Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or Saint Nick?
Owen Connors talks about the 19th-century poem that created the modern image of Santa Claus.
get out of control (außer Kontrolle geraten)
"Where will Christmas lights appear next?": Colin Beaven shares his thoughts on a tradition he feels is out of control. Premium users and magazine subscribers can listen to the text for free.
"Over time, public holidays change their purpose": Mike Pilewski on Thanksgiving and other traditions.
Owen Connors describes the 2,000-year history of the Irish sport of hurling.
The environment, the royal family or the war dead?
"What could 'Scottish week' at the bank mean?" Dagmar Taylor looks at the use of a popular stereotype.
Who was Guy Fawkes? What famous historical event happened on 5 November? Read about what people in the UK do on and around this date, and then practise some of the vocabulary you've learned.
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