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.
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.
Many Australians celebrate Christmas, even those who don’t identify as being Christian.
If you’re a non-believer, then staying away from Church may be the best thing for your psychological health this Christmas.
Happy holidays, and thanks to all our readers in 2017.
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The year is up, the numbers are in and we’re about to go on summer holidays. Here’s a snapshot of the Science and Technology articles you enjoyed the most in 2017, month by month.
Being misty-eyed about a perfect Christmas past will do you little good.
The idea of pop-up shops has been around for ages, but now even established high-street retailers are being forced to buy in.
The best-selling Christmas song of all-time: White Christmas.
If you find yourself humming White Christmas this year don’t worry … you’re not alone – and the science of earworms suggests why.
Citizen science isn’t just about charity – new research shows there are some quite unexpected benefits for participants.
George Henry Durrie’s ‘Winter in the Country: A Cold Morning’ (1861).
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Home can be a slippery concept. But psychologists have long understood that it plays a huge role in self-identity and emotional well-being.
It’s big, but it might not feed 5,000.
A sausage roll standing in for the Christ Child? It’s not as weird as you might think.
Tesco is right, British Muslims enjoy Christmas just as much as the next family.