Pope Francis visits the traditional Crib in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on New Year's Eve

Pope Francis visits the traditional Crib in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on New Year's Eve

Pom Pom Christmas Tree. Discover thoughtful, personal and wonderfully unique Christmas decorations at notonthehighstreet.com. As seen at Stylist Live.

Pom Pom Christmas Tree

Pom Pom Christmas Tree. Discover thoughtful, personal and wonderfully unique Christmas decorations at notonthehighstreet.com. As seen at Stylist Live.

Pajaki - The literal translation is "spiders of straw". Located 90 kilometers from Warsaw the town of Lowicz and surrounding villages comprise the center of what many consider to be Poland's most colorful folk region. A typical village house from this area was full of colored flower paintings, fancy paper cut-outs and mobiles made of straw and colored paper and yarn.

Pajaki - The literal translation is "spiders of straw". Located 90 kilometers from Warsaw the town of Lowicz and surrounding villages comprise the center of what many consider to be Poland's most colorful folk region. A typical village house from this area was full of colored flower paintings, fancy paper cut-outs and mobiles made of straw and colored paper and yarn.

Hitler at Christmas | "We cannot accept that a German Christmas tree has anything to do with a crib in a manger in Bethlehem.” Hitler despised celebration of Christmas, and tried shifting the Christian tradition gradually into a pagan holiday. But he did compromise. With the war at its height, the focus would shift to more practical matters. Rather than trying to dissuade Germans from celebrating Christmas, the Reich instead encouraged them to send cards and care packages to the troops.

Hitler at Christmas | "We cannot accept that a German Christmas tree has anything to do with a crib in a manger in Bethlehem.” Hitler despised celebration of Christmas, and tried shifting the Christian tradition gradually into a pagan holiday. But he did compromise. With the war at its height, the focus would shift to more practical matters. Rather than trying to dissuade Germans from celebrating Christmas, the Reich instead encouraged them to send cards and care packages to the troops.

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