The legends of Christmas are more than just amusing and entertaining; they either convey a strong message or teach us an important lesson of life. Both ways, they tell us about certain simple yet significant values of life. Children especially, are immensely benefitted through these tales. The fun and entertaining parts are capable of grabbing the attention of the children, thereby conferring upon them the ethics or morals which these legends hold.
Almost every Christmas tradition has a legend behind it. In fact, it will not be wrong to say that most of the legends have become traditions. Christmas tree, for instance, is often associated with the legend of thunder oak. The story narrates how the evergreen fir tree replaced the thunder oak (Thor's Tree) and was chosen as Christmas tree. The legend of Santa Claus is perhaps the most popular of all the legends. Every child awaits the arrival of Santa on Christmas, with much eagerness. In some places, children hang their stockings and in others, gifts are inconspicuously placed beneath the Christmas tree. Santa Claus's origin has often been associated with Saint Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra in the 4th century. With so many traditions related with Christmas, there is bound to be a large number of legends as well. To observe all the traditions religiously is important, but more important is to understand the principles on which they are constructed, which is their very purpose.
Christmas legends help us connect with the past of Christianity. Many myths and stories have come into being ever since the birth of Jesus. Read through the article to know more.