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Chocolate Giri Japan Valentines

Japanese Women are Expected to Gift Chocolates to Men During Valentines Day. Giri Choco or Obligation Chocolates are Part of This Tradition. Men are Then Supposed to Reciprocate the Gesture on March 14.

Valentine’s Day is known as the day of love. Of course, chocolate is one of the most ideal gifts to give your loved ones. It is also a great treat, easy to work with, delicious, and allows you to indulge yourself and others. In 2018, nearly $ 1.8 billion was spent on Valentine’s Day sweets …

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Donald Duck and His Friends Wish You a Merry Christmas on Christmas Eve

Swedes Have a Bizarre Tradition of Watching Donald Duck Every Christmas Eve

Donald Fauntleroy Duck is an animated character created by Walt Disney as a foil to Mickey Mouse. He made his screen debut on June 9, 1934, in The Wise Little Hen. But did you know that the Swedes can’t celebrate Christmas Eve without Donald? Every Christmas Eve at around 3 PM, Sweden’s main channel broadcasts …

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Santa Claus

When Did Leaving Cookies and Milk for Santa Start?

Most children in the United States have a long-standing tradition of leaving a plate of cookies and a glass of milk out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. But it wasn’t always like this? When did the tradition of leaving milk and cookies for Santa start? During the Great Depression, leaving cookies and milk for …

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Iceland NYE

Why Do People From Iceland Light Candles on New Year’s Eve?

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean with the fewest people in Europe. Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and largest city, is home to more than 65% of the country’s population. It is the only part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that rises above sea level, and its central volcanic plateau erupts almost constantly. …

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How Much Does a Professional Santa Claus Earn?

Santa Claus is the patron of Christmas in many different countries. His image is known to have been based on a 4th-century saint. Many people wear the red suit and white beard during the holidays, but do you know how much a professional Santa earns? Professional Santa Clauses earn decent hourly rates. Most professional Santas …

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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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