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Nancy Bird Walton preparing to fly a female Santa into north-west New South Wales in 1935. ©Royal Far West

Santa was a lady once — is it time to bring her back?

In Australia, between 1930 and 1950, women repeatedly stepped in to play the role of Santa. So the figure in the red suit could be gender neutral today.
Carolling wasn’t just for Christmas back in the day. Easter, New Year, and even political events such as battles were occasions for carol singing. 1000 Words/www.shutterstock.com

A short history of three very famous Christmas carols

Good Christian Men, Rejoice dates from the 14th century; O Come, All Ye Faithful may contain covert Jacobite symbolism and Silent Night is now UNESCO recognised.

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