Christmas is probably the time of year when, certainly in the West, there is an overwhelming plethora of traditions and practices that each culture likes to embrace. Many are similar but there is also a huge range of completely different ones.
It may surprise you to know that Rudolph the red nosed reindeer is not all that he seems. Here we discuss the origins of the most mercurial of all Santa’s reindeer.
The innocuous mistletoe plant, now used to cop a cheap kiss or two, was once considered to be a sacred plant by the ancient Druids. But how did this Christmas tradition come about ?
Answers to some of the amusing questions and fluff we muse on from time to time. What does the D in D-day stand for? Why are portholes round? … amongst other questions.
Why not try a new really scrummy winter treat from the ‘Dutch Masters’ … Olliebollen – Delicious Dutch traditional winter fayre.
Christmas cards are a tradition that we don’t probably give a second thought to. But there was a time when no one sent them. Here’s some details on their origins.
REASON FOR THE SOLSTICE In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth’s equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 20 or...
Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Sinterklass … whatever you call him he has a rich set of folklore and traditions surrounding him. But are they even the same person ?
We have a lot of traditions surrounding a good British Christmas which enjoy but never really question. But where did some of them originate from ?
Meet a new and disturbing character to add to the pantheon of Christmas mythical beings … Krampus!
Sinterklaas is quintessentially Dutch. You might be tempted to think he’s just a Dutch version of Santa Claus … but he’s definitely not. He doesn’t even live at the North Pole !
Thanksgiving is a traditional feature of North American life. We explain the history and origins
Budloe Night in Guernsey is also Bonfire Night. They’re seen as the same now, but were they originally ?