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Dec 182014
 
Knocking Nights

The three Thursday’s before Christmas are known as “Knocking Nights” or Klöpfleinsnächte, Anklopfnächte, Klöpfelnachte, or Klopfelnächte. A long time ago in Germany (in the Bavarian region), people believed evil spirits and witches went about causing mischief on Thursday nights during Advent. Children would dress in costumes and walk through the streets banging lids, clanging cowbells, rattling tin cans, […]

 December 18, 2014  Posted by at 8:00 am The Many Days of Christmas Comments Off on Knocking Nights
Dec 162014
 

Also known as Little Christmas and Twentieth Day or Tyvendedagen, Scandinavians “plunder” their trees. All the decorations are taken down and the candies and cookies may be eaten. Finally, the tree is removed from the home. It is a festive day when friends and families get together.

 December 16, 2014  Posted by at 12:05 am The Many Days of Christmas Comments Off on January 13: St Knut’s Day
Dec 162014
 
December 16-24: Las Posadas

Las Posadas is a nine-day Latin American celebration commemorating the journey of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem and their search for lodgings. Celebrations happen in the evening on December 16 through December 24. The nine days are said to represent the nine months of Mary’s pregnancy. It is mostly celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, […]

 December 16, 2014  Posted by at 12:00 am The Many Days of Christmas Comments Off on December 16-24: Las Posadas
Dec 152014
 
Holy Family & Plough Monday

1st Sunday following Epiphany: Holy Family This day is to honor the Holy Family. For many, this is a time to celebrate their own family whether biological or a group of close friends. 1st Monday following Epipany: Plough Monday Traditionally farmers began working in their fields. In the old days, the farmers would have their […]

 December 15, 2014  Posted by at 2:23 pm The Many Days of Christmas Comments Off on Holy Family & Plough Monday
Dec 152014
 
January 06: Twelfth Night

Twelve days after Christmas is known at Twelfth Night or Epiphany and in Latin counties it is Dia de los Reyes Magos. It was on this night that the three kings made it to Bethlehem to present their gifts to the newborn Jesus–gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In Latin countries, on January 5th, the three wise […]

 December 15, 2014  Posted by at 2:13 pm The Many Days of Christmas Comments Off on January 06: Twelfth Night
Dec 152014
 
January 06: Befana

In Italy, Befana is a good witch, more like a fairy, who resides in chimneys and flies about on her broom on this night. Children leave focaccia, rather than cookies, for her near the fireplace the night before. In return she fills their stockings and shoes with toys and candy. Naughty children get lumps of […]

 December 15, 2014  Posted by at 2:00 pm The Many Days of Christmas Comments Off on January 06: Befana
Dec 152014
 

Servants were required to work on Christmas in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations. They were responsible for making the holiday run smoothly for wealthy landowners. They were allowed to take leave on December 26th and visit their families. The employers gave each servant a box containing gifts and bonuses. In addition, around the 800s’ […]

 December 15, 2014  Posted by at 1:53 pm The Many Days of Christmas Comments Off on December 26: Boxing Day
Dec 152014
 
December 12-24: Yuletide Lads, Jólasveinar

Iceland has several “Santa’s”. The Yuletide Lads are descendants of Gryla and and Leppalúði, the Ogres. They are mischievous and originally were supposed to scare naughty children. Also known as the Christmas Men, they visit Icelandic homes everyday, one Santa per day, beginning on the 12th and by Christmas they’ve all arrived. Their number has […]

 December 15, 2014  Posted by at 12:52 pm The Many Days of Christmas Comments Off on December 12-24: Yuletide Lads, Jólasveinar
Dec 152014
 
December 13: St. Lucia Day & Luciadagen

St. Lucia Day, also known as Little Yule is celebrated on December 13. St. Lucia ( St.Lucy’s) was a young girl from in Syracuse, Sicily, who lost her life in the persecution of Christians in the early fourth century. There is little known of her except that she was brave. Legends grew over time. One legend […]

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Dec 152014
 
December 05-06: St. Nicholas Eve, St. Nicholas Day & Sinterklaas Day

St. Nicholas Day is December 6th, but celebrations happen on St. Nicholas Eve as well. Celebrated throughout Europe, these days honor St. Nicholas, patron saint of Christmas, gift giving, and children. Sinterklaas is an elderly, serious man with white hair and a long, full beard. He wears a long red cape or chasuble over a […]

 December 15, 2014  Posted by at 10:24 am The Many Days of Christmas Comments Off on December 05-06: St. Nicholas Eve, St. Nicholas Day & Sinterklaas Day