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Christmas Trees and Maypoles

are remnants of the Scandinavian Ash, called Yggdrăsilʹ, the Tree of Time, whose roots penetrate to heaven, Niffheim and Ginnungagap (the gap of gaps). In Ginnungagap the frost giants dwell, in Niffheim is the great serpent Nidhögg; and under this root is Helheim, the home of the dead.

We are told that the ancient Egyptians, at the Winter Solstice, used a palm branch containing twelve leaves or shoots to symbolise the “completion of the year.” The modern custom comes from Germany.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Christendom [Kris-en-dum]
Christian [ch = k]
Christian Traditions
Christiana [ch = k]
Christmas (Kristmas)
Christmas
Christmas Box
Christmas Carols
Christmas Day
Christmas Decorations
Christmas Trees and Maypoles
Christolytes [Kris-to-lites]
Christopher (St.)
Chronicle Small Beer (To)
Chronicon ex Chronicis
Chronon-hoton-thologos [ch = k]
Chrysalis [ch = k]
Chrysaor [ch = k]
Chrysippus
Chubb (Thomas)
Chuck Full