Friday link roundup 12/25

A heartwarming story of when a mother told her daughter the truth about Santa Claus, about the importance of tradition and family.

I wasn’t aware until I read this article that Puritans banned the public celebration of Christmas for a generation.

9 Winter Holiday Folktales from Around the World.

An arts and crafts project:  a how-to on preserving a dried dandelion in resin.

I’ve been listening to the soundtrack of the new Broadway musical Hamilton, which uses hip-hop and other kinds of music to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton.  NPR talks with the actor who plays Aaron Burr, the vice president who is best known for killing Hamilton in a duel.

A video of an Icelandic band singing a 13th century hymn in a train station.  I think it’s stunning.




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