As Christianity overtook fourth-century Europe, church officials instituted Christmas to discourage people from celebrating rowdy pagan festivals, causing many pagan traditions to be assimilated into the holiday. For exa... More »

Some popular pagan holidays are Samhain on October 31; Yule, the winter solstice; and Ostara, the spring equinox. Pagan holidays are based on the major solar and lunar events of the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. More » Holidays & Celebrations Holidays

The roots of Easter are pagan. Many religions have similar celebrations near the vernal equinox built upon the motif of death and resurrection. Life triumphs over death and light triumphs over dark. More » Holidays & Celebrations Holidays Easter

Christmas is a holiday rich in traditions and interesting trivia, such as Christmas symbols and the history of Christmas cards. For example, gold comes from one of the gifts of the Three Wise Men, which symbolizes the di... More »

A specific person did not start Christmas, but Christmas is a traditional holiday celebrated by people throughout the world for different reasons. People find joy in exchanging gifts with one another and honoring religio... More »

Specific Christmas traditions in Antarctica can depend on the nationalities of the people at each station, but generally will include a Christmas meal and a party. For example, McMurdo Station celebrates by having a Chri... More »

Some possibilities for short Christmas skits are a retelling of the birth of Jesus, a piece that encourages giving and love or an act that shows how people can better handle holiday stress. One unique idea is to put a sp... More »