History Stories
CATEGORY: Christmas
The Wrong Number That Launched the Santa Tracker
December 21, 2017

How an accidental call to NORAD's top-secret military hotline led to a Christmas tradition. Read More

The Nazis’ War on Christmas
December 19, 2017

They literally tried to take the Christ out of Christmas. Read More

The War of Words behind ‘Happy Holidays’
December 14, 2017

Seasonal greetings have never been so controversial. Read More

The History of Must-Have Holiday Toys
December 8, 2017

How do today’s must-have holiday toys stack up against those of the past? Read More

Archaeologists Might Have Found the Tomb of Santa Claus
October 5, 2017

It isn’t anywhere near the North Pole. Read More

When Massachusetts Banned Christmas
December 22, 2015

Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch had nothing on the 17th-century Puritans, who actually banned the public celebration of Christmas in the Massachusetts Bay Colony for an entire generation. Read More

Remembering the Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast
November 23, 2015

On Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8’s astronauts captivated the world with a live broadcast from lunar orbit. Read More

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
December 19, 2014

Now a Christmas icon, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by a department store adman enduring a great personal tragedy 75 years ago. Read More

The Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights
December 19, 2014

Edward Hibberd Johnson not only added flash and color to Christmas trees when he introduced electric lights in 1882, he saved lives in the process. Read More

World War I’s Christmas Truce
December 19, 2014

Look back at the moment when the holiday spirit sparked impromptu ceasefires along World War I’s Western Front. Read More