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Christmas Traditions, Past and Present

According to the latest Pew Research Center survey, nine out of every 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, but only half of those view it as a religious holiday.

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Santa Goes to War

The modern image of Santa Claus first appeared in a Civil War illustration, and it wasn’t the last time St. Nick was deployed in wartime.

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World-Famous Christmas Tree Will Light Up Tonight

As the tree lighting at New York City’s Rockefeller Center marks its 81st anniversary, find out more about this sparkling tradition.

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Letters Shed New Light on World War I’s Christmas Truce

Newly discovered letters sent by a British officer from the Western Front reveal a more complicated truth behind the famous Christmas Truce of 1914.

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The Royal Roots of the American Christmas Tree

An American holiday tradition was launched by a fashionable British queen celebrating an old German custom.