The little drummer boy (origin and carol)

The song “The Little Drummer boy” is now world-renowned with many covers by a diverse range of artists that even hit Billboard’s singles charts. With the Pentatonix hit no 1 in the winter of 2013-2014, Harry Simeone Chorale appeared on Billboard’s Hot 100 multiple times from 1959-1963 and David Bowie and Bing Crosby hit no …

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The 12 days of Christmas (origin and meaning)

This is one famous carol for Christmas across the world. It is on the surface a song about gifts and love on each of the days following Christmas. Originally a poem by Catholic clerics to disguise teachings, it was sung to help Catholics, especially the younger ones to learn about their faith at a time …

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The Christmas tree (origin)

Before Christianity, ancient people in the Northern hemisphere used to hang evergreen on their door and windows. This is because the evergreen stayed, well, green all-year round, even during winter, representing the everlasting life. Some believed that it chased evil spirits, witches and ghosts. To accentuate those beliefs, around the 20 to 23 of December, …

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What can we learn from Émile Durkheim’s study of suicide in 2020?

In the age of Covid and lockdowns across the world, suicide has become yet again an issue facing so many. In the last few weeks or even months, you may have heard about the rising rate of suicide across the world related to the pandemic. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Center for Disease …

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