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The Genealogy of Santa Claus: Santa's Family Tree

What figures from Santa's past have had an impact on who he is today?

Why Does My African Family Have an English Name?

Dear Professor Gates: Both of my parents were born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia. For much of my life I thought that I was a mix of indigenous and Americo-Liberian ancestry. This summer I did the…

Babies made from three people approved in UK

Babies made from two women and one man win approval from the UK's fertility regulator.

How did Queen Victoria and Prince Albert popularise Christmas?

Many of our favourite Christmas traditions, from trees to turkeys, were made fashionable in Victorian England by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

6 Forgotten Christmas Traditions We Should Bring Back

Some things are definitely best left in the (Christmas) past. Not all of them, though…

Rediscovering Obama’s Irish Roots

In a tiny Irish village, one man will always be President.

Here comes Santa Claus: a visual history of Saint Nick – in pictures

See how the great man has morphed from Nikolaos the wonder-worker in the fourth century to the jolly man in red we know and love today ... get ready for frescoes, stick-em-ups and Norman Rockwell

Circuses, Magic and Hypnotism: Welcome to the World of Victorian Entertainment

See what the Victorians did for fun.

Two Newlyweds Combine Their Last Names to Make a New One

Kristine Wick and Jason Wagner will soon be the Wickners. A newly married couple from British Columbia is making beautiful music together in the form a surname mashup. Kristine Gick and her…

In China, Searching to Fill Mysterious Gaps in the Family Tree

China’s revolution made it difficult for Chinese abroad to stay in contact with their families. Now many in the diaspora are searching for their roots.







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