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i love the stories behind the different holidays.... i've always wished that we had richer traditions here, but the holidays are more kind of diluted and commercialized as time goes by. But I do love knowing the histories and the old stories.

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You can watch History Channel - they do a show about the traditions of each and every holiday even minor ones like Halloween, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day. They describe the old customs and stories, then show how it has been adapted by America - I just ignore the commercialization aspect.

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Same with us - small and intimate and family-oriented, although Santa visits, of course :)) When I was small, World Book encyclopedia had a series of books about Christmas around the world. My sister and I divided them up and I have France, Ireland, Austria, Spain, Scandinavia, Britain, the Holy Land, Colonial and Early America, Germany - they detail Christmas origins, customs, traditions including carols, food, crafts, etc. Really, really cool books. We put them out and re-read them every year.

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commercialisation is the general problem in our western world... the smallest tradition makes the big multinationals smell money.... its sad, really. but nothin to do bout it. sounds like an interesting series on history channel, janette.

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I used to hate flying, but then i didn't fly for a really long time, and when I did again, it wasnt so bad..... still not my favorite, but now I almost like it :-) which is nice, because there are many places I want to go that are too far to drive!

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Same with us - small and intimate and family-oriented, although Santa visits, of course :)) When I was small, World Book encyclopedia had a series of books about Christmas around the world. My sister and I divided them up and I have France, Ireland, Austria, Spain, Scandinavia, Britain, the Holy Land, Colonial and Early America, Germany - they detail Christmas origins, customs, traditions including carols, food, crafts, etc. Really, really cool books. We put them out and re-read them every year.
These sound like wonderful books!  When our kids were little, Santa brought mom (me!) a new Christmas book each year...  and they were usually something to do with Christmas around the world....  and that collection is one of my favorite parts of getting the Christmas things out each year. 
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Same with us - small and intimate and family-oriented, although Santa visits, of course :)) When I was small, World Book encyclopedia had a series of books about Christmas around the world. My sister and I divided them up and I have France, Ireland, Austria, Spain, Scandinavia, Britain, the Holy Land, Colonial and Early America, Germany - they detail Christmas origins, customs, traditions including carols, food, crafts, etc. Really, really cool books. We put them out and re-read them every year.
These sound like wonderful books!  When our kids were little, Santa brought mom (me!) a new Christmas book each year...  and they were usually something to do with Christmas around the world....  and that collection is one of my favorite parts of getting the Christmas things out each year. 
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