even born in Bethlehem. Enslaved folk managed to create some of their own Christmas traditions, many of which incorporated traditions from Africa. Actually, there WAS a star that “moved” the day Christ was born. Hey… there’s no nappy headed yutes in any of the pictures until we get to St. Louis in 1861. Since it was considered impolite not to answer mail in Victorian England, Cole had to figure out a way to respond to his huge stacks of mail. In all of his Christmas stories Washington Irving advanced the idea of a peaceful, family-oriented sort of holiday, and the concept started to excite the people. Btw, for any interested Easter and Christmas do not have their origins in pagan holidays. It reminds me of how I once heard someone define “worry” as prayers for what we don’t want to happen. There was no real national unity in terms of visible celebrations … it was mostly local. And until  about 400 A.D., the early church knew absolutely nothing about celebrating Jesus’ birth. A good mix of carols and xmas songs. I regret putting it in there. President Franklin Pierce was the first to bring a Christmas tree into the White House in 1856. Be prepared. For about the next 200 years Christmas celebration in non-Puritan America depended on where you lived, where you emigrated from, and whether or not you were religious. Because of the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic, many of the ways that Christmas is celebrated around the world might be different this year. Cakes are of course, a must for the occasion. Getting and giving gifts wasn’t 1800s materialism. Plantation owners would typically rent out slaves under contracts starting on January 1st and run for a year. That image of a bearded, jolly, gift-giving figure (the image we still hold to this day)nwas clearly inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas. 23x40 - 26x48 - 33x60 - Custom “Christmas” is a narrative, not a story. I too am a worried father, brother, and son this season. What a hater you are. I think the site is especially useful if you need a book on whatever topic, and there’s a gazillion titles ….. whatchya gonna do? Ophiuchus overlaps with Sagittarius’ sign (November 29 to December 18 for Ophiuchus, November 23 to December 21 for Sagittarius), which complicates matters, and it is considered a constellation and not a sign of the zodiac. These stories did have an effect, though. Jeremiah 10: 1-5, “…learn not the way of the heathen, …For the customs of the peoples are vain; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, …They deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails …that it move not…” Christmas Eve is known as 'Noche Buena' and is a family day. 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