Christmas Essay: I'll Always Have Paris By Linda Benjamin • Aug 1, 2014 flickr, spacejulien I went to France for Christmas this year. My son and his petite amie (girlfriend in French) live in Normandy. I had been taking French lessons at L'Alliance Francaise of Milwaukee, but I was terrified to actually speak to a French person in France. 5 Christmas Traditions with Centuries-Old Origins By Eleanor Peterson & Stephanie Lecci • Dec 6, 2013 Steve Wilson, flickr We take for granted that Santa Claus and Christmas trees are symbols of the Christmas season, but there are other traditions with lesser known origins. What exactly is a sugar plum? How, in fact, do you go "a-wassailing?"