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Concerning legends, traditions, and symbolism of Christmas

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What is the origin of the story that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole?

Can the traditional location of Santa Claus home and workshop be traced to older folklore stories, or is it a modern invention, a piece of fakelore?
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Why are poinsettias associated with Christmas?

The site Poinsettia Facts associates the flower with Christmas: No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia. Learn a few facts about this traditional Christmas plant. Today the ...
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Why do Ethiopians play gena on Christmas?

Traditionally, people in Ethiopia play gena - a rugby/field hockey like game - on Christmas day. Where does this tradition come from?
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Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?

Why do people kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas? Where does the tradition come from?
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Are There Pagan Roots of Christmas Traditions?

Why do we celebrate Christmas as we do today? What do the Christmas symbols mean: Santa, an evergreen tree, adornments, bells, mistletoe, reindeer, elves, socks filled with gourmet... where do they ...
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What is the origin of Krampus?

In 2 of the games I play, there is In Drive Ahead, a mini-boss is Krampus on a mission for Christmas. In Terraria, during the Frost Moon, Krampus spawns. It obviously has some Christmas roots, as ...
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What is the connection between Asherah and the custom of Christmas Trees?

Has there been any serious studies into the relationship between the Asherah tree and the Christmas trees, with the possibility of the former being the source of the latter?
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What is the link between Odin and Santa Claus?

What is the link between Odin and Santa Claus? How does Santa trace his origins to the Norse god?