The 1968 Book That Tried to Predict the World of 2018

For every amusingly wrong prediction in “Toward the Year 2018,” there’s one unnervingly close to the mark.

The Fictional Presidential Candidate Who Promised to ‘Make America Great Again’

How a work of science fiction anticipated the coming of Trump.
Bill O'Reilly,

Why The 'War On Christmas' Just Isn't What It Used To Be

The battle between "Happy Holidays" and "Merry Christmas" goes way deeper than you think.
Sheet-music cover, circa 1836.

The Music I Love Is a Racial Minefield

How I learned to fiddle my way through America's deeply troubling history.
“Caught in the Act”: Santa sits atop a chimney (1900)
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Naughty & Nice: A History of the Holiday Season

Tracing the evolution of Christmas from a drunken carnival to the peaceful, family-oriented, consumeristic ritual we celebrate today.
First commercially produced Christmas card, 1843.
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A Brief History of the Holiday Card

Americans purchase approximately 1.6 billion holiday cards a year. Why is this tradition so popular?
R. H. Macy and Co. department store during the week before Christmas, New York, Dec. 1942.

In World War II America, Female Santas Took the Reins

Rosie the Riveter wasn’t the only woman who pitched in on the homefront.
Title page, first edition, Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas. (1843)

A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories

Though the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spirit.
An original arrangement of

“Jingle Bells” History Takes Surprising Turn

A researcher in Boston discovers that the beloved Christmas favorite was first performed in a Boston minstrel hall.
The original letter from then eight-year-old Virginia Hanlon sent to the New York Sun asking about if there was a Santa Claus, 1897.

The Journalist Who Understood The True Meaning Of Christmas

“Yes, Virginia” is the most reprinted newspaper piece in American history, and this guy wrote it.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, circa 1885.

‘Little House on the Prairie’ and the Truth About the American West

How a homesteading failure was transformed into a parable about the failures of big government.
Wallis Simpson, the last individual American woman to be named Time's person of the year, in 1936.

#MeToo? In 80 years, No American Woman Has Won Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ by Herself

The history of Time's 'Person of the Year' exemplifies the problem that led to this year's winner.