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In the countryside of eighth century Germany, an English bishop named Winfrid – later known as St. Boniface – surprised a group of young men making a human sacrifice under an oak tree.A Levantine tradition, the Adonis gardens were grown in small pots by sprouting seeds that sprung up bright and green, only to die again.Adonis would be allowed to live in the hills of Byblos for six months each year during spring and summer, but would then return to the underworld during fall and winter.Levantine celebrations held to mark the birth of Christ may, therefore, have melded with long-practiced rituals like the Adonis gardens, which were used to celebrate life. Similarly, a traditional spiced pudding made on the occasion of the birth of a baby also became a Christmas tradition. The tradition of exchanging gifts, Fahed said, is rooted in Christian narratives.Although festive practices have, in many ways, shifted away from the spiritual essence of the feast, Fahed still believes that Christmas occupies a special place in the hearts of many.This is yet more proof of what Fahed called the true "magic of Christmas".
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