Santa Claus is the victim of the world’s longest-running game of Chinese whispers: from a generous Greek bishop to the portly red man in a sleigh, Santa has gone through more changes than any single figure in history. Here is how the famed bringer of gifts evolved through the ages.
Santa’s famous roster of reindeer is often a point of dispute: over the years, people have disagreed over what the reindeer are called, how many of them there are, what they could do, and even what gender they are. These disputes are rooted in the rich literary history that defined Santa over the centuries.
Finally, the relay baton of life has reached you: first it was your parents’ parents, then it was your parents, and now it is you who must bear the responsibility of procuring a tree to stand in your living room this Christmas. But what is the best kind of tree to buy? When should you buy it? Most importantly, where should you even look for one?
The Elf on the Shelf is a relatively new tradition, brought to life in a 2004 book of the same name. While some criticise it as strange, this has not prevented people from having fun with the concept during the countdown to Christmas. Here are ten ways in which you can use Santa’s scout elves to liven up your Christmas decor.
Trailing just behind New Year’s Eve in excessive drinking and leading the year in excessive eating, Christmas is hardly a healthy holiday. However, the unhealthy effects of Christmas are easily avoidable, so long as you commit to following certain guidelines during the fateful day. Here are some guidelines you may find useful