1947 - A patron of “Sammy’s Bowery Follies,” a downtown bar, sleeping at his table while the resident cat laps at his beer.
It's the season to be jolly – but don't share that jollity with your pets. Alcohol, whether in a wine glass, egg-nog or a boozy pudding, is seriously bad for our animal friends.
Christmas can be a particularly hard time of year, and dogs are a vital support for many of the most vulnerable in our society.
Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.
Why is there so much consumer interest in recreating Christmas dinners from the past?
The Victorian idea of Christmas pre-dates Dickens. What the writer did was bring an essentially rural celebration into an urban setting.
If you find help messages from factory and delivery workers in your presents this season, how should you respond?
Do you feel worried or happy at the thought of Christmas food?
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Some tips on how to fully enjoy your Christmas mince pie.
Christmas Dinner, Mt Margaret Mission 1933.
State Library of Western Australia
Aboriginal missions were notorious for their austerity, but Christmas was a brief time of joy. While celebrations had a sinister assimilationist edge, Aboriginal people often adopted traditions into their own culture.
The nativity scenes celebrated each Christmas bear little resemblance to history.
The inn, the shepherds, angels and animals: pretty much everything we think we know about the Christmas story is historically wrong.
What if Santa was eventually replaced by an AI robot?
What if Santa’s job is one of those taken over by an intelligent machine? Would a robot Santa begin to question its purpose and the existence of those it’s designed to serve at Christmas?
The search for the ‘ideal’ Christmas song crosses a very broad range of genres and artists.
From outright celebration, through charity to explicit political salvos – is there such a thing as the 'ultimate' Christmas pop song?
First letter and illustration from Father Christmas, 1920.
© The Tolkien Estate Ltd, 1976.
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote letters to his children from Father Christmas every year for 23 years. And they're filled with elves, goblins and playful polar bears.
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The best cracker jokes make us groan as much as laugh – and that's deliberate.
Tasty, nutritious, traditional – it's a seasonal superfood. Here's the evidence.
Six questions to ask yourself before you buy that last minute Christmas present.
Though much of Puerto Rico remains devastated by Hurricane Maria, people are preparing to celebrate the holidays.
It's said Puerto Rico has the longest Christmas in the world, a noisy two-month celebration that goes through mid-January. Can the holidays still happen in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria?
The holiday season doesn’t always have to be stressful.
Despite the delight of not having to work for several days or even weeks, holidays come with pressures.
A toy truck left at a tombstone in a Montreal cemetery.
The ritual might seem strange, but a sociologist spent eight years studying it – and found that there really is a therapeutic benefit.
For the African-American community, Kwanzaa is not just any "black holiday. " It is a recognition that knowledge of black history is worthwhile.
Poor quality sleep is almost guaranteed over the festive period. Here's how to get some decent shut-eye.
Being misty-eyed about a perfect Christmas past will do you little good.