124 Other Names for Santa Claus and Old Saint Nick from Around the World

Santa is someone who remains in children’s hearts forever. He’s the imaginary make-believe man who magically brings gifts and toys to kids at Christmas. To the “grown-ups”, Santa Claus is the wonderful idea of selfless giving and goodwill. Santa also has some other names too. Among them are Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, St. Nick, Pelznickel. […]

Boxing Day: a brief history

Last December, as I was planning where to eat lunch, an old acquaintance came to me with a puzzled look on her face. She showed me a flyer from a local English-themed pub advertising their celebrations for Boxing Day. There’s a community of English and Canadians in Oklahoma City, but it seemed December 26, Boxing […]

Mistletoe and Santa Claus

One of Santa’s favorite traditions around Christmas time—and surely a favorite tradition of men everywhere during Christmas —is that of mistletoe. When a man catches his wife or special someone under the mistletoe, he gets to plant a kiss on her. Of course, with all other Christmas traditions, this wonderful habit is almost as old […]

Christmas Myth Busters

Myth: The Wisemen Visited the Baby Jesus The imagery of the Magi is locked into the minds of most as being present at the time of Jesus’ birth. Bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myhrr we see them in nearly every Christmas movie depicting the Nativity as right there was Mary swaddles the Baby Jesus […]

History of A Charlie Brown Christmas

Some of the best characters of Christmas were developed from the real-life experiences of their creators. It was true of Dickens, whose Ghost of Christmas Present reflected his own enthusiasm for Christmas and his political views. And it was true of Charles Schulz, who put the Charlie in Charlie Brown. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in […]

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