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The joyous themes for many Chrismas carols were banned in England by the staunch Protestant Oliver Cromwell and many of the very old Chrismas carols were subsequently lost for all time. Chrismas carols were only fully popularised again during the Victorian era when they again expressed joyful and merry themes in their lyrics as opposed to the normal, more sombre, Christian lyrics found in hymns. As religious observances in the United States and England were closely linked the popularity of Chrismas carols grew in both countries in the 19th century. Many Christmas traditions are relatively recent such as Santa Claus and reindeer and bear no relation to Chrismas carols.

The Chrismas carols are based on Christian lyrics and relate, in the main, to the Nativity. Chrismas carols were introduced to church services by St Francis of Assisi in the 12th century. The word "carol" is derived from the French word caroller and the interpretation of which means dancing around in a circle. Carols eventually came to mean not only to dance but also included appropriate Christmas and Nativity music.

Buying Christmas gifts for men is not always an easy task. As the season nears you do not want to be stuck looking for the perfect gift for him only to find that all your ideas are exhausted and there you stand in the socks and underwear section hopelessly purchasing the inevitably characterless present for your special man.

The push comes in the wake of the thwarted attack of a commercial airliner over Detroit last Christmas, in which Nigerian native Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is charged with attempting to blow the flight up. The attempted bombing woke the U.S. up to how vulnerable the international aviation system is to infiltration, Napolitano said In the aftermath of the Christmas Day attempt last year…we took a step back and looked at what was really going on with global aviation security…and recognized that the way the global aviation system is set up, if you get access to any one part, you potentially have access to all,” said Napolitano.

We think that is a great way to make sure that those who pose a threat to aviation are identified prior to the time they even get to an airport much less prior to the time they get screened to get on an airplane,said Napolitano.We are now doing the watchlist checking, not the airlines.

Although nominally a Christian holiday, Christmas is also widely celebrated by many non-Christians,and many of its popular celebratory customs have pre-Christian or secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift-giving, music, an exchange of greeting cards, church celebrations, a special meal, and the display of various decorations; including Christmas trees, lights, garlands, mistletoe, nativity scenes, and holly. In addition, Father Christmas (or Santa Claus) is a popular folklore figure in many countries, associated with the bringing of gifts for children.


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