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22 08, 2017

St. Nicholas – Christian saints

By |2018-04-24T23:09:09-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Medieval, Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Nicholas hands the purses through the window to the poor girls (Chartres Cathedral, about 1200 AD) St. Nicholas is a Christian saint who is one source for the idea of Santa Claus. According to the story, Nicolas was born in the Roman Empire (in modern Turkey) about 270 AD. This was a time when a lot of people were [...]

14 08, 2017

Puritans – American religion

By |2017-08-14T15:33:52-07:00August 14th, 2017|Modern Europe, North America, Religion|0 Comments

A Puritan family about 1563 About 1563 AD, some people in England decided that they wanted to follow a way of life that they thought would be more according to what the Christian God wanted. They called themselves "the godly", but other people called them "Puritans." Puritan people, like Calvinists, thought only God decided whether you got into Heaven. [...]

14 08, 2017

American religion – history of religion

By |2018-04-09T23:07:32-07:00August 14th, 2017|Native American, North America, Religion|0 Comments

Rock Art from Utah, about 1700 AD In 1500 AD, there were many different religious faiths across North America. Each group of people worshipped their own gods. All of these faiths did have some things in common though. All of them were polytheistic. (They worshipped many gods.) And all of them thought some of their gods [...]

14 08, 2017

History of Halloween – American holidays

By |2018-10-02T10:13:05-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Religion|0 Comments

History of Halloween: Pumpkins growing When did Halloween get started? Halloween is a pretty new holiday - American children didn't start trick-or-treating on Halloween until about eighty years ago. Halloween is a combination of several different holiday traditions: Native American ones, Irish ones, and old Roman ones. What about Thanksgiving? More American holidays [...]

14 08, 2017

Christmas Trees – American holidays

By |2019-04-03T11:10:14-07:00August 14th, 2017|North America, Northern Europe, Religion|0 Comments

Christmas Tree in Germany (late 1700s, by Joseph Keller) Evergreens and the winter holidays Because Christmas is related to old celebrations of the winter solstice, evergreen trees have always been popular decorations in northern countries at Christmastime. They're green when everything else is dead and white. Why do the seasons change? More about Christmas American religion All our [...]

14 08, 2017

Christmas – American holiday

By |2019-04-02T09:57:29-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming (1300 AD) Native American origins of Christmas Even before 1500 AD, people in North America celebrated a winter religious festival when the days stopped getting shorter and began to get longer again. Native American religion Why are there seasons? All our Native American articles Many people built stone structures [...]

14 08, 2017

‘Twas the Night before Christmas – American poetry

By |2018-04-24T10:41:39-07:00August 14th, 2017|Literature, North America|0 Comments

Clement Moore A Visit from St. Nicholas (1823) 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their [...]

4 08, 2017

Francis of Assisi – Medieval Europe

By |2018-10-02T06:59:07-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Francis of Assisi gives his father back his clothes (Giotto, in Assisi) Who was Francis of Assisi? By 1200 AD, the Catholic Church was very powerful. Bishops and popes were often rich men. They cared more about getting rich collecting tithes than they did about praying or helping poor people. What is a bishop? What is the pope? History of [...]

4 08, 2017

Christmas in medieval Europe

By |2019-09-11T10:28:53-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Nativity mosaic (St. Maria in Trastevere, Rome ca. 1300 AD) showing the birth of Jesus on Christmas When did people start to celebrate Christmas? Beginning about 300 AD, people began to think that December 25th was the day when Jesus was born. So they celebrated that day as Christmas. Who was Jesus?  What's happening in 300 [...]

22 06, 2017

Where do oranges and lemons come from?

By |2019-09-14T06:38:36-07:00June 22nd, 2017|China|8 Comments

Oranges and lemons come from earlier fruits; this is a type of citron called Buddha's Hand Wild ancestors of oranges and lemons The first wild ancestors of oranges and lemons probably evolved in Australia and New Guinea. The first people probably began eating them soon after they arrived in Australia, about 30,000 BC. [...]