The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
History, traditions make Christmas season even more merry
Christmas is a favorite time for most, surrounded by longtime traditions and personal family traditions alike. We all know that this is a time to celebrate Jesus’s birth, and symbols of this can be seen in almost all the Christmas traditions we honor today. Grab the kids and gather them around to share with them the reasons we do what we do for Christmas.
December 25th – Although Jesus was not born on December 25th, we have celebrated his birthday on this day since as early as 273 A.D. Many other festivals are celebrated on or around that day and Christmas is even celebrated up until January 7th in some countries.
The Christmas Tree – The Christmas Tree originated in Germany sometime during the 16th century. They used evergreen trees for their luscious green color and decorated them with apples, candies, and paper flowers. Apples were used to represent the apple from the Paradise Tree in the Garden of Eden. A fun tradition to start today is making apple ornaments for the birds. Simply cover an apple with peanut butter and roll in birdseed. Attach a string and hang it from branches in your yard or use them to create your own Paradise Tree.
Trek through Mississippi ends with a twist
He did not travel down the Mighty Mississippi in a literal sense, but the Big River brought Mick Barrett to Tunica County and the home of a local family as part of his multi-state trek on foot.
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Barrett stopped by the Tunica Museum seeking a place to pitch his tent for the night. Director Dick Taylor offered him a warm bed at the Taylors’ house instead and a hot meal at the Blue and White Restaurant. Barrett had come from Memphis and beyond, where he’d been following the path of the river.
Dreaming of a White Christmas
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