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A gentle story about preparing for Christmas with bright, lively illustrations presented in a robust format for the youngest to enjoy.

This greeting, together with many of the hymns of the feast, continue to be used until the leave-taking of the feast on 29 December. The Christmas season, especially in the West, is a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular traditions. Christmas during the Middle Ages was a public festival that incorporated ivy, holly, and other evergreens. The traditional Christmas narrative recounted in the New Testament, known as the Nativity of Jesus, says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies.If you are using extra heaters ensure they are away from curtains, sofas, Christmas trees and decorations etc.

Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses.In Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Quebec (French Canada), Romania, Uruguay, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland, Christmas presents are opened mostly on the evening of the 24th—following German tradition, this is also the practice among the British Royal Family since it was introduced by Queen Victoria and Albert, Prince Consort [40] [41]—while in Italy, the United States, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Malta, English Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, this occurs mostly on the morning of Christmas Day. Among Christians, as well as non-Christians who celebrate Christmas, the significant amount of vacation travel, and travel back to family homes, that takes place in the lead-up to Christmas means that Christmas Eve is also frequently a time of social events and parties, worldwide. Teddy wants to help Big Bear get ready, but every time he tries, he ends up making a mess -- and making Big Bear angry! In many of these countries, Christians are not the majority population, and, therefore, the religious holiday has not become a cultural holiday. It can also be seen in the practice of sending Christmas cards, which began in England in the 19th century.

Donald Heinz, a professor at California State University, states that Martin Luther "inaugurated a period in which Germany would produce a unique culture of Christmas, much copied in North America. Crīst ( genitive Crīstes) is from the Greek Χριστός ( Khrīstos, 'Christ'), a translation of the Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ‎ ( Māšîaḥ, ' Messiah'), meaning 'anointed'; [25] [26] and mæsse is from the Latin missa, the celebration of the Eucharist. The word "celebrated" or "to celebrate", means (according to Lexico/Oxford): "Acknowledge (a significant or happy day or event) with a social gathering or enjoyable activity. 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. During this time one feast leads into another: 25–31 December is the afterfeast of the Nativity; 2–5 January is the forefeast of the Epiphany.This gentle picture book reminds readers that Christmas is a time for believing in all things magical.

Over the past few centuries, Christmas has had a steadily growing economic effect in many regions of the world.Nobody talks of Advent Day or Lent Day and Easter is clearly Good Friday, Easter Day and Easter Monday, even if the Eggs are meant for just Easter Day. The meal is often accompanied with wine or Bulgaria's traditional alcoholic beverage rakia, in the past olovina (a type of homemade rye beer). Showing the problem in another family can sometimes be the gentlest way of getting the point across. People exchange apples, because the word for "apple" ( 苹 ( píng )果) is a rhyming wordplay with "peace" ( 平 ( píng )安). The church in Rome began celebrating Christmas on December 25 in the 4th century during the reign of Constantine, the first Christian emperor, possibly to weaken pagan traditions.

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