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The History of 10 Favorite Christmas Traditions

No Christmas celebration feels complete without a decorated tree, delicious cookies, and a rousing round of carols—probably because those traditions began hundreds of years ago.

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Why we hang stockings

You can thank Ol’ Saint Nick for those treats in your Christmas stocking. According to legend, St. Nicholas heard about a widower who was worried his three daughters would never marry because they were so poor. He found out where the family lived and snuck down their chimney that night. He saw the girls’ socks drying over the fireplace, filled them with gold coins, and disappeared. When the girls got up the next morning, they realized they finally had dowries to get married. Read on for more fun facts you never knew about the holiday season. While you're at it, gaze at these adorable dogs with Christmas spirit.

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