Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan followers didn’t approve of Christmas. Oliver and Co. didn’t approve of a lot of things, but they REALLY didn’t like Christmas. All that fun and frivolity was sure to lead people into sin, and they couldn’t have that. They felt that celebrating Christ’s birth with twelve days of merriment (as […]


Most children who celebrate Christmas expect to receive toys, and those not bestowed by the various incarnations of Father Christmas generally come from toy shops. The oldest one still going is Hamleys, which first opened its doors as “Noah’s Ark” in London England in 1770. Hamleys now has branches in several countries, and since Britain’s […]

December’s festive and historic viewing suggestions: Almost Angels (Disney, 1962) Babes In Toyland (Disney, 1961) Bachelor Mother (1939) The Bishop’s Wife (1947) The Christmas Storykeepers (Animated, 1998) Holiday Inn (1942) The Little Drummer Boy (Animated, 1968) Mickey’s Christmas Carol (Animated, Disney, 1983) The Christmas Candle (2013) The Christmas Tree (1996) The Lemon Drop Kid (1951) […]

Here are some festive and historic December book suggestions. Ages 3-7 Christmas Trolls by Jan Brett The Christmas Miracle Of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski (19th Century) The Christmas Wish by Lori Evert Hanuka, Oh Hanuka by Olga & Aleksy Ivanov Plum Pudding For Christmas by Virginia Kahl (Medieval) (A personal favourite) Ages 7-9 The […]

For Buddhists, Bodhi Day commemorates the day on which Siddhartha Gautama found enlightenment while meditating under a Bodhi tree. He then became the Buddha (the Awakened One) and began teaching the principles of wisdom, compassion, and kindness to which his followers now adhere.

On a cold night in December, 1903, a postal worker in Copenhagen saw two ragged children huddled against the storm. Upon seeing them, it occurred to Einar Holboell that asking people to buy an extra stamp and put it on all the Christmas cards and parcels he’d been sorting might bring in enough money to […]

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