When we think of Christmas more than likely we think about the many different traditions that come with the holiday. Traditions reach several parts of our holiday life. We watch the same programs every year. We decorate inside and out. We cook our favorite foods. It is all just part of embracing the season. So when something can break through the old traditions and make its way into our holiday routine it’s a big deal. The Elf on the Shelf may seem like an age-old tradition, but it’s far newer than you might think. Continue reading “Traditional Tales: Elf on the Shelf”
Be good for goodness sake… oh, and so Santa doesn’t bring you coal on Christmas!
Santa’s a pretty giving guy, even when it comes to the naughty boys and girls… but do you know why coal is specifically the gift of choice for Jolly Old Saint Nicholas? Continue reading “Traditional Tales: Why Santa Gives Coal to Bad Kids”
Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? What’s the big idea?
We dove into the interwebs to find out exactly where this tradition originated. We found some interesting stuff regarding ancient rituals and medicinal usage on top of the current-day tradition of just hanging it in the doorway and waiting underneath for a smooch! Read on to see a few of our favorite explanations: some are pretty strange, and not as romantic as you’d think! Continue reading “Traditional Tales: Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?”