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Questions

Do you know of a custom that of when you receive your first Christmas card, with the Three Kings on it, you put it over the door? It may be a Russian custom.
The Custom is probably similar to the one of added the wisemen to a Nativity scene on Epiphany. However, I'd like to know when and where the 'Card above the Door' custom started!

It also seems that it might have Irish connections and hanging a card with the three wise men on it on your door bring you luck for the following year!

Do you know about a Christmas character called Black Rupert? (the brother of Black Peter perhaps?!)
In some regions of Germany, there is a character called "Knecht Ruprecht" or "Krampus" (Knecht=menial) who accompanies Nikolaus (St.Nicholas) on the 6th of December. He is clothed in rugs and carries a birch. He will punish the children who were bad and will give them a birch as a present. He is usually the one who scares the little children.

Do you know anything about the Customs of the Christmas Pie or House?

Do you know the stories behind some German Christmas Tree Decorations?

Do you know another name for January 2nd?
2nd January is also known as St. Basil's Day

Do you know the tradition/story of 'Nativity Bean Soup', where a recipe for bean soup has an explanation of what each type of bean represented regarding the birth of Jesus?

Do you know the country in Europe that traditionally celebrates Dec 31st by singers going from house to house making collections.
In Germany, there is the tradition of the Sternsinger (or star singers) who go from house to house, sing a song and collect money for charity (this is a predominantly Catholic tradition). They are 4 children, three who dress up like the Wisemen and one carries a star on a stick as a symbol for the Star of Bethlehem. When they're finished singing, they write a signature with chalk over the door of the house. The sign is written in a special way, so Christmas 2006 would be: 20*C*M*B*06. It is considered to be bad luck to wash the sign away - it has to fade by itself. It has usually faded by the 6th of January (Epiphany).

Do you know any Christmas Songs that come from Sweden?

Do you know how Christmas is celebrated in Ecuador?

Do you know how Christmas is celebrated in Hungary?

Do you know how St. Nicholas day (December 6th) is celebrated in Switzerland?
'In Switzerland, St. Nicholas parades the streets with his arms full of red apples, cookies and prunes for the children.'
This answer came from a visitor to the site from Derbyshire, UK. If you have anymore information, please e-mail me!

Do you know how Christmas is celebrated in any African countries (that aren't on the site!)?

Do you know when snowmen were first made?

Do you know the legend about frogs bringing happiness to homes?!
It might be because frogs jump only forward and never backwards. So frogs can symbolise progress and the hope of the future.

Do you know a Christmas song from Zimbabwe that contains these lines?
It's Christmas in Zimbabwe and there's no missle-toe
No holly and no raindeer, no robin in the snow,
But there's the red pointsettia, and bright flamboyant too.....
There's a song called 'Christmas in Rhodesia' (Zimbabwe used to be called Rhodesia) by John Edmond. The first two verses go:
It’s Christmas in Rhodesia
And there’s no mistletoe
No holly and no reindeer
No Robin in the snow

But bless our red Poinsettia
And bright Flamboyant too
And gentle eyes Impala
To see dear Santa through

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