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How Did “A Christmas Carol” Influence People in 1867?

Charles Dickens is one of the greatest authors of modern times. He gave us classics like Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. But did you know that his A Christmas Carol had a significant impact on the lives of those who read it? Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” influenced many people since its publication. It promoted generosity …

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Which is Better for the Environment? Fake Christmas Trees or Real Ones?

The Fake Christmas Tree or Real Christmas Tree environmental debate happens to most Christmas shoppers every year. In being an environmentally conscious consumer, one should always consider the environmental risks in the manufacturing and disposal of both trees.  Both environmentalists and energy analysts agree that artificial trees are more environmentally detrimental due to their significant …

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How Does the Spirit Halloween Pop-Up Store Work?

By fall, abandoned retail establishments are repurposed by Spencer’s Gifts. Spirit Halloween has built a multimillion-dollar industry out of seasonal pop-up stores. But how does this system work, and does it truly earn enough? Spirit Halloween, a pop-up store owned by Spencers Gifts, operates in over 1,200 locations each year for about 4 to 8 …

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In Iceland people light candles for the huldufólk, hidden elves, during New Year’s Eve to help the huldufólk find a new home for the year.

Huldufólk There are four Icelandic holidays considered to have a special connection with hidden people: New Year’s Eve, Thirteenth Night (January 6), Midsummer Night and Christmas night. Elf bonfires (álfabrennur) are a common part of the holiday festivities on Twelfth Night (January 6). There are many Icelandic folktales about elves and hidden people invading Icelandic …

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How Mister Rogers Used King Friday to Make Friday the 13th Less Scary for Kids. Friday the 13th was considered to be the King’s birthday. Whenever the 13th fell on a Friday, during the years that the show was in production, the show staff would celebrate with a birthday cake.

How Mister Rogers Used King Friday to Make Friday the 13th Less Scary for Kids King Friday XIII, son of King Charming Thursday XII and Queen Cinderella Monday, is an avid arts lover, a talented whistler, and a former pole vaulter. He reigns over Calendarland with lots of pomp and poise, and he’s usually correct. …

How Mister Rogers Used King Friday to Make Friday the 13th Less Scary for Kids. Friday the 13th was considered to be the King’s birthday. Whenever the 13th fell on a Friday, during the years that the show was in production, the show staff would celebrate with a birthday cake. Read More »

Leaving cookies and milk for Santa started to become popular in the U.S during the Great Depression. Parents wanted to teach their kids it was better to give and to be grateful for presents they received during times of economic hardship.

Don’t Forget Santa’s Cookies and Milk: The History of a Popular Christmas Tradition Today in the United States, leaving out a plate of cookies (Oreos and classic chocolate chip are popular choices) and a glass of milk for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve is a well-established tradition among children. But it hasn’t always been that …

Leaving cookies and milk for Santa started to become popular in the U.S during the Great Depression. Parents wanted to teach their kids it was better to give and to be grateful for presents they received during times of economic hardship. Read More »

Blowing out birthday candles increases bacteria on cake by 1,400%

Blowing out birthday candles increases bacteria on cake — by a lot Those colorful candles burning brightly atop a birthday cake may look lovely, but apparently blowing them out has some pretty disgusting side effects, researchers say. A study in the Journal of Food Research determined that blowing out candles over that sweet icing surface …

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Steve Martin’s wedding came as a surprise to his guests. The roughly 75 star-studded attendees (including the likes of Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, and Carl Reiner) said that he had invited them to his house just for a “party.” To their shock, upon their arrival his wedding began.

Steve Martin Gets Married at L.A. Home Sporting his Inspector Clouseau mustache, Steve Martin married girlfriend Anne Stringfield at his Los Angeles home on Saturday, says a rep for the funny man. The surprise ceremony, which had not been announced beforehand to the approximately 75 guests in attendance, was presided over by Bob Kerrey, the …

Steve Martin’s wedding came as a surprise to his guests. The roughly 75 star-studded attendees (including the likes of Tom Hanks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, and Carl Reiner) said that he had invited them to his house just for a “party.” To their shock, upon their arrival his wedding began. Read More »

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is a day when girls buy chocolates and other gifts for boys they like. A month later, on March 14th, is called White Day. On that day, the boys will buy gifts to give back to the girls who bought them gifts on Valentine’s Day.

Days before the Valentine’s Day, stores get packed with a large variety of chocolates, the cooking tools, and women! What is more unique in Japan is that there exists a “White Day” which takes place on March 14th, exactly one month after Valentine’s Day. On White Day men are supposed to give return gifts to …

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is a day when girls buy chocolates and other gifts for boys they like. A month later, on March 14th, is called White Day. On that day, the boys will buy gifts to give back to the girls who bought them gifts on Valentine’s Day. Read More »