Christmas Lore: Are You Curious About Christmas Traditions, Myths and Truths?

Discover the Christmas traditions and answers you are looking for -- and how you can create some great new Christmas traditions for your family

If you'd like to find out about Christmas lore and Christmas traditions around the world, you've come to the right place.

Hi. I'm Laura Legend. Everyone thinks that's a nickname since I love to share unusual and interesting tales, customs, traditions and lore about Christmas, but that really is my name. (I've been accused of marrying into the Legend family just so I could have a name that suits my personality. However, I must say, there is no truth to those allegations.) ;-)

Regardless of whether you're interested in Christmas tree facts... the history of mistletoe... why we light Christmas lights... the history of Santa Claus' wife... or Christmas traditions around the world, you'll find stories you can share with your family -- or at Christmas parties.

So welcome -- and enjoy your visit. Feel free to click here if you'd like to find out more about this website and the things you can expect to discover here.

Will You Be Burning a Yule Log This Year?

Once upon a time, a Yule log burned in the hearths of most Western homes come Christmas Eve -- if only because most homes had fireplaces back then. There weren't many options for keeping warm in the winter before the wonders of modern technology, after all.

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Tired of Turkey? Try a Christmas Goose Instead

Back in the olden days (or so the stories tell us), the Christmas goose was a common Yuletide dining tradition. Remember that song that goes, "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat"? Now you know why that mattered. That song was new back when hardly anyone in Europe had ever tasted turkey.

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Where Are the Uniquely American Christmas Traditions?

Christmas is two thousand years old, but America is only one-tenth that. No wonder we don't have many of our own unique Christmas traditions.

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Why the Christmas Turkey?

Ever given any thought as to why such a humble thing as the Christmas turkey has become a nearly universal tradition? And no, I'm not talking about the musical album of the same name by the Arrogant Worms, which is hilarious and has its place, but alas, dates only from 1997.

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All the Christmas Holidays

If pressed, folklorists will admit that the Christmas holidays we enjoy today are just the latest in a string of winter solstice celebrations stretching back to the beginnings of Western history. And as special as they are, that's actually true.

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Traditional Christmas Songs Everyone Loves

One of the things I love most about December is singing traditional Christmas songs, although I do have to admit that I get a tad sick of hearing the same ten repeated over and over in the stores, one right after the other. Especially that crybaby version of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire."

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Mele Kalikimaka! Extraordinary Hawaiian Christmas Traditions

If you've ever had the pleasure of visiting Hawaii during Yuletide, you've experienced the unique joy of Hawaiian Christmas traditions. Of course, when you live in a natural paradise, it's easy to have fun -- but Hawaiians make a truly serious effort come the holiday season.

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Why I launched this website about Christmas traditions... and what you'll discover here

Around Christmastime, I'm always telling stories about Christmas traditions around the world. My husband says I can't walk by a Christmas decoration without telling everyone the history, origin and cultural significance of it.

My friends love to hear about Christmas traditions and customs and I'm frequently asked to take the floor at a Christmas party to liven up the crowd with some tales of Christmas lore. At the prompting of my friends and family, I have launched this website that is filled with stories, tales and myths about Christmas and Christmas traditions.

If what all my friends, family, in-laws and acquaintances say about me is right, you'll find extremely interesting and entertaining stories about Christmas traditions right here on this website.

Here's what you'll find at Christmas Lore...

You'll learn the origin of many of the Christmas traditions we practice today, as well as the significance of the tradition. You'll even get some great ideas for making your very own family Christmas traditions that will make each and every Christmas fun, special, and most importantly, memorable!

Throughout Christmas Lore you'll find Fun Facts, Did You Know?, Factoids, and other interesting and enlightening tales about Christmas lore and Christmas traditions.

You'll also find occasional posts from my friend, Noel Jameson. Noel has her own blog called Christmas Rants (which is great!), and I've asked her to stop by here occasionally to share here Christmas wisdom as well. Enjoy!

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