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25 Days of Christmas

Christmas is considered to be the most wonderful time of the year. But was it always? Walk with the ghosts of Christmas past through the history of early traditions from 274 AD with Saturnalia, Yule, Mithra, the tradition of Francis of Assisi, the feast of St. Nicholas, Santa Clause, Krampus, and beyond. We’re celebrating the spirit of the holiday, and you’re cordially invited.

The Legend of Krampus

Every year at the end of December, children everywhere prepare themselves for the arrival of Old St. Nick. Most children...

The Dark Lore of Mistletoe

It wouldn't be the holiday season without the appearance of some of our favorite yuletide flora. Mistletoe is one of the...

Christmas Ghost Story: The Old Nurse’s Story

The end of Halloween may signal the start of the holiday season for some, but the spooky season never ends for those of ...

The Dark History of The Nutcracker

Some Christmas traditions are timeless. Matching pajamas for the family. Gathering to watch the annual Christmas parade....

Dark Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Staples

As the Christmas trees go up and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation takes over our TVs, the annual holiday traditio...

Wartime During Christmas

A frostbitten calm falls upon the land. Peace comes to all via vast feasts and celebrations. Everything seems serenely p...

George Washington Crosses The Delaware

“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” We all k...

True Story Behind A Christmas Carol

Everybody knows the tale of Ebenezer Scrouge. Tiny Tim, the Cratchit family, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present, ...

The Story Behind Christmas Stockings

Hung delicately across every mantle, of every fireplace, in every home, during every Christmas, tiny, brightly and ornat...

How Yule Became Christmas

Before there was Christmas, there was Yule. Yule refers to a midwinter festival celebrated during the time of the Winter...

The Origins of Christmas

Santa Claus, Polar Bears, Coca-Cola, Christmas wasn’t always this way. In a time before the advent of Capitalism, Chri...

Seven Medieval Christmas Traditions

“Christe Maesse,” the Festival of Christ. A season of celebration; the birth of the Christian savior Jesus Christ is...
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