50 Facts About the History of Santa Claus Around The World

Like most kids who grew up in the US, I became fascinated with Santa Claus from a very early age. From his fuzzy red suit and his long white hair and beard to the reindeer who pulled his sleigh, this jolly old elf who distributed presents to kids all around the world was a larger-than-life legend. But unlike other children, I never really grew out of my interest in St. Nick. Always the inquisitive kid, I had so many questions: Who was Santa Claus? Where did he come from? How did he get to be so beloved by children all around the world? Raised in the Episcopal Church, I

Hawaiian Mythology (Hawaii’s Sacred Connection With Nature)

Hawaiian Mythology (Hawaii’s Sacred Connection With Nature) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Author Joseph Campbell once said, “Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation.” There are few places in the modern world in which this connection between mankind, myth, and nature is more obvious than Hawaii (formerly known as “The Big Island“). Here, Hawaiian mythology is not just some relic of a distant past, but a very present spiritual belief among many of the island’s indigenous natives. More than 150 years before

30 Fascinating Facts About Santa Around The World

30 Fascinating Facts About Santa Around The World originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Do you love Christmas as much as we do? Here are a slew of fascinating facts about the history and evolution of Santa around the world that you might not know: Scrooge’s third visitor, from Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol by John Leech via CC BRITISH SANTA CLAUS: Father Christmas • Pre-modern representations such as St Nicholas and Sinterklaas merged with the British character Father Christmas to

The Real Xmas Tree Vs Fake Xmas Tree Debate: Which Is Better?

The Real Xmas Tree Vs Fake Xmas Tree Debate: Which Is Better? originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Getting together as a family and decorating Christmas trees is arguably among the most popular Christmas traditions around the world. Around 85-90 million households purchase a real Xmas tree each year in Europe and the United States alone. According to a Nielsen survey for the American Christmas Tree Association, some 75 million households in the U.S. prefer a fake Xmas tree. And that’s not even counting the 160+ other countries that celebrate Christmas. READ MORE: Countries That Don’t Celebrate Christmas People have been debating the positives and negatives of real vs. fake