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Not just for Christmas: 7 facts about reindeer
Everyone knows reindeer are the archetypal Christmas animal, but does anyone really know anything about them? Apart from the fact that they have antlers and pull sleighs, that is. Well, here are some facts about this very festive animal (along with plenty of adorable photos).
Fata Morgana: A wintry optical illusion
No, it’s not the offspring of a celebrity. It’s a pretty cool illusion that takes place when temperatures are also pretty cool – well, actually, very cool. Cold, in fact. Freezing cold.
Tió de Nadal: The pooping Catalonian Christmas log
The Tió de Nadal tradition is found in Catalonia, and I think it’s fair to say it’s a little odd to an outsider like me.
Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Christmas in Germany
Every year, thousands of Brits take the short journey over to Germany during the festive season to explore the markets and enjoy the beautiful Christmassy atmosphere. To me, it’s the home of Christmas, and they definitely do it best. The decorations, the food, the traditions, the castles with snow on them – perfection!
3 festive beverage recipes from around the world
It’s mulled wine season! My exclamation mark suggests that I’m thrilled by this but, to be honest, I’m not that fussed. Heating the wine just seems to accelerate the hangover feelings for me. No one wants that. So, this year I shall be trying these three alternative festive drinks from around the world instead. Not all at once.
Zellige: Morocco’s beautiful yet flawed mosaics
We tend to take tiles for granted in Britain. To us, they’re just the go-to wall covering for bathrooms and kitchens, mainly because they’re waterproof and easily wipe-cleanable. But in Morocco, tiles are put to far more aesthetically pleasing uses.
Naga fireballs: The Mekong river’s strange glowing balls
Every October, Asia’s Mekong River is particularly unpeaceful – not because of hydroelectric dams or floating markets (although it does have those things), but because the river appears to be spontaneously releasing balls of fire up into the sky.