How the Days of the Week Got Their Names

21 Jan

A week is a period of seven days by which most of us arrange our schedules. From working to socializing, we have our days organized from Monday until Sunday. But have you ever wondered how the days of the week got named in English? More>>

Incredible Secrets We Only Recently Discovered About Earth

14 Jan

You could be forgiven for thinking that human beings know all there is to know about our planet by now. Far from it. In fact, every year we’re still making incredible new discoveries, whether that’s describing new animal species or digging up incredible archaeological finds. And as these examples go to show, there’s still plenty left to be curious about right here on planet Earth. More>>

14 Classic New Year’s Eve Traditions We Learned from Our Grandparents

31 Dec

As we look ahead to 2022, we’re also reflecting on the good old days. While New Year’s may be all about looking ahead, there’s something undeniably nostalgic about the holiday that falls at midnight on December 31. After all, the iconic New Year’s Eve song “Auld Lang Syne” roughly translates to “old long since,” or “times gone by.” There are so many interesting and classic New Year’s Eve traditions that your grandparents probably practiced each and every year, from New Year decorations to classy New Year’s Eve dinner ideas and New Year’s superstitions, that we wish would make a comeback. If you agree, we’ve got the best New Year’s Eve traditions right here to help ring in 2022. More>>

The Best New Christmas Songs of 2021: from Ed Sheeran and Elton John to Abba

24 Dec

It’s an annual muso moan that there are “no new Christmas songs” getting heard. But it’s sure not for a lack of effort – every year dozens of hopefuls, from wannabe pop idols to unlikely genre masters, attempt to cash in on the holiday cheer. We simply forget them come January and whip out the same outdated compilations next time the tinsel comes out. Which of these songs are memorable enough to make it on to 2022’s playlist? More>>

7 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays on a Budget

17 Dec

For millions of Americans, the holidays are a season of spending. In 2020, the average American household spent $998 on holiday expenses[i] like gifts, entertainment and decorations. The figures are set to be even higher in 2021, with 53% of consumers planning to increase their spending by $100 to $500. Who can blame them? We’re bombarded by ads encouraging us to spend big throughout the season and after all, we want to give memorable gifts to our loved ones. So, here’s the question: How do you keep your spending from getting too hot without throwing cold water on the holiday spirit? Here are a few ways to spread some holiday cheer without breaking the bank: More>>

50 Affordable White Elephant Gift Ideas That Everyone Will Want to Steal

10 Dec

You never know what to expect from a white elephant gift exchange and really, that’s what makes it fun. But if you’re going to participate, then you want to show up with something that you know will lead to an all-out stealing war (it’s the name of the game!). The key: Finding a white elephant gift that’s perfectly funny, gag-worthy and still practical enough for everyday life (in one way or another). More>>

Hanukkah Dates, Traditions, History, and More

3 Dec

Hanukkah (also spelled “Chanukah”) is an eight-day winter “festival of lights,” which begins each year on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. This year, Hanukkah begins on Sunday, November 28, at sundown and continues through Monday, December 6. Read on to learn more about the history, how the holiday is celebrated, and a few recipes to try. More>>