For years, Santa Claus has been busy “making his list and checking it twice,” but the man in the red suit has come a long way from his humble beginnings to the Santa the world knows and loves today.
Christmas trees are a beloved tradition for people all over the world, symbolizing the end of the year and the joy of the holiday season. Long thought of as a religious symbol, it may come as a surprise that the earliest origin of the Christmas tree dates back to ancient, paganistic rituals.
Oh, those wacky Swiss. As if those giant horns, yodeling, and Heidi weren’t crazy enough, consider the antics that transpire around New Year’s Eve in the tiny Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, in North-East Switzerland.
Santa Claus Village, located about 5 miles (8 km) northeast of Rovaniemi in Finland, is one of the world’s top Christmas destinations. Thousands of people flock to this glittering, snow-covered site each year to cross the Arctic Circle, meet with Santa Claus at his actual “office” and experience the magic of Lapland.