Holidays and Celebrations

A person wearing a Santa Claus outfit gestures at a Christmas fair.

The Science Of Santa Claus

Bruce Hall's latest children's book attempts to answer the hypothetical science behind Santa Claus.

 | By Casey Mendoza

A man is silhouetted against Christmas lights reflected off a pond as he walks through a park

The Best Holiday Lights And Decor From Coast To Coast

Newsy's Jason Bellini takes a look at some of the best holiday light displays at homes around the country.

 | By Jason Bellini

A family chooses a Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree Rental Business Creates Growth Opportunities

The trees are reused, compared to the millions of trees cut down in the U.S. each year that often end up in landfills.

 | By Jason Bellini

Owner of Simon's Tavern, Scott Martin

An Inside Look At How Scandinavian Christmas Glögg Is Made

It's a staple in Swedish households and a neighborhood favorite at one of the oldest bars in Chicago.

 | By Lauren Magarino

Hallmark winter holiday movies

Hundreds Of Holiday Movies Hitting The Small Screen This Season

Companies like Hallmark, Lifetime, AMC and more have a whole new slate of holiday themed films just in time for the season.

 | By Casey Mendoza

21-year-old River Beck with Santa

Sensory Santa Helps People With Special Needs Celebrate Holiday Season

People with autism might prefer less stimulation, but Santa Claus believes all of us share the same need to be seen, loved and cared for.

 | By Isabella Basco

The Tom Turkey float moves down Sixth Avenue during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Returns

After being crimped by the coronavirus pandemic last year, the holiday tradition returned in full Thursday, though with precautions.

 | By Associated Press

Ali Shon Kelly

Montanans Call On Lawmakers To Honor Indigenous Peoples' Day

Earlier this year, two bills that would have established Indigenous Peoples' Day in Montana failed.

 | By Maritsa Georgiou

A woman holds a sign for Indigenous Peoples Day during a demonstration and march

The Shift From Columbus Day To Indigenous Peoples Day

Christian Bryant dives into how people are reflecting on Indigenous Peoples Day and what mask mandates look like on tribal lands.

 | By Newsy Staff

President Joe Biden gestures on the North Lawn of the White House

President Biden Declares Indigenous Peoples' Day

The goal is to shift the Columbus Day holiday to an appreciation of Native peoples.

 | By Associated Press

Juneteenth Mural

Texas Mural Sheds Light On The Significance Of Juneteenth

A Texas historian with the Juneteenth Legacy Project helped lead the charge to create the mural.

 | By Scripps

President Biden signs a law Thursday designating Juneteenth as a federal holiday

President Biden Signs Bill Creating Federal Juneteenth Holiday

Juneteenth, celebrated June 19th, is the date when the last enslaved Black Americans in Texas finally learned they were free following the Civil War.

 | By Nathaniel Reed

World Cancer Day signs

World Cancer Day Raises Awareness Of Disease And Prevention

First lady Jill Biden spoke with researchers at the National Cancer Institute on World Cancer Day.

 | By Newsy Staff

A 2015 study showed 62 percent of Americans stress over things like scheduling, money & staying healthy during the holidays.

The Difference Between Holiday Blues And True Anxiety Or Depression

There's a difference between feeling down or stressed around the holidays, and an actual mental health condition. What can you do to help with either?

 | By Lindsey Theis

Mai Kakish and Abeer Najjar, two Arab women chefs who helped spearhead #AprilIsForArabFood

How Two Arab Women Chefs Are Celebrating #AprilIsForArabFood

Using the hashtag, they share their culture and traditions while countering stereotypes of Arabs in the news media.

 | By Ben Schamisso

Thanksgiving turkey

What We Know About The Origins Of Thanksgiving

Historians disagree on the details of the first Thanksgiving, but there are a few things we know about how it started.

 | By James Packard

Not Into Valentine's Day? Celebrate Taco Tuesday Instead

Who needs love when you have tacos?

 | By Tyler Fine

Santas run in the snow

We Lie To Whole Generations Of Kids About Santa, And That's Fine

The Santa Claus myth doesn't appear to do any harm — and it can actually help kids with their critical thinking skills.

 | By Evan Thomas

Collage of Newsy reporters

Different Table, Different Story: Let's Talk Thanksgiving Traditions

From turkey (roasted or fried) to cranberry sauce (canned or fresh), some Thanksgiving traditions are quintessential.

 | By Newsy Staff

A sign that says "Closed Election Day"

Why Isn't Election Day A Holiday?

Tuesday isn't exactly a convenient day for most people to vote.

 | By Kate Grumke

A bowl of Cheerios.

Hold The Bacon: March 7 Is National Cereal Day

You can mark the occasion by digging in to one of these best-selling breakfast cereals.

 | By Katherine Biek

Out With 'Columbus Day,' In With 'Indigenous Peoples Day'

Native American communities are pushing for Columbus Day to be renamed "Indigenous Peoples Day," and several cities are listening.

 | By Katie Link

National Doughnut Day, One Of 365 Made-Up Food Days

June 5 was National Doughnut Day, created by The Salvation Army. But it's just one day out of more than 365 food holidays.

 | By Jasmine Bailey

Where'd The Bunny Come From? Easter Explained

Yes, Easter is fun, and the candy and the bunny are all great. But what does any of it have to do with this Christian holiday? Newsy Explains.

 | By Jamal Andress

A Krampus Story: Austria's Terrifying Christmas Tradition

Before St. Nicholas' Day, Austrians take to the streets as Krampus, a demon who terrifies naughty children.

 | By Christian Bryant

There's How Many Calories In A Thanksgiving Dinner?!

The Calorie Control Council released an estimate of the number of calories in an average Thanksgiving dinner, and the number might shock you.

 | By Nathan Giannini

Thanksgivukkah, The Rarest Holiday

This year, Thanksgiving falls on the first day of the Festival of Lights, a rare combination that won't happen again for nearly 80,000 years.

 | By Christina Honan