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What was Christmas like in Nazi Germany?

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Associate Professor of modern European and German history at Georgia State...  · 19 декабря 2016
In 1921, in a Munich beer hall, newly appointed Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler gave a Christmas speech to an excited crowd. According to undercover police observers, 4,000 supporters cheered when Hitler condemned “the cowardly Jews for breaking the world-liberator on the cross” and... Читать далее
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Why don’t we eat turkey eggs?

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Edie Mullen
Free range turkey farmer, Phoenix Free Range  · 23 декабря 2016
It all really comes down to what is commercially viable. If you have a turkey and that turkey lays eggs, you’re going to get much more money by hatching those eggs and rearing the young to maturity or to a certain age than by selling the eggs. Farmers buy young turkeys (or poults) at... Читать далее
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Aside from mistletoe and Christmas trees, which other pagan traditions do we still observe over Christmas?

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James Medd
Author of The Book of Christmas (Ebury Press, £9.99) and numerous books on...  · 2 декабря 2016
Christmas itself is a pagan tradition, which has been given a Christian makeover. For thousand of years we’ve celebrated the Winter Solstice, which occurs on or around 21 December. It’s the time when the sun reaches its most southerly point in the sky and the daylight hours are at their... Читать далее
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Is the Nativity really just a fairy story?

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Ian Gittins
Dr. Mark Hocknull, Canon Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral and Visiting Senior...  · 15 декабря 2016
Only two Gospels actually have the Nativity story: Matthew and Luke. John starts right at the beginning of time – "In the beginning was the Word" – and in Mark, Jesus first appears as an adult, being baptized. Those early Christian writers all locate the start of Jesus’s life in... Читать далее
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How much money do musicians and songwriters make over Christmas?

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Eamonn Forde
Head of Distribution, PPL@PPLUK  · 14 декабря 2016
Overall, the records that get the most airplay in the year and, therefore, the most revenue from PPL year in and year out are the current hits. They have 12 months of airplay and are on rotation a huge amount. In that context, Christmas is only a twelfth of the year. But obviously the... Читать далее
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Does the modern depiction of Santa really come from a Coca-Cola advert?

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James Medd
Author of The Book of Christmas (Ebury Press, £9.99) and numerous books on...  · 7 декабря 2016
No. This is an urban myth. What is true is that Santa Claus, to give him his American name, was depicted in Coca-Cola adverts in the 1930s wearing his regulation red and white outfit, which is of course the colour of the Coke trademark. However, Santa Claus had been wearing those... Читать далее
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Do Christmas advertising campaigns start too early in the year?

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Stephen Eastwood
Reader in Advertising and Digital Media and Director of the Media and...  · 23 ноября 2016
For me, as a general consumer, the answer is yes, most certainly so! But from the point of view of marketers and advertisers, I think you’ve got to assume that it works. They don’t start their campaigns this early just because they want to; they do it because they think there’s profit... Читать далее
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Did Charles Dickens really "invent" Christmas?

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Andrew Emery
Author of 'Dickens and Popular Entertainment' and the recent ‘Simply Dickens’...  · 5 декабря 2016
The quick answer is 'no'. Christmas obviously goes back centuries and what had happened was that during the Puritan revolution in the seventeenth century, the movement went away from rituals and celebrations and sense of enjoyment that had been part of the old Catholic tradition to a... Читать далее
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Is the Dutch Christmas tradition of ‘Black Peter’ basically racist?

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James Medd
Author of The Book of Christmas (Ebury Press, £9.99) and numerous books on...  · 12 декабря 2016
Each November, Sinterklaas, who is the Dutch version of Father Christmas, sails from Spain to the Netherlands. He’s accompanied on his journey by lots of helpers dressed up as Black Peter, or Zwarte Piet, with black faces and fuzzy wigs, and often red lipstick and earrings. Then, at the... Читать далее
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Why do Austrians celebrate Christmas with a child-tormenting goat-demon called Krampus?

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James Medd

Author of The Book of Christmas (Ebury Press, £9.99) and numerous books on...  · 2 декабря 2016
Krampus is the counterpart to the kindly St Nicholas, who is a figure of Europe folklore who arrives on the 6 December and rewards good children by leaving presents in their shoes. The bad children are punished by the Krampus, who whips them with birch twigs, and, if they've been... Читать далее
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