Christmas Is a Time for Acts of Generosity

December 23, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Carole Cusack, professor of religious studies at the University of Sydney. To those who celebrate it, Christmas is as important as the history of Christianity itself. The religious and cultural celebration connects millions of people...

Charles Dickens Did Not Invent Christmas

December 23, 2017

The Victorian idea of Christmas pre-dates Dickens. What the writer did was bring an essentially rural celebration into an urban setting. At this time of year, readers worldwide turn to Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol in particular. Such is Dickens’ association with the season that a new...

Why Do Kids Believe in Santa Claus?

December 23, 2016

Given the lengths parents go to perpetuate the Santa myth, it would be irrational for children not to believe it. The holiday season is upon us, and so are its attendant myths, most prominent of which is the Santa Claus story. This is the time that many children are told about a man who lives...

The Allegory of the Canceled Christmas

December 22, 2013

The diplomatic spat between the US and India has unintended global consequences. Christmas seems unlikely to come for millions of children around the world this year, as an increasingly bitter dispute between Utopia and the Federal Democratic Republic of Lapland grows over the recent arrest and...