Wednesday, December 24, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS - Did You Know...?

The history and origin of the Christmas mistletoe can be traced back to the ancient Scandinavian custom as well as to the Norse myth. The Scandinavian people believed mistletoe to be a plant of peace. Even if enemies happened to pass beneath the plant, they had to lay down their arms and call truce atleast until the next day. Slowly and gradually, this custom gave rise to the kissing tradition that is still in vogue. However, Christmas mistletoe is also very much associated with one of the Norse myths, known as the myth of Baldur. Read More Here

Saint Nicholas - Patron Saint of Children - In the West Nicholas is most widely known as the patron saint of children. Many of his stories tell of children rescued from calamity and returned to the care and keeping of their families. In France the most familiar story, both told and sung, is of three little children lured into the clutches of an evil butcher and rescued by St. Nicholas. Other stories, as well, tell of children who disappeared, were kidnaped, fell into a well, or suffered some other disaster-all to be delivered through the good offices of St. Nicholas. These accounts of a child forcibly taken from parents, followed by a time of grieving and despair, then the miraculous return of the child, have profound and universal appeal which makes Nicholas the much valued Guardian of Children. It is no wonder he is the beloved patron saint of children. - Read more here.

WISHING YOU AND YOURS A SAFE AND BLESSED MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS! I'm off now to make some candy (turtles), wrap some gifts and boil some potatoes and eggs for some potato salad I need to take to my brother's tomorrow.


SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Very interesting info 2sns. Thanks for sharing.

George said...

Thanks for sharing. I didn't know about the origins of the mistletoe tradition. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

Mary said...

Nice shots of the decorations, and good info! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

Kerri said...

Merry Christmas!! I think that first shot of the Green Ornament is SUPERB! WOW!!!!