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Re: OT Christmas tree/ traditions

Noreen, a friend wrote a book about how holidays are celebrated around the world, and it was a very big seller, apparently, because she made a LOT of money from it. Her name is Lavinia Dobler. That book doesn't appear to be expensive at Amazon.com. Maybe you could surprise your Mother. Margaret L

>Well, David, I'm not an authority by any means. My mom and I are VERY much
>into cultures and traditions of some parts of Europe as a hobby. From our
>studies we found that very much comes from the early pagan beliefs, symbols,
>etc. the meanings of which are similar throughout the world.......these
>traditions, customs, designs were already in use, so when the monks, etc.
>were converting the people to Christianity, they used these things already in
>use to get the people to understand Christianity better. It was impossible
>to try to change every aspect of their lives, including changing their belief
>system, so by incorporating christian doctrine into their everyday life
>...they were more easily accepted and understood.
>zone 9
>Texas Gulf Coast
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