history of christmas

Boxing Day and the Feast of Stephen

by Cie McCullough Buschle

Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen… So begins the strains of a familiar old English Christmas Carol. It’s the story of Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (907–935), a saintly king who goes out in a storm to give a poor […]

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Behind the Scene Secrets of Santa’s Sleigh

by Cie McCullough Buschle

This year, with the help of NORAD, Albany Kid is pleased to bring to you some of the facts about Santa’s sleigh. It wasn’t all that easy, as you can imagine. After all, Santa Claus has been around for hundreds of years, and is well […]

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A Ghost Story of Christmas

by Cie McCullough Buschle

During the Victorian Age, many Christmas traditions that we take for granted were introduced in England and others were revived. In the mid 18th Century, Prince Albert helped bring the German tradition of Christmas trees to the Royal Palace and the first ever Christmas cards […]

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"Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus"

by Cie McCullough Buschle

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of The Sun, an old New York City newspaper. Oddly enough, it was not written in December, or November, or even early January. It was written on September 21st, well before the Christmas season. […]

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The Secret Life of Christmas Elves

by Cie McCullough Buschle

Santa’s elves are known to be tiny, dwarf-like creatures, either male or female, with pointed ears. They are immortal and have magical powers that can control what you see and hear. Christmas elves can become invisible any time they wish and are very hard to […]

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