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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.
An image of 15-year-old Carlo Acutis during his beatification ceremony in Assisi, Italy. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Who are patron saints and why do Catholics venerate them?

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. Yoganov Konstantin/Shutterstock.com

What do kids really think about Santa?

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. (Shutterstock)

Why it’s OK for kids to believe in Santa

For many children, the anticipation of Santa’s imminent journey down the chimney to deliver gifts is nothing but magical.
Not sure if you’re paying the right price for your tree? The Hotelling equation modified by Faustmann can help. Aleksandra Suzi/Shutterstock

The amazing growth of the Christmas tree

A Protestant tradition with pagan roots, the Christmas tree is now a global phenomenon. It also reveals much about market economics, so let’s climb on the sleigh and take a ride around this holiday item…
He’s calling – but will you answer? Russian Presidential Executive Office

How to avoid accidentally becoming a Russian agent

The Mueller report reveals that some U.S. citizens helped Russian government agents organize real-life events, aiding Russia’s propaganda campaign. Don’t be like them.
Research shows that a parent’s level of generosity and charitable behaviour is linked with their child’s display of the same behaviours. (Shutterstock)

5 ways to infuse your family with the spirit of generosity this Christmas

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 person dressed as Santa Claus waves as part of the festivities, during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

This Christmas tell your children the real Santa Claus story

Behind today’s mythical Santa Claus from the North Pole, is a real saint – St. Nicholas. How he came to be today’s gift-giving jolly figure from the North Pole is a fascinating story by itself.
Even Santa can get worn out, which can lead to getting the blues. Stokkete

What psychiatrists have to say about holiday blues

Have you ever felt more like singing the blues during the holidays than “Deck the Halls”? You’re not alone. Two psychiatrists explain why people feel blue during this time and share tips for how to take care.
What if Santa was eventually replaced by an AI robot? Shutterstock/Aleutie

Dear robot Santa…

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?
Kwanzaa celebrations. Black Hour

What Kwanzaa means for Black Americans

For the African-American community, Kwanzaa is not just any “Black holiday. ” It is a recognition that knowledge of Black history is worthwhile.
Developmental psychology suggests that fantastical beliefs in children are associated with positive developmental outcomes. And parents need not worry, children will bust the Santa myth themselves, when the time is right. (Shutterstock)

Lies about Santa? They could be good for your child

There’s no need for parents to bust the Santa myth. Children figure out the truth themselves, at a developmentally appropriate time. In the process, they build their reasoning skills.

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