Archive of: Christmas History

  • History of Denver Christmas

    Posted on December 09 2015


    History of Christmas in Denver while there are many things to love about Denver, Christmas is undeniably one of the high points. The city is known to go all out and decorate with Christmas lights and decorations of every color and design. Some are more prized than others, looking at you City and County that can’t seem to display anything that isn’t a bit garish. It isn’t just the large city buildings through, you’ll find houses with and without lawns doing everything they can to decorate and share in the spirit of the holidays.

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  • No Christmas Lights at Disney World

    Posted on October 09 2015


    Since 1994, one of the attractions at Disney World has been the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, which was acquired by Disney when the display garnered negative attention in their home town. However, in January of 2016, the display will be closed to make way for other attractions.

    The Osborne Family Light Display

    In 1986, Jennings Osborne’s daughter asked if they could decorate their home for Christmas. That year, he installed 1000 Christmas lights. As the years progressed, the display got bigger and bigger. It became a real attraction, with features like lit up globes, carousels of lights, and 70 foot tall fully lit Christmas trees. At its height, the display contained millions of lights and had expanded to two adjoining lots.

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  • The History of Christmas: Santa Claus

    Posted on July 01 2015


    Whether you know him as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, or simply Santa Claus, this figure has come to symbolize Christmas for many people. This mythical figure has many points of origin, from history, folklore and legend. Children look forward to his visits, and the story is that he travels the world, visiting all good girls and boys, and leaving them gifts.  Let’s take a look at some of the stories surrounding this symbolic figure.

    ‚ÄčThe Historic Saint Nicholas

    Saint Nicholas of Myra was a 4th century Greek bishop in a province of the Byzantine Empire. He was devoted to his religion from an early age. When his parents died in an epidemic, he went to be raised by his uncle, the bishop of Patara. The bishop trained the young Nicholas as a liturgical reader and later ordained him as a priest.

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  • The History of Christmas: Christmas Traditions

    Posted on June 22 2015


    Christmas has always had its own group of traditions that people have enjoyed for centuries. These Christmas traditions have come from many different places and sets of beliefs.

    Christmas Trees

    The Christmas tree is said to have pagan origins, as an adaptation of tree worship. It is said that a missionary to Germanic pagans in the 8th century said that the fir tree was more fitting to look to than the oak tree dedicated to Thor, since it pointed towards heaven and its triangular shape was symbolic of the trinity.

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  • The History of Christmas: The Day

    Posted on June 09 2015


    Though many Christians who observe Christmas may consider this one of the main festivals of the year, it wasn’t always the case. In the early Christian church, Easter was much more prominent, focusing on the promise of redemption from Christ’s death and resurrection.

    Since Easter also falls during Passover, the celebration was also very well entrenched in society.  It was easy to interpret the Passover celebration in terms of Christ’s death. In early church writings, there is much about Jesus’ death and resurrection, but little about his birth.

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