The Strange Origins of 10 Christmas Traditions – Indyposted

Why do we kiss underneath the mistletoe? Why do we hang stockings or put up a Christmas tree? Every year people take part in various Christmas traditions, without really knowing what they are doing, or why they are doing it. These traditions have been around for centuries, and come from all over the world. From a German Bishop in the fourth century, to a kid’s coloring book salesman in Chicago.

Hundreds of cultures have contributed to complicated story of Christmas. Here are the strange origins of some of the most popular Christmas traditions.