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Two Christmas traditions – those around the birth of Jesus and Santa who brings gifts to all – contain strong elements of magic.
If you picture Santa Claus as plump and jolly and pulled by reindeer, you may have this poem to thank.
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‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ is one of the most famous American poems. But who wrote it?
A tale of gassy reindeer and psychedelic mushrooms.
Why did she do all the work while Santa got all the glory? What would happen if she delivered the toys?
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Many early stories praise her work ethic and devotion. But with Mrs. Claus usually hitting the North Pole’s glass ceiling, some writers started to push back.
Millions of years of natural selection have prepared reindeer for Christmas Eve.
The pagan tradition of celebrating the winter solstice with bonfires on Dec. 21 inspired the early Christian celebrations of Christmas.
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Christmas was popularized in the United States during the American Civil War, when Harper’s Weekly featured the image of Santa Claus visiting the Union Army on its front page.
The Christmas we celebrate today around the world, whether in northern winter or southern summer, has its roots in many cultures and traditions.
A still from the 1946 classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.’
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Holiday movies have been an essential part of the American winter celebrations. They offer a glimpse into how the world is could be, often in sharp contrast to reality.
Nancy Bird Walton preparing to fly a female Santa into north-west New South Wales in 1935.
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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.
An image of 15-year-old Carlo Acutis during his beatification ceremony in Assisi, Italy.
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Many saints are venerated for specific reasons, professions or even nations. There are saints who are believed to provide assistance in selling a property.
Young children are captivated by the Santa Claus myth.
Santa is the best part of Christmas for many children, but do they really believe in a magical man flying around the globe on Christmas Eve?
Imagination and play encourage children to think through hypothetical situations and create new worlds — and even to develop new possibilities for our shared world.
For many children, the anticipation of Santa’s imminent journey down the chimney to deliver gifts is nothing but magical.
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Who made him up?
The Santa myth tells us more about adults than children.
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Illustration to verse 1 of the children’s poem Old Santeclaus with Much Delight. 1821.
Several of Santa’s modern features, such as his generosity, miracle-working, and focus on morality (being ‘naughty or nice’), were part of his image from the very beginning.
Research shows that a parent’s level of generosity and charitable behaviour is linked with their child’s display of the same behaviours.
Children start developing empathy and compassion as toddlers and should have a good understanding of generosity by age nine. Parents can help foster these behaviours.
A former elf looks into the work that goes into an authentic Christmas experience.