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
How many of us have a foot a foot long ?
What are the origins of some of the measurements we use today.
Coca Cola is a ubiquitous and iconic symbol of the U.S. but when & who came up with it?
There are 2 basic categories of beer : Lagers and Ales. But what is it that makes them so different ?
Spectacles … fashion item and indispensable ‘modern’ aid … but they’re far older than you think. Here we look at the origins of specs.
I’ve always been interested in flags. Fascinated in how they embody identity, nationality, pride, a sense of belonging. People can love them, hate them and even die for them. I like to collect the flags of the numerous countries that I’ve visited. Here are a few and their origins and symbolisms… Australia The Australian flag has a dark royal blue base with a depiction of the British Union Jack in the upper left...
How to start a fire without the use of matches.
… “things eveyone used to know how to do.”
The origins of a selection of some popular English expressions and sayings.
Easter is a moveable feast, which means that it does not occur on the same date every year. But how is it calculated ?