The Season Of The Heart


It’s that time of the year again: The warm smell of cocoa and spice fills the air. A bright green fir tree is sitting patiently in your living room waiting to be decorated. Candy cane flavoured everything is what your diet consists of, and coffee shops everywhere are throwing out their old pumpkin spice in exchange for new gingerbread and peppermint flavours. It’s time to bust out those old ugly sweaters and dust off your ornaments, because it’s Christmas time! All joking aside, Christmas isn’t just defined solely by coloured lights and paper-wrapped packages; it is a time to come together as a family. Christmas, as we know it today, cropped up near the late 19th century. At this time is when St. Nicholas became widely known as Santa Claus, Christmas trees became widely popular, and A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens. Some other traditions gained during that time include kissing significant others under the mistletoe, Christmas fruitcake, and caroling! However, the most famous of all Christmas traditions is that of exchanging gifts. Presents have been given since the early origins of Christmas (think Roman times), but the focus on children began with the arrival of St. Nicholas. He, according legend, traveled and delivered small gifts to children and placed them in stockings hanging on the wall. After this, the legend of St. Nicholas spread and evolved into the Santa Claus we know and love today. Nowadays, children stay up late at night waiting for Santa Clause to come and deliver their gifts. Mornings are filled with laughter and happiness as they unwrap their presents and spend time together with their parents, usually playing all morning. The toys and gifts unite them as a family, and really, isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

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