December means the winter holidays are upon us. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, Solstice, and all your favorite wintertime traditions. Celebrate with some seasonal scholarship below. All stories contain free links to the supporting academic research on JSTOR. Happy Holidays!
One scholar sees more in the Christmas food of authors like Charles Dickens—English national identity and class.
Whatever the gift, it’s worth stopping to think about how much we really want to entangle our gift-giving with the digital realm.
We've gathered up some of our favorite literary takes on Christmas.
Poinsettias were named for the first US diplomat to Mexico. The flower was more successful than he was. How it went from Aztec dye to Christmas decoration.
The controversy over Jesus' birthday has gone on for centuries.
Can schools let students and teachers celebrate religions holidays without violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause?
Where does the figure of Santa Claus come from? Turns out the answer is not "the North Pole." And he's not just about Christianity, either.
Giving children toys for Christmas first became a thing in early nineteenth century England.
How did a religious celebration turn into a holiday that is all about home, family, and Christmas dinner? Turns out Charles Dickens has a lot to do with it.
For most of the Jewish world, Hanukkah is a minor holiday. What happened in America?
Translating "Merry Christmas" into Hawaiian offers insight into the language's modest inventory of consonants.
A look at the history of Kwanzaa and how it has evolved in meaning over subsequent generations.
In the U.K., Christmas decorations are often associated with the lower-class, and such visibility has been scorned and criticized.
Americans still purchase approximately 1.6 billion holiday cards a year. What about this old-fashioned tradition appeals to so many?
In the Western world, it’s now the holiday season. But why? Here’s a hint: It’s not because of Jesus’s ...
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