Myth: Santa Claus is NOT Real

School children the world over lament the revelation that Santa Claus is not real. It happens earlier for some than it does for others. Usually it is a schoolmate who breaks the bad news that breaks hearts. But here’s the…

Myth: Christmas Wasn’t Celebrated in America Before 1800

  The broad assumption of many people is that Christmas wasn’t celebrated in America prior to 1800. They often cite the work of Washington Irving as evidence that St. Nicholas didn’t make his splash in New York until after Irving’s…

Myths: “All Christians Celebrate Christmas”

  Nops ,it is not at all true. Jehovah Witnesses famously do not celebrate Christmas. But they are just one of many in a long line of Christians shunning Christmas. Christmas has been banned in the name of religion for…

The True Story of Santa Claus

By Jeff Westover                   Santa Claus is real. And this is his true story. Born nearly 2000 years ago, not too long after the days that Jesus Christ walked the earth, Nicholas was…

History, Legend and Myth of Candy Canes

Candy canes are entrenched as an element of the Christmas season. How this came about seems to be a matter that is part truth, part legend, and part marketing myth. In fact, every couple of years controversy swells about the…

History of Tracking Santa Claus

Some would call the tracking of Santa a fairly recent phenomenon. After all, you need technology to follow the Big Guy. The truth is that Santa has been anticipated and tracked for centuries. Ancient stories of La Befana (Italy), Baboushka…

Origins of Christmas in July

The modern image of Christmas is locked in as a season covered in snow, ice and frosty images of evergreens. Ironically, the actual setting for Christmas should take place in the dry desert heat. Christ, after all, was not born…

The Meaning of X in Christmas

Origins of the word “Christmas” date back centuries, when Latin was the official language of the Roman Church. Christmas was called “Dies Natalis Domini”, meaning “Birthday of the Lord”. More formally, Christmas was known as “Festum Natavitatis Domini Jesu Christi”…

The History of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Robert L. May was a copyrighter for Montgomery Wards department store. In 1939 he was assigned the task of creating a giveaway — a book, a story, a poem, something— that Wards could use in marketing Christmas 1939. His efforts led…

The History of the American Christmas Tree as a Symbol of Freedom

The story of Christmas trees in America usually takes us down the path of Hessian soldiers who showcased Christmas trees to George Washington’s troops during his famous Christmas trek across the Delaware. Historians explain that Christmas trees found their popularity…