The Festive Season

The Festive Season


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In this issue we discover the histories behind some of our favourite Christmas traditions, and ways that people in bygone times celebrated the festive season!

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A Merry Tale of Christmas Traditions
By Sian Johnson
From Christmas trees to candy canes to Boxing Day, discover the history of your favourite Christmas traditions.

Oscar's Colonial Christmas
By Gary Campbell
Oscar has just arrived in the dusty Australian bush after a long journey from England, just in time for Christmas. But an Australian Christmas is not what he was expecting it to be!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Christmas Truce Poem
By Sharyn McCrae
To the tune of a famous Chrismas poem, Sharyn tells the incredible story of the Christmas Truce of World War I.

Happy Hanukkah
By Lucy Singer
Christmas isn't the only significant religious event celebrated each December - the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is too, and it has a fascinating history.

The Roman Army: A Training Manual
By Sandi Rivers
Learn about the life of a soldier in the Roman Army. Do you have what it takes?

Shhh... Secret Agents: Spies, Gadgets and Top Secrets of the Cold War
By Christian Jaros
A pipe that's actually a tiny gun, a pen that doubles as a camera... Nothing was too sneaky for the secret agents of the Cold War!

Barbie: A History of the Most Famous Doll in the World
By Brittany Roebuck
With over one billion dolls sold since her release in 1959, Barbie is as popular as her history is interesting!

It's Raining Cats and Dogs
Is the saying 'it's raining cats and dogs' based on something that actually happened? Find out in this article!

Famous People on Australian Banknotes
By Olivia Rivers, 12 (Junior Historian)
In her winning entry to the HistoriCool Junior Historian program, Olivia delves into the history of the faces we find in our wallets.

It's Car-nage!
In Sebtember 1967, Sweden swapped from driving on the left to the right-hand-side of the road. Was it carnage?

Louis Braille: A Blind Visionary
A look at the life of the man who made the world better for sight-impaired people around the globe.

Pee-ew! The Great Stink!
When the many thousands of residents of London are emptying their waste into the River Thames, you can probably imaging the smell...

My History... with Andy Griffiths
We chat to the awesome author of The 39-Storey Treehouse about his past, present and future!

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