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The truce began on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1914, when German troops began decorating the area around their trenches in the region of Ypres, Belgium, for Christmas. This is a very popular way to represent the star of bethlehem, especially as a christmas tree topper - see https://imgur. Award winning illustrator Jane Chapman graduated from Brighton University with a First Class Honours degree in illustration.

In the Early Middle Ages, Christmas Day was overshadowed by Epiphany, which in western Christianity focused on the visit of the magi. Thus only one day can be Christmas and no matter how you choose to celebrate and when or how many days, still only the 25th of December will be Christmas!

Congregations of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria follow the date of December 25 on the Julian calendar, which corresponds to Khiak 29 on the ancient Coptic calendar. During the Reformation in 16th- and 17th-century Europe, many Protestants changed the gift bringer to the Christ Child or Christkindl, and the date of giving gifts changed from 6 December to Christmas Eve. Check Christmas lights are off, cigarettes are out, candles are out and electrics are off (where possible) before you go to bed. The second day is known as the Synaxis of the Theotokos, and commemorates the role of the Virgin Mary in the Nativity of Jesus.

Its instant popularity played a major role in portraying Christmas as a holiday emphasizing family, goodwill, and compassion. citation needed] Beef is a rarity, [ citation needed] but a popular dish is tinaktak, ground beef in coconut milk. Conventional dishes served for the main course include: lechón, pancit, sweet-tasting spaghetti, fried chicken, jamón, queso de bola, arróz caldo, lumpia, turkey, relyenong bangús (stuffed milkfish), adobo, steamed rice, and various breads such as pan de sal.Wrapping the presents proved sticky and finding the tree was more difficult than might have been expected - and let's not think about getting it into the house. Although pre-Christmas fasting is not a popular custom still practiced by Italian-Americans, many still enjoy a meatless Christmas Eve feast. They began by placing candles on trees, then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols, most notably Stille Nacht ("Silent Night").

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