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The Christmas Town & Village Collectibles Blog

THE EVOLUITION OF SANTA CLAUS

      The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in the red suit, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century. Find out more about the history of Santa Claus from his earliest origins to the shopping mall favorite of today, and discover how two New Yorkers–Clement Clark Moore and Thomas Nast–were major influences on the Santa Claus millions of children wait for each Christmas Eve. THE LEGEND OF ST. NICHOLAS        The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back...

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Who Staged the First Nativity Scene? Here’s a hint in 1223 AD

      Blame St. Francis of Assisi, who is credited with staging the first nativity scene in 1223. The only historical account we have of Francis’ nativity scene comes from The Life of St. Francis of Assisi by St. Bonaventure, a Franciscan monk who was born five years before Francis’ death.        According to Bonaventure’s biography, St. Francis got permission from Pope Honorious III to set up a manger with hay and two live animals—an ox and an ass—in a cave in the Italian village of Grecio. He then invited the villagers to come gaze upon the scene while...

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Silent Night

The reason "Silent Night" was created: How the world's most famous Christmas carol came to be written and set to music          That church was the birthplace of "Silent Night." Here's the story how this most famous of Christmas carols came to be written:        In 1818, a roving band of actors was performing in towns throughout the Austrian Alps. On December 23 they arrived at Oberndorf, a village near Salzburg where they were to re-enact the story of Christ's birth in the small Church of St. Nicholas.      Unfortunately, the St. Nicholas' church organ wasn't working and would not...

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Rudolph's TRUE Story

THE TRUE STORY OF RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER A guy named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bobs wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dads eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?" Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life...

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