A Month of Christmas: Santa’s Around-the-World Journey by Sleigh on Christmas Eve

As I write this, it’s almost 8:00 p.m. Christmas Eve here in Thailand and Santa Claus has already begun his long series of flights delivering gifts to all of the good boys and girls in every corner of the world. This journey, via his technologically-advanced sleigh pulled by a total of nine reindeer (including the famous guide, Rudolph) will cover an estimated  316,899,308 miles (510,000,000 … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Santa’s Around-the-World Journey by Sleigh on Christmas Eve

A Month of Christmas: The Finnish Joulu

Jul or jol is the term used for the Christmas holiday season in most of Scandinavia and parts of Scotland. Originally, “jul” was the name of a month in the old Germanic calendar. The concept of “jul” as a period of time rather than a specific event prevailed in Scandinavia; in modern times, Jul is a period of time stretching from mid-November to mid-January, with … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: The Finnish Joulu

A Month of Christmas: Rudolph & Santa’s Other Reindeer

In traditional festive legend, reindeer pull a sleigh through the night sky to help Santa Claus deliver gifts to children on Christmas Eve. The commonly cited names of the eight reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen, based on those used in the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (commonly called “The Night Before Christmas”) by Clement Clarke Moore. The … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Rudolph & Santa’s Other Reindeer