Christmas Lore

How did the tradition of Christmas cards get started? What’s behind that weird (if you think about it) “12 Days of Christmas” song? Why cover your house and tree with lights? And, um, why a tree? Run by Laura Legend (no really: that’s her real name), this site answers it all, and plenty more. “My husband says I can’t walk by a Christmas decoration without telling everyone the history, origin and cultural significance of it,” Legend says. So she put it on a web site so more people could hear the details.

(Originally published 2 December 2007)

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