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Photos from a Nazi Christmas party

Life has posted an interesting series of photographs taken at a Nazi christmas party in 1941. Swastikas and Tannenbaum The image is chilling, bordering on surreal: On December 18, 1941, as World War II rages and countless innocents endure the horrors of the Third Reich's "final solution" -- killing operations at the

The world’s oldest artificial Christmas tree

The world's oldest artificial Christmas tree is set to be put out on display again, for it's 124th year. It was purchased by the Parker family in 1886 and still has it's original baubles and tinsel. The tree is made of green raffia, stands 14 inches tall and has a base

Turkey seeks return of Santa Claus’ bones

A Turkish archaeologists is pushing for Italy to return the bones of St. Nicholas to their original resting place. The 3rd Century saint - on whom Santa Claus was modelled - was buried in the modern-day town of Demre in Turkey. But in the Middle Ages his bones were taken by Italian

The world’s oldest Santa Claus figurine

Archaeologists in Ohio have uncovered the world's Santa Claus figurine which dates back to 1884. According to a report in Discovery News, the 2.5 inches tall object, known as the “Blue Santa”, was made circa 1884 by The American Marble and Toy Manufacturing Company. “It’s a wishing Santa. You hold it in

The first Christmas card

Here is an interesting post from Mental_Floss about who sent the first Christmas card. The commercial Christmas card as we know it originated in London in 1843. That winter, Sir Henry Cole, a civil servant who helped organize the Great Exhibition and develop the Victoria and Albert Museum, decided he was

Santa Claus is buried in Ireland

Historians are claiming that the remains of St. Nicholas, the man who inspired Santa Claus, are buried in County Kilkenny, Ireland at Jerpoint Abbey. Experts claim that the philanthropist St Nicholas of Myra is entombed at the 12th century abbey after his body was moved there 800 years ago. The saint, revered

“A Christmas Carol” manuscript reveals Charles Dickens’ writing process

Charles Dickens' heavily marked up original manuscript for "A Christmas Carol" has gone on display, shedding light on the master's writing process. It is an enduring mystery of English literature: What secrets lie entombed beneath the thick scribbles that Charles Dickens made as he wrote, and rewrote, the 66 pages of