A Month of Christmas: Holiday Gifts & Gift-Bringers

The tradition of gift-giving is an old one, but it became associated with Christmas more recently. It is a relic of a pagan custom, namely, the winter solstice which in Europe occurs in December. This was celebrated in ancient Rome with gift-giving during the Saturnalia holiday, which took place that month. As Christianity became increasingly widespread in the Roman lands, the custom of gift-giving continued. … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Holiday Gifts & Gift-Bringers

Antigua and Barbuda #746 (1984)

Antigua and Barbuda #746 (1984)

The independent state of Antigua and Barbuda, lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean in the middle of the Leeward Islands, consists of two major inhabited islands — Antigua and Barbuda — and a number of smaller islands (including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands and further south, the uninhabited island of Redonda which has actually issued its own stamps as … Continue reading Antigua and Barbuda #746 (1984)