Welcome To Holiday Fires

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

Thanksgiving

The Story of the Pilgrims

The First Thanksgiving Feast

The Creation of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Presidential Pardon of Turkeys

Thanksgiving Football

The Turkey

 

Christmas

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

 

Halloween

The History of Halloween (external site)

 

All material is copyright 2010 by John Retzer

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