Even though the holidays are often a time of stress, they can also be a lot of fun. Families and friends often get together to celebrate, exchange gifts, and enjoy each other's company. Every family has its own set of traditions that make the holidays special for them. What are your favorite holiday traditions?

There are certain things that are expected during the holiday season – spending time with family, giving and receiving gifts, and taking part in festive traditions. But what most people don't know is that many of these traditions have unexpected origins. For example, did you know that the Christmas tree was originally brought to America by Germans?

If you're anything like us, at some point, you've probably wondered why exactly we do such weird things during holidays and how exactly all these traditions came into place. We decided it would be a good idea to dive into holiday traditions and figure out their origins. Here's what we found:

Decorating Christmas Trees CRACKED.COM The Christmas tree originated in Germany in the Middle Ages. A guild decorated a tree with apples and tinsel in 1419. Additionally, evergreen firs decorated with apples wre used to celebrate the feast day of Adam and Eve.

TIME

Wrapping Paper CRACKED COM Gift wrapping was first documented in ancient China. It was popularized in the U.S. when Hallmark founder J.C. Hall ran out of tissue paper and used envelope liner paper to wrap gifts, which inspired him to commercially market it.

NPR

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