From counting down the days of December with an advent calendar to decking out a tree in decorations and lights, Christmas is a holiday that's full …
The Christmas tree is found all over the world today, but its history goes back to even before medieval Germans fully embraced the holiday tradition.
The evolution of red and green is a convoluted story. According to Arielle Eckstu, the coauthor of "The Secret Language of Color," both nature and Coca-Cola had a hand in shaping that history.
The Yule Log TV special, popularized by local NY station WPIX, has an interesting history. The Yule Log special was first broadcast in 1966. WPIX president Fred Thrower decided to air a "Christmas card," which was the burning Yule logs. It aired for three hours with no commercials, and the footage itself was only 17 seconds long.
Santa Claus dominates the media during the holiday season as a big-time brand influencer. But the corporate-shill Santa we know today wasn’t always like this. He used to be a poor monk in Turkey who initially wasn’t even associated with Christmas. But this all changed when a few upper-crust New Yorkers decided to rebrand the holiday as something more “tasteful.” They used poetry and political comics to make Santa the face of Christmas, and he has been ever since.
If Santa really delivered presents on Christmas Eve, he’d need to fly over a thousand times faster than the world’s faster jet fighter to visit about 240 million homes. Unfortunately, racing through the air at those blistering speeds would vaporize the reindeer, as the heat up the way a spacecraft does when it reenters the atmosphere. Meanwhile, a tremendous force tens of thousands of times stronger than gravity would pin Santa to the sleigh and smash him to jelly.
This is how artificial Christmas trees are made. The trees start with a steel frame and can come in different colors, tipped with "snow," or built to be several stories tall. Strips of green PVC plastic are cut into needles and then attached to the frame. Lights and ornaments are added on by hand and the tree is assembled. The Science Channel walks us through a factory bringing fake Christmas trees to life.
For almost 100 years, Hammond's Candies in Denver has produced handmade candy canes that are for sale at big retailers like Target and Whole Foods. Hammond's offers a wide variety of flavors, and all candies and chocolates are made and packaged by hand. Insider’s Joe Avella visited the factory to learn about Hammond’s history and the process of making its famous sweet treats.
This year's iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree was found in someone's yard in Oneonta, NY four years ago. To get the donated, 75-foot-tall tree to Manhattan took a team of dozens of workers, huge cranes, and a 115-foot trailer. While this year's Norway Spruce ended up as full and bright as past years', it had its fair share of viral moments, with an orphaned owl, COVID-19 restrictions, and rumors of tree extensions.