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Historical Tradition

Christmas Eve: Why do we celebrate it?

According to its original meaning, Christians gather on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Non-Christian people also celebrate this day as a family holiday with presents. Learn more about the history and meaning of the day as well as traditional Christmas Eve dishes in this article.

Father Christmas: Who is he really?

As Christmas season approaches, children big and small begin to wait patiently for Father Christmas to arrive. But where does the symbolic figure of Father Christmas come from? And what does he look like in other countries? We give you the answers to these and many other questions in this article.

Advent Calendar: History & Meaning

For most people, it is impossible to imagine the pre-Christmas season without it. But where does the tradition of opening a little door each day actually come from? How long have Advent calendars been around and how have they changed over time?

The Christ Child: The Meaning and History of the Blonde-Haired Angel

Blonde-haired with a white ruffled dress, wings and a halo: this is how we imagine the figure of the Christ Child, who lights up the eyes of young children on Christmas Eve. But do you know the story behind the angel?

Why do we celebrate Christmas? The meaning of Christmas explained

For Christians in particular, Christmas is a very special holiday that is celebrated with the whole family. But why do we celebrate Christmas at all and what are the different Christmas traditions all about? In this article, we explain the meaning of Christmas.

The History and Tradition of the Moravian Star

The Moravian star shines in windows at Christmas time and decorates house entrances, fir trees and Christmas markets. But where does the distinctive star with its many points come from and how did become so popular?

The history of the clock

The history of timekeeping is as old as the history of mankind. We offer you a brief insight into the origins of the clock and show you what secrets are hidden in this everyday object that sets the pace of our lives.

Why do we celebrate Saint Nicholas? The history & significance of the saint

Nicholas of Myra is one of the most popular and well-known saints of the Church. But who was Saint Nicholas, how did the customs for his day of remembrance on 6 December originate and how is the feast of Saint Nicholas celebrated in other countries? In this article, you will learn everything about the history and significance of Saint Nicholas.

Why do we celebrate Easter - the meaning and traditions of Easter simply explained

For many people, Easter is primarily a family celebration with Easter egg hunts, chocolate Easter bunnies and colourful eggs. People often forget that for Christians, Easter is the oldest and highest festival in the church year. In this magazine article, we answer the most important questions about the origin, meaning and customs of Easter.

Why and how we set up a Christmas tree: history and suggestions

For many families, a decorated Christmas tree is the focal point of the Christmas party, belongs to Christmas as a crib and cookies. The tradition of putting a green tree in the living room is not so old compared to the birth of Jesus 2000 years ago. We reveal why we put a Christmas tree in the living room and give advice on how to set up the Christmas tree.

Typical Christmas habits in Germany and other countries

Whether it's the Christmas tree, presents or the baby Jesus in the manger, all these Christmas customs are part of a typical German Christmas party. But where do these customs come from and when did they become a beautiful tradition? Furthermore, what strange and funny Christmas customs are there in other countries?

Christian symbols and their meanings

Either a cross, a fish or a crib: Christian symbols are often encountered in everyday life - and not only in church or the cemetery. But we often know little about their origins. And what is their meaning? Learn more about the religious symbols of Christianity in this article.

The Archangel Gabriel: everything worth knowing about this angel

As an angel announcer, it should not be missing in any decorated Christmas crib: the Archangel Gabriel. But what else is known about the angel who brought the good news of the Lord to Mary? Find out all you need to know about the Archangel Gabriel in this article

Who was Mary, the mother of Jesus?

All those who have studied the Bible know it: Mary, the mother of Jesus. People in many religions and in many places in the world worship her. Who is this saint and "Mother of God"? What does the Bible say about her? What place does she occupy in Christianity? And, is she also a model for women today?

Name day: find your patron saint

For centuries the name day has had a high value in Catholic circles. Some families still celebrate the anniversary of their patron saint as a second birthday. But not everyone knows when it is their name day. How do you determine your name day, what meaning does this day have and when you celebrate it if there are more saints or angels with the same name?

Birth of Jesus: When was Jesus born?

Jesus was born on the evening of December 24 - or not? In our exciting article you will learn what you know nothing about Jesus' date of birth, what probably belongs more to the realm of legends and what historians have discovered about Jesus of Nazareth.

The cross - symbol of Christianity

The cross is the symbol of Christianity, but why, of all things, does the memory of Jesus' death play such an important role in the faith? And why is it still a beautiful tradition today to hang hand-carved crosses? Here you will find interesting facts about the cross.

Meaning of the Putto Angel

The cherubs are figures of chubby angels, which spread a cheerful mood as decorations for trees, figures of carved cherubs and in paintings. Did you know that in antiquity there were representations of cherubs? Read here what distinguishes cherubs and angels.

The Three Wise Kings: origin, meaning and traditions

Those who study the history of the Three Kings will soon realize that these are mainly religious myths, sagas and legends handed down. Who were these wise men of the Orient and what were the customs around the Feast of Epiphany or the Feast of the Three Kings?