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Posts published in “Legends & Traditions”

Christmas traditions vary from country to country. Christmas celebrations for many nations include the installing and lighting of Christmas trees, the hanging of Advent wreaths, Christmas stockings, candy canes, and the creation of Nativity scenes depicting the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas carols may be sung and stories told about such figures as the Baby Jesus, St Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Christkind or Grandfather Frost.

The Origins of Christmas Traditions

Carolling What could possibly be disturbing about singing songs of holiday mirth to your neighbours? Well, long before carolling became the innocent activity it is…

The Hogfather: Pork Products & Bloody Bones

Peculiar to Ankh-Morpork, Sto Helit and other areas of the Discworld, this version of Father Christmas wears a red, fur-lined cloak, and rides a sleigh…

How the Christmas Tree was born

Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as…

Kallikantzaroi – Christmas Goblins

Many of the same customs and traditions, as well as folklore, are practised and believed, all over the World, no matter where they originated from. Through…

Yule Goat, will it make it to Christmas?

The Yule Goat was supposed to help deliver presents, so sometimes Santa Claus would ride a goat instead of his sleigh, in fact, small goats…

El Caganer and Tió de Nadal, a Catalan tradition

The Caganer is a typical Catalan Christmas figure characterized by its cheeky position in the nativity scene. Amid this tradition, we usually spot a crouched…

Frau Perchta, Terrifying Christmas Witch

Frau Perchta isn’t as well known as Krampus these days and this Christmas-time goddess deserves a lot more press. She’s a staple in the Alpine…

Belsnickel, all dressed in fur

Belsnickel was a Christmas character developed around the Middle Ages in Europe. Belsnickel is the first character in the history of Christmas characters who clearly…