Welcome To Holiday Fires

For students, teachers and the curious, Holiday Fires offers notes and queries on the origins of our holiday traditions


The Story of the Pilgrims

The First Thanksgiving Feast

The Creation of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Presidential Pardon of Turkeys

Thanksgiving Football

The Turkey



The History of Santa Claus

The History of the Christmas Tree

When Oliver Cromwell Banned Christmas


Valentines’ Day

The History of Valentines’ Day

The History of Valentine’s Day Cards

The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre



The History of Halloween (external site)


All material is copyright 2010 by John Retzer

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