Letter from Santa Claus

Mark Twain’s Letter from Santa Claus, 1875 This letter written by Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, for his 3 years old daughter Susie, is a cute reminder of the spirit of Christmas and a father’s love and affection for his...

Christmas Cards

In 1843, artist John Callcott Horsley designed the world’s very first commercial Christmas card, which was commissioned by the founding director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and an influential entrepreneur, Sir Henry Cole, who is credited with devising the...

Delightful Christmas Riddles

  Test your Christmas Wisdom & Wit and see how many riddles you can solve in this fun holiday game! Why are Christmas trees bad at knitting?  Because they always drop their needles. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?  Frostbite...

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, are not the twelve days before Christmas, but the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany. The Dadecahemeron, or period of twelve days, linking together Christmas and Epiphany, was already...

Christmas Masterpieces

Hugo van der Goes – The Adoration of the Kings, 1470 Sandro Botticelli – Adoration of the Magi, 1475 Leonardo da Vinci – Adoration of the Magi, 1480~1482 Albrecht Dürer – Adoration of the Magi, 1504 Giorgione – The Adoration of the...

Phenomenal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies are inextricably linked to Christmas and the seasonal festivities. And they truly are the perfect holiday treat to indulge or give as yummy homemade presents (preferably in sealed, and ribbon tied cellophane bags). Just don’t forget to leave enough for...