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Christmas Trees

What we would recognize as the first modern Christmas trees surfaced in 16th-century Germany, where trees in public buildings or guild houses were decorated with fruits and sweets, which the children picked off on Christmas Day. The tree custom caught on slowly, and while legend has it that in 1777 a captured Hessian soldier made a Windsor Locks, Conn., prison ... Read More »

Kindergarten Parent Accused of Ruining Christmas

Every year for a decade, kindergarten students at Sartorette Elementary School in San Jose have been writing letters to Santa then delivering them to the man himself on a school-sponsored outing. Not this year. The Cambrian School District says this month’s field trip to meet Santa Claus at a local coffee shop has been canceled after a Jewish mother complained ... Read More »