It’s hard to imagine a tradition so old that we don’t really know when or where it began… but that is exactly the case of the snowman. For thousands of years children and adults have been packing snow, rolling it into large mounds and then stacking them to form bodies like their own. They would take hats, coats, sticks, and food to create an anthropomorphic pile of snow. Continue reading “Traditional Tales: Why We Build Snowmen”
No, the name of this blog post is not inspired by John Travolta attempting to say ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’… The Rudolph we know and love was almost cast as a completely different animal, with a different name! Read on to learn the history behind the beloved children’s poem, song and classic Christmas movie: Continue reading “Traditional Tales: Rollo the Red-Nosed Moose”
Be good for goodness sake… oh, and so Santa doesn’t bring you coal on Christmas!
Santa’s a pretty giving guy, even when it comes to the naughty boys and girls… but do you know why coal is specifically the gift of choice for Jolly Old Saint Nicholas? Continue reading “Traditional Tales: Why Santa Gives Coal to Bad Kids”
Whether you hop in your family “truckster” and head to the local lot or grab the tattered box out the attic, the Christmas tree is a vital part of celebrating America’s most beloved holiday. But if you just step back and think about the idea of bringing a living tree into your home, doesn’t it seem weird? I mean whose idea was this anyways? Continue reading “Traditional Tales: Whose Idea Was the Christmas Tree?”
Love it or hate it, Christmas music is inescapable this time of year! They’re classic, they’re fun and they’re earworms. Christmas music is some of the most covered music – you’ll be surprised how many different versions of your favorite tune you can find online. So in no particular order… here’s a list of some of our favorites, new and old – to get you in the Christmas spirit! ENJOY: Continue reading “Literally Just a List of Awesome Christmas Songs”
Why do we kiss under the mistletoe? What’s the big idea?
We dove into the interwebs to find out exactly where this tradition originated. We found some interesting stuff regarding ancient rituals and medicinal usage on top of the current-day tradition of just hanging it in the doorway and waiting underneath for a smooch! Read on to see a few of our favorite explanations: some are pretty strange, and not as romantic as you’d think! Continue reading “Traditional Tales: Why Do We Kiss Under the Mistletoe?”