There’s a Mens Gift For Fathers Day Tee This Is My Official Grandfather T Shirt of tradition of going out for Chinese food on or around Christmas in the US. So far as I can tell, this largely originates from large cities and in particular from Jews living in New York. Consider the cultural landscape of the earlier part of the 20th century. Jews, of course, do not celebrate Christmas, so they’d be more likely than the Christian majority to go out to eat then, as opposed to their celebrating neighbors who are likely at home with family, roasting their own turkeys and such. And where do they go on Christmas? Well, most restaurants are going to be closed, because their predominantly Christian proprietors and employees are also at home. The major exception, then, was Chinese restaurants. The immigrants running those places were less likely than average to be Christian, so they had no cultural tradition of shutting down on or around December 25. So if you’re a Jewish New Yorker who wants to go out for dinner on Christmas, it’s Chinese food or nothing. This practice may have been popularized in particular by Calvin Trillin, the noted food columnist for the New York Times. He was himself Jewish and wrote a marvelous column about his wife wanting a “traditional holiday dinner.” What she was talking about was the idea, coming in from outside their cultural world, of turkey, mashed potatoes, and so on, but to Trillin, his traditional holiday dinner was going out for Chinese.
The English term Christmas (Old English, Cristes maesse) is actually of Mens Gift For Fathers Day Tee This Is My Official Grandfather T Shirt recent origin: the feast day only began to be widely celebrated with a specific liturgy (the Cristes maesse) in the 9th century. The earlier term Yule, from the Germanic jōl or the Anglo-Saxon geōl, referred to the feast of the winter solstice, and made no mention of Christian church liturgy or practices. On Christmas Day, the Church traditionally celebrated three Masses. The first of these took place at midnight and celebrated of the actual birth of Christ. None of the contemporary Christmas customs have their origin in these liturgical affirmation (or masses), and most are of a much more recent date. The exchange of gifts originally took place in the early hours of the 25th when people returned home from the first, midnight mass. When it became customary to open gifts later in the day, the times of many church services were altered – another example of how far from the idea of the liturgical ‘Cristes maesse’ the holiday has come.
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Midwinter celebrations are nothing new – and certainly not originally Christian! It’s no coincidence that the Christian festival of Christmas falls close to the midwinter solstice. People of Mens Gift For Fathers Day Tee This Is My Official Grandfather T Shirt and religions have been feasting at this time of year for thousands of years. In Britain, the earliest pre-Saxon midwinter solstice was represented by the Holly King: a pagan figure who for-shadowed the coming of spring. He would wear a long, green hooded cloak and a wreath of holly, ivy or mistletoe: In Early British mythology the Oak King and the Holly King were twins, pitted against each other in a never-ending fight for supremacy. Every year at the Winter and Summer solstices, the kings would fight for dominance: in midwinter the Oak King won, and at Mid-summer the Holly King was the victor. Despite being enemies, without one, the other would no longer exist. Yule, meanwhile, is another ancient Pagan festival, historically observed by the Germanic peoples. The season was originally connected with the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the Mōdraniht, or ‘Night of the Mothers’ celebrated by the by Pagan Anglo-Saxons. With the end of the longest night the dark is defeated with the Return of the Sun, the return of light, hope and promise. The Goddess gives birth to the Sun/Sun God. When Britain was settled by the Saxons and other Germanic tribes in the fifth and sixth centuries CE, the earlier Holly King took on the characteristics of the Saxon Father Time, also known as King Frost or King Winter.
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