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!
December 20, 2015
Americans still purchase approximately 1.6 billion holiday cards a year. What about this old-fashioned tradition appeals to so many?
December 14, 2020
Douglas firs weren't great for lumber, but they once made the small town of Eureka the Christmas-tree capital of America.
December 21, 2019
Women in heterosexual relationships still do most of the domestic work. During the holiday season, the tasks multiply.
December 21, 2016
The winter solstice Festival of Poseidon was epic.
December 28, 2015
A look at the history of Kwanzaa and how it has evolved since it was founded by Maulana Ronald Karenga.
December 8, 2020
In the late nineteenth century, bachelor Santa got married. Unsurprisingly, Mrs. Claus contributed uncompensated labor to the Claus household.
December 24, 2016
For most of the Jewish world, Hanukkah is a minor holiday. What happened in America?
December 9, 2015
In the U.K., Christmas decorations are often associated with the lower-class, and such visibility has been scorned and criticized.
December 22, 2015
Translating "Merry Christmas" into Hawaiian offers insight into the language's modest inventory of consonants.
December 16, 2016
We've gathered up some of our favorite literary takes on Christmas.
December 23, 2016
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.
December 2, 2015
The controversy over Jesus' birthday has gone on for centuries.
December 6, 2017
Can schools let students and teachers celebrate religions holidays without violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause?
December 14, 2016
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.
November 28, 2016
Giving children toys for Christmas first became a thing in early nineteenth century England.
December 25, 2016
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.
December 12, 2017
Whatever the gift, it’s worth stopping to think about how much we really want to entangle our gift-giving with the digital realm.
December 24, 2017
One scholar sees more in the Christmas food of authors like Charles Dickens—English national identity and class.
December 16, 2019
When Parley's Illuminated Library published a pirated version of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens decided he had had enough.
December 8, 2019
Is it time for a revival of the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving (SPUG)?
December 7, 2020
Splurges for that scholarly curmudgeon in your life who has a critique of capitalism but still likes to have nice things.
December 16, 2020
'Twas the night before Christmas, and an undead Jesus walked the earth. No wonder early modern Jews played games and sang songs to scare him off.
December 26, 2020
The tiny winter songbirds are clever kings to the Irish. They're also fodder (literally) for post-Christmas ritual.
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