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Old Christmas Traditions

There are lots of modern day Christmas traditions - the tree, stockings, mistletoe, etc. However, there are several Christmas traditions that died out with time. Which ones do you think we should bring back?


Christmas Traditions in Poland

Predicting the future was a big tradition in Poland around Christmas. Maidens who were curious about their future love didn't have their palms read. Instead, on Christmas Eve, some of them would eavesdrop on their neighbor. If they heard the word "go" it meant she would be getting married in the next year. The word "sit" meant she'd be single for a long time. Another way to find out their futures was to blindfold each other on the way to Christmas Eve midnight mass and touch fence pickets. A straight and smooth picket indicated a resourceful husband. A crooked and rough one meant a clumsy and awkward husband.


Christmas Traditions in Estonia

Estonians had the same tradition for both Christmas and New Year's Eve. They would prepare their house for a large feast and celebration then go to the sauna. The steam bath was usually visited before the Christmas Eve service. For the first Christmas surprise, children would get festive new clothes and shoes to wear to the Christmas Eve service.


Christmas Traditions in Victorian Times

An old Victorian tradition was to hide a glass pickle in the Christmas tree the night before Christmas. Whoever found the pickle would either get a special gift or get to open the first gift. The story behind this tradition goes back to medieval times. A horrible innkeeper stuffed two kids into a pickle barrel. St. Nicholas happened to stroll by the inn later on and heard of the kids' dilemma. He tapped the barrel with his staff and freed the kids, who ran home for Christmas dinner.


Humble (or 'umble) pie was made from, get this, the inner organs of a a deer. That's the heart, liver, brains and all that good stuff. Lords and Ladies ate the best part of the deer while servants took what was left over and put it into a pie and baked it. This is probably where the phrase, "go eat humble pie" came from. By the 17th century almost everyone had humble pie at Christmas time, at least until the government outlawed it.


What are your family's Christmas traditions? Do you hide a cheese-stuffed pepper for someone to find? Do you have a particular outfit you wear just for Christmas dinner? Let us know by leaving your comment below!


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Which One Should We Bring Back?

  • Predicting the future on Christmas Eve.
  • Hanging out in a sauna.
  • Hiding a glass pickle in the tree.
  • Eating humble pie. Sounds tasty!!

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AlphaT
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"KingShawn13" wrote:I'm interested on how prophets and Seers fit into the whole free will discussion? Because if they can truly see the future than that means free will doesn't exist and we are just following the agenda of the universe. Or it could be that they know the choices which we will freely make. 
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"trinityac" wrote:As of right now I am Bigender and there shouldn't be gender roles. Um....
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labimba
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YEAHHHH this is a good point, well one possibility is that what the prophets see is only ONE POSSIBLE FUTURE,  The Middle Eastern people, idk if you are into history but they had a lot of prophets in their times  where they would predict stuff, God would tell them certain info.  Like one time this prophet saw in a vision that this evil king had killed another guy so he could grab the guy's property for his own use.    He made sure the guy was killed legally so it was all cool but the prophet saw the truth so he went after him and told him he was going to die for what he did. Then the king felt really scared and guilty --so then God had mercy on him and said he wouldn't have to die.    His wife still did though 'cuz she was off the charts evil.    Does not ALWAYs work though like King David, he killed some guy and slept with his wife and had a kid and the prophet said the kid would die, and the kid died even though David was sick to his stomach feeing guilty about it.  
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