The History and Origins of Santa Claus

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Santa’s had a long and bumpy road on his way to becoming a modern icon, but now that he’s here he doesn’t look likely to leave anytime soon. In a world that so often lacks any magic, Santa provides a doorway into a realm of imagination and wonderment. Join us as we trace his origins in Greek myth, Catholic tradition, Norse paganism, and the wilds of the human imagination. [Read more...]

Everything Yule & Christmas (Rituals, History, and More!)

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The Holiday Season is a rush of social obligations, family moments, shopping, and rituals. Raise the Horns brings you resources for your every holiday need. [Read more...]

Christmas Traditions: Pagan or Christian?

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Christmas has long been a combination of both Christian and ancient pagan elements, but where did the individual traditions we associate with the holiday come from? Are they all Christian? Are they all pagan? Maybe some of them are a bit of both . . . . [Read more...]

Christmas Is Not Yours or Mine: The True Origins of the Holiday Season

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Every year I hear the same refrain “Put Christ back in Christmas,” and every year I shake my head. No one faith owns Christmas, it’s a combination of various elements, some pagan, some Christian, some Jewish, and some cultural. Christmas is not yours or mine, it simply is, and it belongs to anyone who cherishes it. [Read more...]


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