Winter Holidays

Major Celebrations

Advent: Nov. 30–Dec. 24
The start of the Christmas season
Hanukkah: Dec. 16–Dec. 24
The "festival of lights" celebrates Jewish triumphs
Christmas: Dec. 25
World's biggest festival has varied roots
Kwanzaa: Dec. 26
Honoring the values of ancient African cultures
New Year's: Jan. 1
Auld Lang Syne and other New Year's customs
Party Hat, Noisemaker, and Confetti

Special Features

Christmas Traditions
From Christmas trees to Christmas cards

Charlie Brown Christmas
The unlikely beginnings of a holiday classic

Names for Santa Around the World
Santa Claus or the "Christmas Gnome"?

Saying "Merry Christmas" Around the World
From Afrikaans to Welsh, 25 Christmas greetings

Celluloid Santas
Saint Nick's most famous appearances

Grinchy Trivia
Size up the movie, TV, and Dr. Seuss creations

Winter Holidays by the Numbers
From the U.S. Census Bureau

Winter Weather Across America
Nor'easter, ice storms, and other winter wonders
Winter Solstice
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2014, marks the solstice

For Kids: Understanding the Solstice
Did you ever wonder why the days are so long in the summer and so short in the winter?

Boxing Day
In Great Britain, the day after Christmas is a holiday, too

Winter Quotations
Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and others

Record Low Temperatures by State
From Alabama to Wyoming, record chills

Saying "Happy New Year!" Around the World
Voorspoedige nuwe jaar! and more

New Year's History
A move from March to January

New Year's Traditions
Auld Lang Syne and other New Year's customs

Winter Storms
Terms to know: blizzard warning, freezing rain, more

Holiday Fun Stuff

Christmas Customs Quiz
In Belgium, St. Nicholas pays
how many visits to each house?

A Charlie Brown Christmas Quiz
What does Lucy say she really
wants for Christmas?

Boxing Day Quiz
What major holiday does Boxing Day
Holidays Crossword
1 Across: Twinkly tree topper

The TV Grinch Quiz
What did the Grinch hate
about Christmas?

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Once upon a time—of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve—old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house . . .

Toy Trivia Quiz
Crayolas, Ken dolls, and Lego arithmetic
Holiday Word Search

Santa Claus Slider

Hanukkah Jigsaw Puzzle

Hanukkah Hangman

Christmas Hangman

Kwanzaa Word Search

Religions of the World

Judaism Christianity
Islam Hinduism
Buddhism Confucianism
Shintoism Taoism
Islam Primer

Judaism Primer

Top Ten Organized Religions of the World

Largest 25 U.S. Churches