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Why do Christmas carolers walk around the neighborhood singing?

Christmas caroling is an age-old tradition. But how did it start? And why won't some carolers go until they get their figgy pudding? Learn about this peculiar but endearing holiday practice.


Ridiculous History: When the Puritans Said 'Bah Humbug' to Christmas in America

Christmas in America wasn't always observed with great fanfare — its pagan roots were loathed by many settlers. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Should We Rise Up Against the Elf on the Shelf?

Is it such a good idea to tell your kids that they're constantly being watched by a little doll, albeit one with elfin magic? See more »

9 Hideous Holiday Sweaters

Feeling festive? Check out nine pics of terrible holiday sweaters at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

'The Santa Myth': Childhood Fun or Dangerous Lie?

Is belief in Santa Claus a good thing or not? HowStuffWorks Now talked to psychologists and parents. See more »

10 Worst Things Ever to Happen at Christmas

The Holidays are supposed to be full of joy, but sometimes it isn't. Check out some of the worst things to ever happen on Christmas at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Tips for Properly Storing Christmas Decorations

Looking for some tips for storing Christmas decorations? Read our article 5 Tips for Properly Storing Christmas Decorations now and find out! See more »

10 Myths About Christmas

Christmas myths abound, despite the holiday's popularity with Christians and non-Christians alike. Learn the truth behind 10 myths about Christmas. See more »

The Krampus Gallery of Holiday Doom!

The Krampus represent the dark side of the holidays. Learn about the terrifying Krampus and their role in yuletide traditions. See more »

Christmas Tree Pictures

Is decorating a Christmas tree part of your annual holiday traditions? See pictures of beautiful Christmas trees in this image gallery. See more »

5 Ways to Survive the Holidays With Your Family: A Movie Lover's Guide

Who knew the keys to surviving the holidays were in your favorite movies? Read about how to survive the holidays with lessons from family movies. See more »