Cutting a Christmas tree has been a tradition every year since the kids where little. This year schedules where so busy that they went and got a tree from the lions club. The tree is still real and still hand picked , but there was no trip out town & no cutting AND this year it might fit in the house without additional cutting.
Twelve days of December are past & twelve more til' Christmas. I guess that makes today a sort of a 'holiday hump day'.
Today is also St. Lucia's Day a popular celebration in part of Europe. The idea of a visit via chimney was most likely borrowed from this celebration. St. Lucia didn't just come down the chimney, but also took the naughty children up the chimney to face their punishment.
I've been reading a book about old Christmas celebrations and the elements that came from older traditions. I'm really enjoying the book and maybe next year I can do a series of posts about more of the old traditions. Maybe.