Feasts and Drinking – A Look at Iceland’s Christmas Traditions

Iceland’s version of Christmas is called Yule/Jol and began before the advent of Christianity. The “drinking of Yule” was part of the Yule celebrations in the Icelandic Sagas.  Many stories and poems refer to the feasts, farmers drinking Yule ale together, and bringing back malt from America to make the ale.  Chieftains would invite many …

Last Chance for “Arthur Christmas” Face of the Fan Contest!

Last call to enter your 60-second (or less) video of yourself answering the question:  Why are you the biggest fan of Christmas?  DEADLINE:  NOON PT, AUGUST 25, 2011. The Face of the Fan contest is a Sony Entertainment program that lets fans participate in online casting calls and contests. Eight finalists, who will receive $300 Sony …

Spoiling Your Dog at Christmas

Next to a spouse and children, dogs are a much beloved part of many families and are increasingly treated to gifts at Christmas. Any why not?  Spoiling your Dog is fun!   Dogs love you unconditionally, are tons of fun, and are great companions. We get pleasure from rewarding them for all they do for …

Ideas to Keep Kids from Driving You Crazy at Christmastime

One way to keep kids from driving you crazy at this time of year is to get them involved in Christmas decorating or other holiday projects.  Make decorating the Christmas tree a family project and have the kids make homemade ornaments and gifts. There are kits at craft stores you can buy, or you can …

Christmas Trivia

Trivia games are very popular, so we thought we’d see how well you know these Christmas facts.  We bet there are a few you can’t answer! 1) Where was mommy kissing Santa Claus? 2) What is Frosty the Snowman’s nose made out of? 3) What is the name of Rudolph’s dad? 4) What did Ralphie …