December 31, 2020


Russian traders left the legacy of their traditions in Anchorage Alaska, including the Christmas-time practice of Starring.

December 30, 2020

Like a Waking Sleep

Bears have unique mechanisms for self-preservation during their months of hibernation.

December 29, 2020

When Christmas was Illegal

There was a time when the singing of Christmas carols could land you in jail.

December 28, 2020

The Etymology of Christmas

Ever wonder where “Xmas” came from?

December 25, 2020

Roots of Christmas

Some of our most enduring Christmas traditions date back to the pre-Christian era.

December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve in Woodstock

In “the most famous small town in the world”, how will Santa arrive this year?

December 23, 2020

Breaking Bread

The Polish Christmas tradition of Wigilia.

December 22, 2020


200 million presents is a big load for any sleigh.

December 21, 2020

Bonfires on the Levee

Celebrating Christmas eve with a 20 foot pyre of wood and wire.

December 18, 2020


Christmas caroling – Puerto Rican Style!

December 17, 2020

Santa’s Secret

What if Santa Claus got the flu and an ordinary mortal had to cover for him?

December 16, 2020

Las Posadas

Commemorating Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem.

December 15, 2020


Dipping into the Doop of ancestral Sweden.

December 14, 2020

A Crown of Candles

Young Swedish girls represent Saint Lucia in an early morning ritual.

December 11, 2020

Santa Lucia

Rituals of light in the darkness of winter.

December 10, 2020

All I Want For Christmas is a Relativity Cloud

With a little help from quantum physics, Santa could have all the time he needs to make Christmas deliveries.

December 9, 2020

Chasing Mr. Claus

Switzerland’s Klausjagen blends a Catholic holiday with a much older celebration.

December 8, 2020

Celebrating Klausjagen

Whips, bells and a giant paper bishop’s hat.

December 7, 2020


Change Santa Claus’s team of reindeer into a single white horse, replace his costume with a bishop’s robes, and you’ll begin to get a picture of Sinterklaas.

December 4, 2020

Ravens Adapt

Ravens’ natural curiosity may be the trait which allows them to survive in nearly every part of the planet.

December 3, 2020

Hunting with Falcons

When certain hunters give a whistle, they’re not calling their dog, they’re summoning a trained falcon.

December 2, 2020

The Sport of Kings

A handful of hunters still practice the ancient sport of kings and they’re meeting this week.

December 1, 2020

Hunting the Red Stag

The sounds of the mating behavior, or ‘rut’, signal the start of Red Stag hunting season in Hungary.