Santas Go Back To School To Learn Tricks Of The Christmas Trade

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN (Reuters) – Randy Schneider has considered himself a professional Santa since 1999 when he found himself at a JCPenney store buying a beard and boots.

Now, Schneider, 66, has a beard of his own.

At the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, some two hundred Santas and Mrs. Clauses came from across the United States, Canada, Denmark and Norway to learn wood toy-making, brush up on storytelling skills, drive sleighs, feed reindeer and, most importantly, spread the Christmas spirit.

Cookies are readily available at all times during the three-day training course on becoming Santa.

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A Lighted Christmas Tree For the Holidays

Lighted Christmas tree for the holidays

Have you ever wondered how the custom of reducing a fir tree or evergreen, and connecting lights and ornaments to it happened? Well, according to numerous online sources, fir trees were not brought within at Christmas time up until the 16th century in Germany and England, and not up until much later to America. Lots of other conventional holiday customs, consisting of images of Santa Claus, holiday songs, hand blown glass accessories, and the lighting of the Christmas tree came from in Europe. The legend of the latter is that Martin Luther came from the tradition of decorating trees in celebration of Christmas, by bringing a little fir tree indoors and decorating it with lighted candle lights in honor of Christ’s birth. This practice gradually spread out throughout Europe and came to the United States as immigrants brought their Christmas customs with them.

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Top 6 Family Christmas Traditions

Exactly what makes Christmas unique for kids and families are the many Christmas traditions that we create and that take part in our celebrations year after year. These cherished traditions commonly restore memories of our own childhood Christmases, and they allow us to recreate them for our children and loved ones. Looking at Christmas lights, putting out cookies for Santa, decorating a Christmas tree, these are all traditions that have stood the test of time, but who’s to state more can’t be included? If you’re trying to find Christmas tradition ideas to start with your kids and family, then look no further. Here you’ll find six Christmas tradition concepts to take Christmas to an entire new level and make it more fun for everyone!

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