• United States
2 Nov 06
My favorite one is God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, but I also like Silent Night & the Little Drummer Boy. I love playing the Christmas songs during Christmas eve and Christmas day! I created a long playlist in my Music Match Jukebox so I never have to change a cd LOL.
6 Dec 06
We have many recorded events in history that show the giving and receiving of gifts dates back at least to the 4th century. St. Nicholas, a Christian Bishop, was known for his generosity in giving to those less fortunate than he, as well as giving to children of all backgrounds simply because he felt they needed to savor their childrood, and have joyous times to remember (contrary to the beliefs of that time, which would suggest that boys even as young as 8 be sent to work to help earn income for thier families and girls as young as 5 to help their mothers with the housework and meal preparation). THe most common gift given were homemade foods and sweets, oranges (this was a huge treat due to the fact they were very rare), handcrafted gifts such as socks, sweaters, dresses, nightgowns, blankets, tables, chairs, and other handmade useful items. This tradition began with St. Nicholas in Turkey. It moved throughout the world very quickly, and before the 10th century is is supposed that nearly every country was participating in this exchange. However, many people believe that the tradition of gift giving started in the year of our Lord within the first year of Christ's birth as the 3 wise men/kings brought offerings to honor him.