Christmas Culture Geography Grapevine's Atlas History

Cold as Dickens

Dickensian London is iconic, but its plentiful snowdrifts bear little resemblance to the modern city. Is this artistic license? Or are Tiny Tim’s environs evidence of a centuries-long frosty period that gave us Frankenstein, witchcraft, and America?

Christmas History

Who Stole Christmas?

Are our favorite traditions Christian, pagan, or something else entirely?


The Christmas Collection

In lieu of a new podcast, let’s look back on the classics. A huge burning goat, Japan’s holiday KFC rituals, the man who poops twelve feet from Jesus, and, of course, Santa Claus.

Christmas Culture Geography

Catalonia’s Coprophilic Christmas

Every Christmas, Catalonia prides itself on being fun, festive, and full of shit.