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Why Do We Celebrate That? Classic Christmas Tree Decorations

Decorating is important to any holiday, but most of the iconic images connected with Christmas are filled with trees, wreaths, and strings of lights timed to music. Every year, millions of people around the world, both religious and secular, go all out to get their homes into the Christmas spirit. While many of the decorations […]

Why Do We Celebrate That? Hanukkah Traditions

While perhaps not the most important holiday on the Jewish calendar (those would be Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), Hanukkah is certainly the most famous, especially in the secular and non-Jewish communities. The celebration begins on the eve of the 25th of Kislev and runs for eight nights. Since the Jewish calendar is lunar (based […]

Why Do We Celebrate That? More Classic Halloween Monsters

Halloween is that time of year when we celebrate the things that scare us most. While ghosts or chainsaw-wielding maniacs are scary, the things that usually frighten us often have more of a story to them than we think. The best monsters often are scary because of what they represent to us. These monsters also […]

Why Do We Celebrate That? Christmas Gift-Giving

Of all the classic traditions of Christmas, gift-giving is many people’s favorites and often becomes the centerpiece of any holiday get-together — whether that’s taking a few minutes to exchange gifts before the Christmas party or the family sitting down to have a gift-exchange game like white elephant. Of course, you also have the Christmas […]

Why Do We Celebrate That? Classic Halloween Monsters

One of the unique features of Halloween, compared to the rest of the year, is the celebration of monsters. An idea that would seem macabre or silly in July seems perfectly reasonable and at-home in October. This is due to the spooky spirit of the Halloween season. Around this time of year, you’ll see all […]

Why Do We Celebrate That? Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the day we celebrate love around the world. The holiday has become derided over the years as a day of overpriced dinners, flowers, and chocolates — essentially a day that puts a price tag on love. But it wasn’t always this way. St. Valentine’s Day has a much older history than many […]

Why Do We Celebrate That? Classic New Year’s Traditions

Each year, we ring in the New Year with parties, sparkles, songs, and fireworks. We also make promises to ourselves about how we’ll improve. In many cases, these traditions make sense. For example, holidays and the end of a year have always been celebrated with a party, even if it’s part of a different calendar […]

Why Do We Celebrate That? Santa Claus and His Helpers

There are many images and symbols that immediately bring to mind Christmas and the holiday season. While a Christmas tree, adorned with ornaments and a star, may top many people’s lists, there’s probably another that may even be more recognizable: Santa Claus. The big man in the big red suit is simply iconic, but what’s […]

Why Do We Celebrate That? Halloween Tricks and Treats

Once again, Halloween is approaching, though eagle-eyed consumers will have noticed decorations as early as August this year! Last year, we discussed the ancient origins of Halloween, but as we answered some of the foundational questions about Halloween, more sprung up. If it’s a holiday of the dead and scary things, why are pranks so […]