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On the 2nd Day of Christmas

Directed byJames Frawley
Produced byJohn Ryan
Written byBrian Hohlfeld
StarringMary Stuart Masterson Mark Ruffalo Lauren Pratt David Hewlett James Purcell
Music byDavid Bergeaud
CinematographyWilliam Wages
Edited byChip Masamitsu
Production companyABC Pictures Goldenring Productions
Distributed byLifetime Television
Release dateDecember 8, 1997 ( 1997-12-08 ) (U.S.)
Running time96 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Christmas, celebrated by most Christians on December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Americans, like many world peoples, have developed their own Christmas traditions and observances, and these have changed greatly over time. Today, most Americans blend religious and secular customs with their own family traditions, often incorporating food, decorations and rituals from places they or their ancestors once called home. Roast turkey and ham are popular for Christmas dinner throughout the country, but depending on the region, so are tamales, roast goose with red cabbage, crawfish jambalaya, roast pork or seven fish seafood salad. In the Southwest, luminarias lanterns made from brown paper bags weighted down with sand and illuminated by lit candles are displayed on Christmas Eve. Many Mexican Americans celebrate Las Posadas, procession that re-enacts Mary and Joseph searching for a place to bed down in Bethlehem. Swedish Americans hold. Lucia festivals, and in Puerto Rico there are parrandas, where friends go from one house to next singing traditional songs, surprising their friends and waking them with their music. Even though Christmas is for many Americans religious occasion, federal courts have upheld its status as a legal holiday. As one court reason, by giving federal employees pay vacation Day on Christmas, government is doing no more than recognizing the cultural significance of the holiday. To some extent, non-Christian holidays celebrated at roughly the same time of year as Christmas, most prominently African-American Kwanzaa and Jewish Hanukkah also blend into the broader holiday season. Early New England Puritans frown on boisterous Christmas celebrations. In 1659, Massachusetts colonists briefly criminalized observance of Day, and Christmas remained a regular workday in much of New England and Pennsylvania. Other parts of British North America, however, celebrate with gusto, with costumed revelers going door to door and receiving small gifts of food and drink. Modern, commercialized Christmas began to emerge in the 19th century with the new custom of purchasing gifts for young children. Seasonal Christmas shopping begin to assume economic importance. Other Christmas traditions similarly began during the 19th century. Santa Claus derives from Dutch Sinter Klaas and German Saint Nicholas assumes the persona of jolly dispenser of gifts and pilot of a reindeer-drawn sleigh through such works as the 1823 poem Visit from Saint Nicholas. Germany is credited with starting the tradition of Christmas trees in the 16 century. According to legend, Protestant reformer Martin Luther first added lit candles to tree to remind his children of wonders of God's creation. Christmas trees became popular in Britain and the United States in the 19th century. Today, many Americans purchase fresh evergreen trees or reusable aluminum and plastic models and decorate them with lights and ornaments.

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Plot

Small-time thieve 29-Year-Old Trish and her 6-Year-Old niece Patsy are at diner, planning their next heist. Patsy tells her Aunt Trish that it's wrong that they are pick-pocketing people, but Trish believes it's okay in some way, and tells her that they only steal from those who can afford it. Trish's former beau Mel comes to the diner to talk to Trish, being chased by two guys to whom he owes money. Trish and Patsy leave to go to Limbers department store. Patsy put on a blond wig and begin to pick-pocket Mr. Limber, owner of the store. They are caught by security guard Bert. Trish and Patsy are brought to the office of Limber and threatened with arrest. But since it is almost Christmas, it's late Friday, and Social Services is already close, Bert is to keep watch over them at his place, though he protests doing so. After Christmas, on December 26, he is to return them back to the office, when Patsy is to be given to a foster-family who can better look out for her interests and Trish is to face charges. As hours go by, Trish and Bert begin to develop attractions for each other. As Christmas is ruin for Trish and Patsy, Bert takes them to Maplewood for his family's holiday dinner, and then to Santa's Castle where Patsy confesses her bad deeds to Santa's head elf and wrote Santa a note, asking him to deliver her bicycle to Bert's apartment, where they've been staying. Very early in the morning on December 26, Bert rushes to Limbers to buy a bicycle, and Patsy is elate to find it delivered later that morn. But then Patsy is kidnapped by Mel, who wants to use her to pick-pocket at Limbers during the after-Christmas crowd's rush to return gifts. He is caught by Bert and everyone ends up back in the office where Social Services officials await them. But with Patsy's wish coming true, they get a second chance. Mel is hauled off to jail. Bert quit his job and proposed to Trish.

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2nd Christmas Day History

Second, Christmas Day is a time for socialising with friends and family. It is celebrated in Sweden on the day after Christmas. The themes and activities of the day are very similar to Christmas Day itself, although they may incorporate a wider network of people. The day also marks the start of bandy season; second most popular winter sport in the world. The game itself is similar to ice hockey and has been played in Sweden since 1895. The second Christmas Day is on December 26. Church services are held but not to the extent that they used to be, there are well wishing messages from public figures and public services, shops and public attractions will be operating at different hours.

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Christmas in Germany

Nicholas Day is a favorite holiday for German children. On the night of December 5, children clean and polish their boots and leave them outside the door before going to sleep. Next morning, they find their shoes filled with nuts, candy, and small gifts from Nicholas. He also makes appearance in shopping malls and childrens clubs. Though Santa Claus has also become popular in Germany, Nicholas is much more important than his American counterpart. Nicholas Day is also observed in a few other Western Christian countries, though the mode of celebration varies from country to country. The tradition of Advent wreaths was started by German Lutherans in the 16 century, and today wreath is still an icon of Christmas in Germany. The wreath consists of four candles in a bed of pine cones, berries, dry flowers and Christmas ornaments. Different families have different traditions when it comes to Adventskranz. Some will bring it out during the first week of December and burn one candle every Sunday in the lead up to Christmas. Others will display an Advent wreath on the last Sunday before Christmas and have the entire family sit around it, munching on Christmas delicacies, singing Christmas songs and watching Christmas movies. Grant, magic of Christmas markets has spread to many other countries and continents, but the origins of Christmas markets can be traced back to the German-speaking part of Europe in the Middle Ages. A few thousand Christmas markets are held all over Germany each year. Next time your heart warms at the sight of twinkling lights adorning an adorable Christmas market in your part of the world, remember that you have Germans to thank for it. Feuerzangenbowle is an immensely potent German Christmas beverage that is as much a feast for taste buds as for eyes. Rum with high alcohol level is added generously to mulled wine, and the concoction is set in flames. On that note, to spend Christmas Eve like German, watch the cult movie Die Feuerzangenbowle, which traces the hilarious deeds of a middle-age man under the influence of Feuerzangenbowle.

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Once Christmas Arrives

Mistletoe is commonly use Christmas decoration. By tradition, people who meet under hanging mistletoe are oblige to kiss. Mistletoe has Pagan associations. For example, druids of Gaul regard mistletoe growing on oak trees as sent from heaven. Other common decorations associated with Christmas are holly and ivy-both are associated with Pagan festivals as it is customary to decorate with greenery for these festivals. Images of Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, snowmen, reindeer, and candy canes are seen in cards, posters, signs and other print or marketing material associated with Christmas celebrations. Images of baby Jesus, Christmas star, and other symbols associated with the religious meaning of Christmas are also seen during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We diligently research and continuously update our holiday dates and information. If you find mistake, please let us know.

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The Baptism of Our Lord

We all know that Christmas officially begins on Christmas Eve, but when does Christmas officially end? The answer gets a bit complicate. On January 6, Feast of Epiphany, Church celebrates a biblical event where Magi, also called Three Wise Men or Three Kings, travel from the East to pay homage to the newborn King, Jesus Christ. Many believe that this is the date when Christmas season officially end, being the end of the traditional 12 Days of Christmas. However, according to the Roman Catholic liturgical Calendar, Ordinary Time doesn't officially begin until Monday after the Feast of Baptism of Lord, which falls on Sunday after Epiphany. This means that the Christmas season actually extends beyond the popular twelve Days of Christmas. In 2017 we have a unique situation. If Epiphany is transferred to Sunday that falls on January 7 or 8, then the Feast of Baptism of Jesus is celebrated on the following Monday instead of next Sunday. So, this year, Ordinary Time begins on Tuesday after Epiphany.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

You might already be getting tired of Christmas carols, but they have a long history. Here are twelve things to know about Christmas classic. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes cited on Wikipedia, earliest printed version of this poem that researchers know of dates back to 1780 and the book Mirth Without Mischief. In that version, it was a chant or poem that wasnt set to music. It was originally a kind of poem known as cumulative verse. This Christmas classic would be well-suit to being a chant or poem-its written in poetic form called cumulative verse, where each pattern verse contributes to a longer narrative. If you want another example, think of There Was Old Lady Who swallow Fly. Rhyme verse may have originated in dancing and singing-cumulative verse in recitation and instruction, write Lina Eckenstein in Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes. Some believe that it was created to teach Catholic children catechism in a coded way-but it probably wasn't This structure, along with other facets of song, has caused some to believe that rhyme was a way for British Catholics to subversively teach Catholic children catechism, because their religion was controversial in 1700s England. However, write David Mikkelson for Snopes, this theory only appeared in the 1990s and isnt supported by any documentary evidence-meaning it is deeply unlikely this link authentically exist. Furthermore, Mikkelson writes, There was absolutely no reason why any Catholic would have to hide his knowledge of any of the concepts supposedly symbolized in Twelve Days of Christmas, because these were basic articles of Faith common to all denominations of Christianity. These tenets weren't directly linked to any celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas, which actually begin on December 25 and end on Twelfth Day, January 5, also know as the Feast of Epiphany. Poem is, in some form, likely much older than 1780, like the Twelve-Day celebration of Christmas itself, write Tanya Pai for Vox, 12 Days of Christmas likely has roots that well predate 1780. It may have been French in origin, she write. This theory is backed up by the fact that other poems about Twelve Days of Christmas do exist, such as the Scottish poem Yule Days. This poem includes the King sending his Lady, partridges, Geese, ducks, Swans, list goes on-just like an English poem. Although the exact origins of the song are unknown, it is highly probable that it began as memory and forfeit game for Twelfth Night celebrations, which would have been said and not sung, write authors Mark Lawson-Jones and Dominic Walker. Players gather in a circle and the leader would recite a verse and each would repeat it, leader would add another verse, and speak faster, and so on until a mistake was made by one of the players, who would then drop out of the game. The last player standing was the winner.

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German Christmas traditions

From its Puritan roots to complaints of rampant commercialism, Christmas in America has been filled with traditions, old and new. According to a Pew Research Center survey, nine in 10 Americans say they celebrate holiday, and while it is true that many Christmas traditions date back to 16-century Germany or even ancient Greek Times, others have caught on in modern times. Here look at 25 ways Americans have celebrated the Christmas season, from singing songs and reciting poems to decorating Trees and swapping cookies to guzzling Eggnog and wearing Ugly Sweaters. Christmas Trees-decorate Trees date back to Germany in the Middle Ages, with German and other European settlers popularizing Christmas Trees in America in the early 19th century. A New York woodsman named Mark Carr is credited with opening the first US Christmas Tree lot in 1851. A 2019 survey by American Christmas Tree Association, predict that 77 percent of US households would display a Christmas Tree in their home. Among those trees on display, estimate 81 percent were artificial and 19 percent were real. Rockettes-Since 1925, first known as Missouri Rockets, this iconic dance troupe has been kicking up its heels, officially becoming Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in 1934. From performing at movie openings to entertaining troops to making TV appearances, theyre perhaps best-know for their annual Christmas Spectacular. Charlie Brown Christmas-Decades later, it may be hard to imagine that this beloved TV special inspired by Charles Schulzs Peanuts comic strip was first rejected by CBS executives. But when it finally aired on December 9 1965, almost half of all US TV sets were tuned to broadcast, and the show went on to win an Emmy, Peabody, enduring following and even the trend of Charlie Brown Christmas Trees. I never thought it was such a bad little Tree, Linus said in special. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just need little love. Christmas Pickle-If there is Pickle among your snowman, angel and reindeer ornaments, youre likely taking part in the American tradition of hiding green ornament on tree, so that the first child to find it win gift, or get to open the first present on Christmas morning. Practices origins are a bit murky, but, it is likely grow from Woolworths marketing gimmick from the late 1800s, when retailers received imported German ornaments shaped like Pickle and needed sales pitch. Elf on Shelf-Love it or loathe it, Since 2005, moms and dads have either joyously or begrudgingly been hiding toy Elf each night from Thanksgiving to Christmas. More than 13 million Elves have been adopted since 2005 when Carol Aebersold and her daughter, Chanda Bell, published the Book Elf on Shelf: Christmas Tradition that Come With toy. Social media has even inspired some parents to set up elaborate scenarios for their elvesas, in: He TPd Tree! She fills the sink with marshmallows!


Advent

Germans actually begin celebrating Christmas four Sundays before Christmas Day. The first of these Sundays is called Advent. On Advent, steal is eat, usually in great quantities. Stollen is the oldest documented food created specifically to eat on Christmas in Germany. It is a cake that is filled with chopped fruit, nuts, and spices, and usually sprinkled with powdered sugar. Lebkuchen is also eaten on Advent and during the rest of the Christmas season. It is kind of like gingerbread, and contains honey, spices, and nuts; it can be made hard or soft and served with or without icing. If you buy your Lebkuchen at a fair or street market, it may also have holiday messages written on it in the icing. Other signs and celebrations of Advent include making gingerbread houses, putting up nativity scenes, and decorating with wooden nutcrackers and Christmas pyramids.

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Background

The original meaning of Christmas is special Church service, or mass, to celebrate the birth of Christ. The story of the Nativity, or events surrounding the birth of Jesus, are particularly important in religious celebrations of Christmas. However, many traditions that are around today have their roots in pre-Christian winter festivals. These include the importance of candles and decorations made from evergreen bushes and tree, symbolizing everlasting light and life. In Roman times, mid-winter festival was hold. This was a relaxing time with a lot of parties and merry making. It was also common to give other people small gifts, such as dolls for children and candles for adults. This festival culminates with the celebration of the winter solstice, which fell on December 25 in the Roman calendar. In Scandinavia, festival called Yule and lasting up to twelve days was held in late December and early January. During this time, people burn logs and hold parties. These customs have influenced how Christmas Day is celebrated today in the United States. The Bible does not give a precise date for the birth of Jesus. It is also unclear when December 25 become associated with the birth of Jesus, although it may have been around two hundred years after his birth. In the early centuries of Christianity, anniversary of the birth of Jesus was not cause for celebrations. The idea of turning this day into a celebration started in the early Middle Ages in Europe. During the Reformation and up until the middle of 1800s, Christmas was often not celebrated because partying and merry making was seen as unchristian. From about 1840, celebrating Christmas became more widespread. December 25 was declared a federal holiday in the United States in 1870. Since then, Christmas Day has become steadily more important holiday.

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How Did Christmas Start?

None of the contemporary Christmas customs have their origin in theological or liturgical affirmations, and most are of fairly recent date. Renaissance humanist Sebastian Brant record, in Das Narrenschiff, custom of placing branches of fir trees in houses. Even though there is some uncertainty about the precise date and origin of the tradition of Christmas tree, it appears that fir trees decorated with apples were first known in Strasbourg in 1605. The first use of candles on such trees is recorded by Silesian duchess in 1611. Advent wreathmade of fir branches, with four candles denoting four Sundays of Advent seasonis of even more recent origin, especially in North America. The custom, which began in the 19th century but had roots in 16, originally involved first wreath with 24 candles, but the awkwardness of having so many candles on the wreath reduced the number to four. An analogous custom is the Advent calendar, which provides 24 openings, one to be open each day beginning December 1. According to tradition, calendar was created in the 19th century by a Munich housewife who was tired of having to answer endlessly when Christmas would come. The first commercial calendars were printed in Germany in 1851. Intense preparation for Christmas that is part of the commercialization of the holiday has blurred the traditional liturgical distinction between Advent and Christmas season, as can be seen by the placement of Christmas trees in sanctuaries well before December 25. Toward end of 18 century, the practice of giving gifts to family members became well establish. Theologically, feast day reminds Christians of God's gift of Jesus to humankind, even as the coming of Wise Men, or Magi, to Bethlehem suggests that Christmas was somehow related to giving gifts. The practice of giving gifts, which goes back to 15 century, contributes to the view that Christmas was a secular holiday focused on family and friends. This was one reason why Puritans in Old and New England opposed celebration of Christmas and in both England and America succeeded in banning its observance. The tradition of celebrating Christmas as a secular family holiday is splendidly illustrated by the number of English Christmas carols such as Here We Come-Wassailing or Deck Halls. It can also be seen in the practice of sending Christmas cards, which began in England in the 19th century. Moreover, in countries such as Austria and Germany, connection between Christian festival and family holiday is made by identifying Christ Child as giver of gifts to family. In some European countries,. Nicholas appears on his feast day bringing modest gifts of candy and other gifts to children. In North America, the pre-Christmas role of Christian saint Nicholas was transform, under the influence of the poem Visit from. Nicholas, into the increasingly central role of Santa Claus as source of Christmas gifts for family.

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