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The Story of A Visit from St. Nicholas

A Visit from St. Nicholas is both a story and a poem that has survived nearly two centuries of Christmas celebration. It is arguably the only published work that can even come close to rivaling Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in both fame and annual reading. But do you know the story behind the story? Picture it: it’s a snowy Christmas Eve around the year 1821 in New York state. Clement …
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Victorian Era Snowball Fight

A Victorian Era snowball fight is going viral and we just have to pile on. The two videos below show the early technology of film-making met with 21st century technology — and the results are stunning. Take a look, in color, at this everyday snowball fight from 124 years ago: This film has been known about for a long time. The 1896 French short silent film was directed and produced …
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History of Christmas Villages

As far as Christmas goes, the city of Palm Springs, California is far removed from being a Christmas village. But for Dennis Lloyd his annual return for winter time in Palm Springs signals the beginning of Christmas. He just can’t wait to get there right after Halloween each year. In a large bedroom in the Lloyd home Dennis has painstakingly constructed a shimmering Christmas village made of porcelain buildings, molded …
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Footage of 1920s Era Santa Training Reindeer

It must take a tremendous amount of work for Santa to train his reindeer to do what they do. For eons parents have tried to explain. Evidently the effort never ends in trying to justify or explain how Santa does what he does. In this rare vintage footage we see Santa from nearly 100 years ago training reindeer in some mountain setting somewhere. It’s great stuff: