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History of the 12 Days of Christmas: They're after Christmas?
Bill Petro

THE HISTORY OF THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS The Twelve Days of Christmas are the dozen days in the liturgical calendar of the Western Church between… Read More

History of the 12 Days of Christmas: They’re after…
History of Mistletoe: Why is it the Kissing plant?
Bill Petro

HISTORY OF MISTLETOE We've mentioned previously that mistletoe was prominent in the traditions of the Druids and the lore of northern Europe. The D… Read More

History of Mistletoe: Why is it the Kissing plant?
History of the Christmas Creche: the Manger scene
Bill Petro

HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS CRECHE One of the most beautiful Christmas traditions is setting up a creche during the Advent season. A creche is a model o… Read More

History of the Christmas Creche: the Manger scene
History of Santa Claus: Saint or Elf?
Bill Petro

HISTORY OF SANTA CLAUS December 6 is "Saint Nicholas Day." The name Santa Claus is a kind of a contraction for Saint Nicholas, the German name Sankt… Read More

History of Santa Claus: Saint or Elf?
History of Christmas Music: more than just carols?
Bill Petro

HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC Music early became a marked feature of the Christmas season. But the first chants, litanies, and hymns were in Latin and t… Read More

History of Christmas Music: more than just carols?
History of A Sacred Oratorio: How was popular Christmas music considered scandalous and profane?
Bill Petro

HISTORY OF A SACRED ORATORIO The genteel reception accorded the original debut performance stood in marked contrast to the savage hostility which gre… Read More

History of A Sacred Oratorio: How was popular Chri…
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