[quote="PaulineOsinachi, post:1, topic:178764"]
I was searching for explanations of the origins of the different christmas traditions; christmas tree, Santa Claus, christmas carols, christmas crib etc. I googled it but the sites i got were obviously not christain with different explanations that dont seem right to me. Please can anyone direct me to a christian site (prefarably Catholic) that explains these things.
P.S. I need it for a presentation i'm doing Wednesday evening
The New Advent Catholic Encyclopaedia is always a good place to start!
Some Christmas traditions are discussed briefly towards the end of this article, including the Crib which was invented by St Francis of Assisi...
Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas of Myra. Santa - as in "Saint", and Claus - as in "Klaus", the shortened form of "Nicholas" in German!
The Christmas tree was supposedly "invented" by Saint Boniface. He saw some pagans worshipping an oak tree - he cut it down and caused a fir tree to spring up in its place. Of course evergreen plants are very symbolic in the Christian faith. This page has a piece about this.
I hope these help you somewhat. By the way, do you need to give a long presentation, or is it directed at children? If you need a very detailed presentation, then I doubt what I have given you will suffice!