The Many Faces of Christmas

21 Dec

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From Elves to Snowmen Christmas time is filled with familiar characters with warm hearts and smiling faces. The many people that make Christmas special all have traditions and some even folklore that surround them, making them unique to every culture. Santa Claus, Jolly Ole’ St. Nick is a favorite for children of all ages. Bringing gifts the night of Christmas Eve with his reindeer and his sleigh puts joy into the hearts of children who look for him until their little eyes go to sleep. For adults the feeling is mutual, Santa Claus brings joy to their children and in turn to parents themselves. 

Santa Claus is generally is a portly, joyous, white-bearded man, sometimes with round spectacles and a red coat with white collar and cuffs. His long white beard and white-cuffed red trousers are just touches to his black leather belt and boots all while he carries a bag full of gifts for children. The modern figure of Santa Claus derives himself from the Dutch figure, Sinterklass, which was part of tales about a bishop and gift giver, Saint Nicholas. During the Christianization of Europe he grew through folklore and stories and formed the modern Santa we know today!

According to tradition, tracing back to the 1820s, Santa Claus lives in the North Pole with many magical elves! A timeless tradition that has created special memories for countless children and families since 1956 is Elf Magic! The Christmas elf is Santa’s number one helper and often has pointy ears and pointy hats! Santa’s elves are often said to make the toys and  through the tradition of Elf Magic families are able to reinforce values and the true meaning of Christmas after an Elf’s magical night of adventures. Each night children know the magic will return and bring their mischievous elf back to life! Being the number one helper in the North Pole Elves have a special connection with Santa, one that is cherished in stories of Jolly Ole’ Saint Nick!

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Other important faces that bring joy and warmth to family traditions are Angles and Snowmen. Snowmen were probably first made by people to ward off evil winter spirits but have turned into a good excuse to playin the snow and have lots of family fun! The first famous snowman was Frosty the Snowman, appearing in the 1950’s song by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollings! Since then Snowmen have brought even more joy to families, who celebrate the season together, and reminiscing on your first snowman always brings a smile to your face. 

Angles on the other hand remind us of the real meaning of Christmas, although they are fun and beautiful they bring us back to the traditions surrounding Jesus and Christian faith. Just look at the Christmas trees around you this Christmas and you’ll see a variety of angles, all of whom represent the wonderful blessings of God. Angles played an important role in the first Christmas. Gabriel, the archangel of revelation told Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ. Joseph was also visited by an angle, in a dream, that told him of his important role as Jesus’ father on Earth. When Jesus was born a vast amount of angles appeared in the sky above Bethlehem and announced and celebrated the birth of Jesus, the world’s savior.

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