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”
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?”
One of my favorite holiday pastimes is going to see Christmas light displays; I can remember piling in the car with my family and fighting my cousins for a window seat. Christmas light displays are as essential to Christmastime as fireworks are on the Fourth of July… But which ones are the best and how do you find them? Well, we did the work for you! Here is our list of the top 10 Christmas light displays from all over the country and a few websites to help locate great Christmas light displays near you. Continue reading “Top 10 Christmas Light Displays in America”
Bing Crosby sang of a white Christmas, and also a Hawaiian Christmas…
If you’re sick of the cold weather – escaping the norm and heading to a warm, sunny beach destination can be a great alternative way to spend the holidays… But if you’re actually a fan of cold and snowy weather, and want to elevate your Christmas spirit and enjoy the winter wonderland to its fullest… there are also plenty of cold weather retreats for you! Either way, you can leave the in-laws at home and have a holly, jolly Christmas – it’s the best time of the year! Continue reading “Top 6 Christmas Vacation Destinations”