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The fascinating history behind 11 common Christmas traditions

INSIDER Logo By Madeline Diamond of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 12: 
  
    
      Christmas
    is a holiday full of traditions.
  
  
    From using an advent calendar to eating fruitcake,
    these traditions have origins all over the world.
  
  
    Many of today's most popular Christmas traditions date
    back to ancient times. 
  

  From counting down the days of December with an advent calendar
  to 
  decking out a tree in decorations and lights, 
  Christmas is a holiday that's full of traditions. 

  While Christmas means something different for everyone who
  celebrates, many classic
  holiday traditions are shared all over the world. Since many
  traditions date all the way back to ancient times, Christmas
  today wouldn't be the same without the history that made the
  holiday what it is.

  Keep reading for the origins of 11 common Christmas traditions.


From counting down the days of December with an advent calendar to decking out a tree in decorations and lights, Christmas is a holiday that's full of traditions.

While Christmas means something different for everyone who celebrates, many classic holiday traditions are shared all over the world. Since many traditions date all the way back to ancient times, Christmas today wouldn't be the same without the history that made the holiday what it is.

Keep reading for the origins of 11 common Christmas traditions.

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