Sunday, December 8, 2013

Christmas Countdown Trivia

 I have been counting down Christmas from 1 December on my Facebook page... here is some trivia I have been uncovering during the process.
Christmas Bells...  In older times he very shape of the bell is reminiscent to dome of heaven. In Christianity the ringing of a bell is a sacred announcement to the presence of Christ at mass. In Buddhism, the sounding of a bell is the resonance of pure wisdom - a tonal symbol of perfect harmony & clarity. In Asian thought the bell is also a harmonic symbol - the bell itself considered female, the clapper or pendulum within the bell is male. The two working as one to create a beautiful tone is symbolic of the union between male and female (yin and yang) to create perfect cooperation and balance 
 I use these pillow cases every December and have done so for about 30+ years? I have enough for everyone in the family so now I guess I have a set of "vintage" Christmas pillow cases  To see a pillow in your dream represents comfort. relaxation, ease, and/or luxury. You need to take it easy on yourself 
 Christmas is celebrated all over the world  but there are many different traditions and there are some Christmas celebrations even in countries where the majority of people are non-Christian. Celebrate Christmas by giving an "ethnic " gift .... some ideas? 
 According to research commissioned by eBay , this year Australians each spent an average of $662 to buy 12.7 Christmas presents, with an average cost of just over $52 per gift. Yet despite this $8.5 billion spend on gifts, more than half the respondents still received at least one unwanted present on Christmas day. 



 In "The Father Christmas Letters", which Tolkien wrote for his children, Red Gnomes are helpful creatures who come from Norway to the North Pole to assist Father Christmas and his Elves in fighting the wicked Goblins.

Before electricity, people used candles to light their homes and to decorate their Christmas trees. Today electric lights have replaced candles. Candles and Christmas lights represent Christ, the Light of the World. "I am the light of the world. No follower of mine shall ever walk in darkness; no, he shall possess the light of life" (John 8:12). "


Gingerbread dates back to the15th century, and figural biscuit-making was practised in the 16th century.[1 The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread-biscuits appearing was in the court of Elizabeth I of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests
"Run, run, run as fast as you can.
You’ll never catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.
I ran from the baker and his wife too.
You’ll never catch me, not any of you"


Did you know that holly is associated with males and is considered to bring men good luck and protection; the female counterpart to holly is ivy? 
 Early Christians recognized deeper symbolism in Holly by associating the leaves as the "crown of thorns" and the red berries as the blood of Christ.... 

From now until Christmas .... I will add a brief post daily to countdown the next three weeks to Christmas Day. 

1 comment:

  1. Loved reading about all the symbols of Christmas. New Years is a good one as is Boxing Day! Can't wait to see what you find! Cheers Bobbi


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