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Christmas

Odin And Santa: The Norse God Delivered Gifts With An E...

December 9, 2019

Viking stele showing Odin's horse, Sleipnir. Pagan. From Tjangvide, Alskog, Gotland, Sweden. 9th century. Swedish History Museum. Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo by: ...

Saint Nicholas: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

December 6, 2019

Christmas party 1820 with St. Nicholas. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) "Saint Nicholas" is just one of the many names by which we call the jolly old elf who (allegedly) br...

Krampus: Full History Of The 2000s' Favorite Christmas ...

December 5, 2019

Now you've done it. You dropped the moral ball, and per tradition, Krampus will come for you on December 5. (Don't even pretend you don't know what you did.) Whi...

"Jingle Bells" Is A Thanksgiving Song: What?

December 1, 2019

As one of the best-loved songs of the Christmas season, "Jingle Bells" has become part of our holiday culture, but there is more to this catchy ditty than meets the ear. F...

Black Friday: History, Who Created It, And Why Do We Ha...

November 29, 2019

Black Friday shopping. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images) In recent decades, a new holiday tradition cropped up in the United States: Black Frid...

How Telling Ghost Stories Around A Fire Used To Be A Ch...

October 20, 2019

With the nights growing longer and a chill filling the air, is there a better way to stay warm than curling up around the hearth to tell a ghost story? Halloween...

Mark Carr, the First NYC Christmas Tree Seller, And a B...

December 22, 2016

In the mid-19th century, hardly any modern Christmas traditions existed. One that did was the Christmas tree, a pre-Christian ritual incorporated into holiday fes...