One scholar sees more in the Christmas food of authors like Charles Dickens—English national identity and class.
"Twelfth Night" was more than a Shakespeare play; for a very long time it was an extremely popular European winter feast.
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.
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.