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The Seven Joys of Mary
Mary and the Flabbergasting Fact
Her moment of obedience triggered two millennia of reverence.
The Reformer loved to dwell on the nativity. Here are a few of his thoughts.
From three little verses in John has come a rich tradition of song and art.
John seems to tap a Hebrew political tradition to show Mary in an exalted role.
How certain details of the nativity became tradition.
At the temple, long before the cross, her son's cruel death pierced Mary.
A brief history of the Christmas tree.
For the church's first three centuries, Christmas wasn't in December—or on the calendar at all.
Christmas Carols and the Civil War.
Why holly and not hyacinth, poinsettias and not peonies? Learn the legends behind your favorite holiday plants.
When does the holiday season really start?
A truly "traditional" tree would be unrecognizable–and flammable.
The history behind a Yuletide institution.
An ageless story reminds us of the values the Victorians can still teach us.
"A Christmas Carol" remains the quintessential holiday story, but why?
Celebrating Christ's birth with saints of the faith during the actual Christmas season.
The origins of the candy cane.
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January 18, 1562: The counter-reformation Council of Trent reconvenes after a 10-year break caused by the revolt of Protestant princes against Emperor Charles V. During the break, all hope of reconciliation between Catholics and Protestants had vanished.

January 18, 1815: Konstantin von Tischendorf, the biblical critic known for discovering and deciphering the "Codex Sinaiticus" (a fifth-century manuscript of Paul's epistles), is born in Germany.

January 18, 1830: Baptism of Tauta'ahau Tupou. King ...

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