Christmas Countdown - Boxing it up!

Boxing Day is the day after Christmas.  It may feel like Christmas is over, but historically or traditionally, it was the second day of twelve of Christmastide.   

The history of this day, and what it has become, is unclear. 

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Christmas Countdown - Day 24 - Crackling Yule Logs

The burning of a Yule log was part of the Christmas traditions wherever you needed heat and light this time of year – the northern hemisphere.  

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Christmas Countdown - Day 23 - Christmas Elves – a little thing tucked into of our Christmas traditions.

There seems to have always been littles elves around - these little creatures, male and female, with some magical powers. They were immortal. They lived in forests and mountains, or maybe down the well. They guarded our homes.  

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Christmas Countdown - Day 22 - Why are we gobbling up turkey?

Last year about 620 million turkeys were eaten at Christmas. 

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Christmas Countdown - Day 21 - Observing Winter Solstice

December 21st is the day of winter solstice this year.  Some years it can be the 20th or 22nd, generally will occur about 6 hours later each year, with a jump of a day (backwards) on leap years. 

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Christmas Countdown - Day 20 - An Account of Santa Claus

How has Santa Claus got to be part of the story of Christmas? 

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Christmas Countdown - Day 19 - Let it Snow, Let it Snow....

Snow is certainly part of the image of Christmas.   

Baby Jesus didn’t see snow but he may have sometime in his life since snow is found in the mountains in Israel.  

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Christmas Countdown - Day 18 - It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!!!

Today’s the day – it’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Day – the third Friday in December.

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