Christians celebrate Christmas to observe the birth of Jesus Christ, which is an event and not a tradition. But many other

Poinsettias are another traditional decorative flower used at Christmas. It is native to Mexico and is named after Joel

Poinsett, who was the first U.S ambassador to Mexico and who brought the plants to America in 1828. Mexicans believe the plants

were a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem and that's one reason they are associated with Christmas. There's also the story that a young

boy was going to see the Nativity Play at a church but realized he didn't have a gift for Baby Jesus. The boy gathered some green

branches, which others scoffed at. But as he placed them near the manger, a bright red poinsettia flower started to bloom on each

branch, which gave rise to their traditional use at Christmas.

Candy canes became a Christmas tradition not because their red and white stripes matched the colors of the season, but for

the most unusual reason of discipline. that's because they were first used as treats that were give to German children to keep them

well-behaved for the duration of church sermons. Over time, the legend of candy canes at Christmas came to be associated with some

of the strongest symbols and beliefs of Christianity: the Father, Son and Holy Ghost known as the Trinity, the Blood of the Son of

God, Jesus as the embodiment of holiness, purity and without sin and the Son of God as the shepherd of man. The candy cane

represents these symbols respectively with its three stripes, its red and white color and its shape.

Sending greeting cards during Christmas and the holidays is as prevalent today as the custom of giving gifts. The tradition

of sending Christmas cards started in 1840 in Britain with the start of public postal delivery service of the 'Penny Post.' Then from

about 1860, large numbers of Christmas greeting cards started to be produced. The popularity of the cards increased in Britain when

they could be sent by the postal service for one half-penny, which was half the price to post a standard letter at the time, if they were

in an unsealed envelope. Religious pictures of Mary, Joseph , Baby Jesus, the angels, shepherds and Wise Men were traditionally

placed on Christmas cards. Some cards today include scenes from the Nativity, but pictures of Santa Claus, winter scenery, Christmas

trees, gift packages and others are also depicted on contemporary Christmas greeting cards.

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