Christmas Cards
Dec23

Christmas Cards

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.

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The Winter Solstice
Dec20

The Winter Solstice

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...

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Who is Father Christmas ?
Dec13

Who is Father Christmas ?

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 ?

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Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions
Dec09

Origin of Some British Christmas Traditions

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 ?

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Krampus – The ‘Anti-Santa Claus’
Dec06

Krampus – The ‘Anti-Santa Claus’

Meet a new and disturbing character to add to the pantheon of Christmas mythical beings … Krampus!

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Sinterklaas – A very Dutch tradition
Dec02

Sinterklaas – A very Dutch tradition

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 !

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Thanksgiving – An American Tradition
Nov25

Thanksgiving – An American Tradition

Thanksgiving is a traditional feature of North American life. We explain the history and origins

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Budloe Night – Guernsey Bonfire Night
Nov04

Budloe Night – Guernsey Bonfire Night

Budloe Night in Guernsey is also Bonfire Night. They’re seen as the same now, but were they originally ?

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Remember Remember the 5th of November
Nov01

Remember Remember the 5th of November

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot….. what lies behind this quintessentially British event ?

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