Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that is unrelated to Christmas. Nevertheless, its founder, Dr. Maulana Karenga, a University of California at Los Angeles professor from Nigeria, placed the seven-day holiday between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
In past times, German folk beliefs alleged that evil spirits and witches accomplished many acts of mischief on Thursday nights during Advent. This belief may have faded, but the German Knocking Nights remain.
According to old European folklore, a variety of frightening figures lurk in the long, dark nights of the CHRISTMAS SEASON. They range from the ghostly personnel of the WILD HUNT to mysterious wanderers such as Berchta and FRAU GAUDE.
During the nineteenth century a kissing bough hung from the doorway, ceiling, or chandelier of many English homes at Christmas time. Families fashioned this homemade decoration by winding Christmas GREENERY around a circular wire frame.