Christmas

From St Nicholas to Santa Claus

He’s a man of many names – Saint Nicholas, Nikolaos of Myra, Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Nikolaos of Bari, Sinterklaas and of course, Santa Claus. As well as becoming the figure we associate with Christmas gift-giving, St Nicholas is also the patron saint of sailors (being known as ‘Lord of the Sea’ in Greece), merchants, archers, […]

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Boys having a snowball fightCredit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Imagesimages@wellcome.ac.ukhttp://images.wellcome.ac.ukA snowballing scene with 9 boys playing in the snow and 2 small girls watching them from a gap in the wooden fence. Behind them are trees, fields and a church. This may have been sent locally as a Christmas card. On the reverse of the picture is an advertisement for Onnen's German Fever and Arue Mixture.1890s Compliments of D.F. Onnen, pharmacist :D. F. OnnenPublished: 1890sCopyrighted work available under Creative Commons by-nc 2.0 UK

Will it really be a Merry Christmas?

OK, so it’s that time of year, whether you like it or loathe it, I’m going to mention it – Christmas. There, I’ve said it, it’s out in the open now. Whilst countries across Europe share some traditions with each other, many are different, and yet more are developed within the family unit.  Watch this […]

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Season’s Greetings from Europeana

All of us at Europeana would like to wish you a cheerful festive season and a Happy New Year! Thanks for supporting Europeana in 2011 and we hope you continue to explore European culture and heritage with us in 2012. We have some exciting developments coming next year and we are looking forward to sharing […]

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5 December: Sinterklaas

Here in the Hague, the tension rises (and not just because we have the CCPA Annual General Meeting in Rotterdam tomorrow). According to Dutch tradition, on the evening of December 5,  Sinterklaas is delivering his presents to every child’s home.  Sinterklaas (or more formally Sint Nicolaas ) is a traditional winter holiday figure still celebrated today in  the Netherlands, Belgium and some formerly […]

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