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No one know for certain who lays claim to the first Christmas tree but few dispute that it was in the area which is now Northern Europe.

When searching for the historical beginning of the first Christmas tree, one must go very deep into the past. Just like Santa Claus one finds that the first Christmas tree was combination of many different facts, legends and customs. The first documented use of a tree in a winter Christmas celebration was in several locations in Northern Europe including Estonia, and Latvia, in the year 1510 according to documents from the Blackheads Fraternity chronicles and from various sources in Germany.  more historical facts and information

Come and experience the 500th anniversary of this historic tradition.


Christmas Traditions Around the World  read more

Christmas is celebrated the world over in many different ways. Most cultures have similar themes and many Christmas traditions form part of the fun of the season for people who celebrate it. Many children leave Santa Claus a small treat before going to bed on Christmas Eve, which can be anything from cookies and milk, popular with US, Canada and a lesser extent the UK - who in the main tend to stick to sherry and a mince pie; Swedish children leave him rice pudding and Irish children leave him Guinness and Christmas pud.

Christmas trees are just one of many festive traditions around the world.

The Christmas tree itself is synonymous with Christmas and most cultures have either a tree or some kind of festive greenery in the house. From sprayed branches, to foliage garlands and wreaths with candles in them, almost everyone has a symbol of the outside on the inside of their houses. 

Christmas Lights & Decorations can be used to enhance trees, bushes, fences and gazebos and are now a large part of a very exciting time of year. 

Another popular practice is to hang Christmas stockings above the fireplace, ready to be packed full of stocking fillers by Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

In the UK a stocking is traditionally hung on the fireplace or at the foot of a bedstead. In the US these are also popular, but are sometimes present bags. 

Presents are opened at different times depending upon where you are in the world.

Other Christmas traditions include carol singing, traditionally in the UK carol singers knocked on a door and sang a Christmas carol. In exchange for this sometimes mince pies, or Christmas pudding was given to them or a shiny sixpence. read more

Christmas Market Bath - UK
Located in the heart of Bath's main shopping district, more than 170 traditional wooden chalets line the streets; each one offering handmade and beautiful gifts from Christmas decorations and food to toys and festive items. click for more information

Old Time Christmas Toys make Modern Day Christmas Presents

It seems like all anyone wants for Christmas is a new iPod or the latest iPad tablet device. However, you may find that Christmas makes many people nostalgic for traditions and toys from our past. If you are someone who misses the way Christmas used to be, you may be pleased to find out that one classic Christmas toy is still around and going strong - the Thomas and Friends train sets.

Thomas and Friends originated as a British children's television show in the mid-1980s. Since then, it has gained tremendous popularity in the USA. The show still airs today, but it is animated using CGI rather than using physical models. 

Setting up a model train set is a timeless activity that will provide a classic Christmas memory and tradition for you and your child.
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What is the medieval Christmas Experience ?
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-Original Oil painting Home of the First Christmas Tree (R) by Latvian Artist Ingmara Zalite

The Christmas Market in Tallinn is exceptional and so is the fun and excitement for the whole family. -- click for more information --

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Tallinn Christmas Market Ranked "top of the List" by the UK's newspaper The Times
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You may also consider visiting the Home of Santa Claus in Lapland Finland


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