The German Christmas comes to America

German Christmas Ornaments When you look at your Christmas tree what do you see?  Globes, glass ornaments, tinsel?  All of these are German Christmas “inventions,” some passed down since the 12th century.  Even the indoor tree itself was a German innovation!  This month, in honor of Oktoberfest, we’d like to share with you the legacy …

Ornaments for Le Tour de France

The Tour de France often brings to mind a certain famous rider and all of the celebrity news surrounding the event.  The Tour, however, has been around for over a century, and had intense fan followings long before the media created the modern image of the race. The first Tour de France was in 1903, …

The Origins of Santa Claus

There are many Origins of Santa Claus The Santa Claus we know today has origins as far back as the fourth century.  Combining mainly elements from the 4th century life of Saint Nicholas and the ancient mythology of the Germanic figure Odin, Western culture arrived at a composite character with a white beard, a host …

Christmas Traditions of the Southern Hemisphere

Christmas Around the World – Part 1: Christmas Traditions of the Southern Hemisphere When North Americans and Europeans think of Christmas, we think of white snow, warm dinners, and festive evergreens.  But in the southern hemisphere, in countries like South Africa and Australia, these seasonal associations hardly make sense.  When Christmastime comes to the Congo …