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The 18th-Century Politics of Santa Claus in America

by Judith Flanders Instead of deriving from folklore, or quaint colonial customs, or religion, the American emergence of Santa Claus was rooted in late-eighteenth-century politics, in the formation of clubs and societies based around ethnic or cultural groups, which came

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Posted in Modern History

A History of American Holiday Stamps

by Chris West We’re all so used to holiday stamps that many people don’t realize they are a reasonably modern introduction. The first one dated from 1962—when people talked of Christmas, not ‘Holiday Season’.

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Posted in Contemporary History

Hanukkah and Christmas: A History of Consequences

The Bibles Cutting Room Floor

by Joel M. Hoffman History is in large part the story of consequences—both intended and unintended—as is the case for two of this season’s most celebrated holidays, Hanukkah and Christmas. It is well known that when Alexander the Great conquered

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Posted in Ancient & Medieval History, Ancient History, Military History
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