Christmas Traditions and More


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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is the only place you need to shop for everyone on your holiday shopping list. All you have to do is go online point and click and your gift giving will be complete. With that being said, there are some things that you probably aren’t aware of when it comes to the worlds’ most beloved holiday.

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The Rockettes have shared the stage during Christmas with farm animals since the Depression for its annual Christmas Spectacular with sheep, donkeys, and camels taking center stage every year. However, the first live nativity was in 1224 when St. Francis of Assisi recreated the birth of Jesus in order to explain Christmas to those who followed him. During that very first display, the manger was also used as an alter for the Christmas Mass.

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Christmas traditions vary around the world with the Finnish celebrating Christmas Eve in a sauna. The Portuguese hold a Christmas Day feast for both the living and the dead with extra table settings for deceased souls. In Greece, people believe that the kallikantzeri, or goblins, run amok during the twelve days of Christmas. In fact, most of Greeks will not exchange gifts until the first of January or St. Basil’s Day. In New Zealand and Australia Christmas is spent on the beach or enjoying lobster as the holiday falls during summer. In Spain millions buy lottery tickets as the World’s Largest Lottery happens on Christmas Day.

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According to the largest social media site in the world, Facebook, two weeks before Christmas is the most popular day for couples to part ways with Christmas Day being the least popular.

It may seem hard to believe, but Christmas was actually declared illegal and banned back in 1644 by an Act of Parliament in England. Apparently, the English had a distaste for the merry making and revelry.

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The popular upside down Christmas tree was originally used in the 12 century with Europeans hanging evergreens from their ceilings, which represented the Holy Trinity. The tradition became popular again with department stores using upside down trees to increase their floor space. Consumers loved the idea and decided to take it home.

Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune when you shop with SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. However, if you were to follow the tradition of the 12 days of Christmas you would have to spend a whopping $18,348.87 if you were to place the 364 gifts under the tree.