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 …

World Cup 2010: A unique historic event

The 2010 World Cup marked the first time the final rounds of this enormous football (soccer to Americans) event would be hosted in an African nation.  South Africa won the bid over Egypt and Morocco, bringing much needed attention and tourism to a nation with a rich and sometimes troubled history.  The unique topography and …

Teacher Appreciation – Show them you care with a Personalized Ornament

At the end of the 2009 – 2010 school year, whether your child is moving to a new school or just onto the next grade, there may be teachers that he or she will miss dearly.  There may also be teachers who you know have worked hard to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment.  …

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 …

Ornament Shop.com Debuts an NHL Officially Licensed Chicago Blackhawks Ornament

Almost fifty years after their last championship win, the Chicago Blackhawks took home the Stanley Cup this past June.  Perhaps more so than in any other sport, the Stanley Cup is a championship series full of superstitions and traditions.  (Leading up to the final game, the Hawks grew their beards out and refused to lay …