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Bob Dylan Reads “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”

His Jewish heritage might make it seem like he's not the most Christmassy of types, but singer-songwriter Bob Dylan still likes to embrace the holiday season...

Why Does Rudolph Have A Red Nose?

While Santa's sleigh has always been pulled by reindeer, it wasn't until 1939 that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer joined the team. But while Rudolph's bright red...

Christmas Around the World – Italy

Christmas in Italy is a largely Catholic celebration, with much made of the feast days in both the run up to Christmas and after...

Krampus – Central Europe’s Christmas Demon

Although bold children in some parts of the world are afraid of what Santa might bring, at least they don't have to deal with...

Christmas Around the World – Poland

As a predominantly Catholic country, Christmas is celebrated widely in Poland. Advent marks the beginning of the festive season, and people try to be peaceful and not have too much of things,...

The Caganer – Catalonia’s Naughty Nativity Figure

As seen in the our 'Christmas Around the World' series, the world is full of varying Christmas traditions. While traditions are often carried from place to place as generations...

How St. Nicholas Became Santa Clause

December 6th marks St. Nicholas' Day – the feast of the saint who we all know and love as Santa Clause. St. Nicholas' Day...

Christmas Around the World – Canada

Canada is a vast country with people of many different cultural backgrounds, and there are lots of different Christmas traditions there. Indeed, many of the traditions and...

Get inspired with these tree-mendous Christmas conifers

It's now less than three weeks until Christmas Day, which means you can probably stop worrying about whether it's too soon to stick your favourite piece of...

Was the Star of Bethlehem a real astronomical event?

The Star of Bethlehem appears just once in the Bible, in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, yet is now synonymous with the...
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