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Winter Holidays

Major Celebrations

Advent: Dec. 2 –Dec. 23
The start of the Christmas season
Hanukkah: Nov. 27–Dec. 5
The "festival of lights" celebrates Jewish triumphs
Christmas: Dec. 25
World's biggest festival has varied roots
Kwanzaa: Dec. 26
Honoring the values of ancient African cultures
New Year's: Jan. 1
Auld Lang Syne and other New Year's customs
Party Hat, Noisemaker, and Confetti

Special Features

  
Christmas Price Index
The cost of the gifts in the classic holiday song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
  

Festivus
A nondenominational winter holiday which originated on an episode of Seinfeld
  

Christmas Traditions
From Christmas trees to Christmas cards


Charlie Brown Christmas
The unlikely beginnings of a holiday classic


Names for Santa Around the World
Santa Claus or the "Christmas Gnome"?


Saying "Merry Christmas" Around the World
From Afrikaans to Welsh, 25 Christmas greetings


Celluloid Santas
Saint Nick's most famous appearances


Grinchy Trivia
Size up the movie, TV, and Dr. Seuss creations


Winter Holidays by the Numbers
From the U.S. Census Bureau
Winter Solstice
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, marks the solstice


For Kids: Understanding the Solstice
Did you ever wonder why the days are so long in the summer and so short in the winter?


Boxing Day
In Great Britain, the day after Christmas is a holiday, too


Winter Quotations
Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and others


Record Low Temperatures by State
From Alabama to Wyoming, record chills


Saying "Happy New Year!" Around the World
Voorspoedige nuwe jaar! and more


New Year's History
A move from March to January


New Year's Traditions
Auld Lang Syne and other New Year's customs
  

Holiday Fun Stuff

  
Christmas Customs Quiz
In Belgium, St. Nicholas pays
how many visits to each house?


A Charlie Brown Christmas Quiz
What does Lucy say she really
wants for Christmas?


Boxing Day Quiz
What major holiday does Boxing Day
follow?
Holidays Crossword
1 Across: Twinkly tree topper


The TV Grinch Quiz
What did the Grinch hate
about Christmas?


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Once upon a time—of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve—old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house . . .

Toy Trivia Quiz
Crayolas, Ken dolls, and Lego arithmetic
Holiday Word Search

Santa Claus Slider

Hanukkah Jigsaw Puzzle

Hanukkah Hangman

Christmas Hangman

Kwanzaa Word Search

Religions of the World

  
Judaism Christianity
Islam Hinduism
Buddhism Confucianism
Shintoism Taoism
Sikhism
Islam Primer

Judaism Primer

Top Ten Organized Religions of the World

Largest 25 U.S. Churches

Non-Christians in the U.S.
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