One of the best holiday traditions in the world is the Christmas market, made famous by the Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany. But there are plenty of amazing holiday markets throughout the US, too. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco, California, is inspired by “A Christmas Carol.” Enchant Christmas […]
New York City is one of the most festive places to visit during the holidays, but some experiences are overrated. A combination of crowds, barricades, and tight security make the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony a tight squeeze. Skaters have to try not to bump into one another at ice skating […]
Christmas traditions vary depending on weather, culture, or location. Minnesota has a large population of Scandinavian people, so they celebrate with lutefisk, a traditional Nordic food. In New Mexico, wreaths are often made up of dried chiles. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Christmas is celebrated very differently throughout the […]
Being Santa Claus involves more than wearing a red suit. Aspiring professional Santa Clauses attend Santa Claus school, where they learn everything from the history of Father Christmas to how to whiten their beards, Vox reported. Being Santa Claus doesn’t come cheap – one Santa pays $US750 to import his […]
It’s been 30 years since “Home Alone” came out, but the film is still widely beloved, especially around the holidays. Fans may not know that Macaulay Culkin improvised one of the film’s most iconic moments. The cast almost looked a little different, and Culkin’s brother also made a guest appearance. […]
The White House has unveiled this year’s Christmas decorations. The official theme is “American Treasures.” The first family’s official holiday card and ornament join the elaborate installations on display throughout the White House’s main rooms and public areas. Each year, the halls of America’s most well-known address get decked out […]
Amazon’s first Black Friday sale in Australia showed we’re a nation with a keen eye for a detergent bargain. In order, the deal most Amazon Australia shoppers went for was the “save up to 35% off select Video Games” link. Out of that came the best-selling product, Red Dead Redemption […]
Members of the royal family apparently weigh themselves before and after Christmas dinner. That’s according to royal biographer and commentator Ingrid Seward, who spoke to Grazia about their traditions. The ritual apparently dates back to the early 1900s when King Edward VII was concerned people weren’t eating enough. The weigh-in […]
Markle and Bublé met at a dinner party hosted by Jessica Mulroney in November 2015. The now Duchess wrote on her blog that the singer was “one hell of a dinner companion.” Bublé created a playlist of Christmas tunes for the actress, which she shared with her fans. He’s the […]
Around the holidays, many people report feeling happier and say they’re filled with the “holiday spirit.” Researchers found that the brain responds positively to holiday-themed images. Psychologists say nostalgic memories from our childhood also play a role in proving the holiday spirit’s validity. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Save […]
Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Holiday cards are a great way to spread the love to your family and friends this holiday season, so we’ve rounded up the best places to buy cards online. The selection holiday cards at Simply to Impress makes it easy to create your own designs […]
If you’re spending the holidays with your partner’s family for the first time, be polite and thoughtful without trying too hard. Ask your partner beforehand about family members you can befriend. It’s also a chance to learn more about your partner’s relationship with their family. Visit Insider’s homepage for more […]
Black Friday is looming, which means that holiday shopping is about to consume your every waking minute. INSIDER has got you covered on gift guides if you’re looking to do your shopping online. But what about those brave souls who march into a department store in the middle of December? […]
The holiday season is approaching, making it a great time to tune in to holiday movies. But, not all Christmas movies fill critics and audiences with joy and holiday spirit. Here are some of the worst holiday movies of all time according to Rotten Tomatoes critics and audiences. Some feel […]
The royal family opens their Christmas presents on Christmas Eve during teatime at the queen’s private estate. They spend Christmas morning at their annual 45-minute church service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. This is followed by a big buffet-style dinner later in the evening. The idea of Christmas […]
Deloitte’s 2018 Retailers’ Christmas Survey finds 80% of retailers expect to see higher sales compared to last year, with 41% predicting growth of 5% or more. Many (62%) will be discounting to help drive sales, but only after Christmas Day. And the majority (83%) believe Amazon won’t have any impact […]
Everyone has their favourite Christmas movie, whether that’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “Die Hard.” But did you know that you can visit some of these destinations in real life? The house from “A Christmas Story” has been converted into a museum honouring the movie, and the Plaza Hotel from […]
Fans of the movie “Elf” can now eat a version of an infamous breakfast dish popularised in the film. Served at Virgin Hotels Chicago’s Miss Ricky’s, it will be available until Christmas day. The “Spaghetti Sundae” dish consists of spaghetti topped with marshmallows, S’mores Pop-Tarts, strawberry and raspberry sauce, M&Ms, […]
In a perfect world, we would all be Peter McCallister from “Home Alone.” We would all have grand, picturesque homes where we could celebrate the holidays with family members across the tree. Everyone, well, most everyone, would commune in perfect harmony, no one would berate each other with their politics, […]
Starbucks is currently offering five holiday drinks: the Peppermint Mocha, the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, the Eggnog Latte, the Chestnut Praline Latte, and the Caramel Brulée Latte. I tried them all. While they’re all sweet enough to please even the biggest sugar enthusiast, the winner was one of the least […]
Smirnoff recently released four booze-filled glass ornaments. The limited edition ornaments contain the brand’s signature No. 21 vodka. They baubles hold 750 mL and cost about $US12.99 each, depending on location. Smirnoff is officially getting into the holiday spirit with their latest release- oversized decorative ornaments that are filled with […]
Aldi’s wine Advent calendars first debuted in the UK in 2017. The wine Advent calendar is now available in the US. The calendar has 24 bottles of wine and prices vary based on location. Aldi also offers a cheese Advent calendar at a lower cost. It may be too early […]
Travel search engine Kayak looked at flight data from last year to predict the best times to travel around Christmas this year. According to Kayak’s data, you’ll get the cheapest flights – both domestic and international – if you’re willing to fly on Christmas eve or Christmas day. The priciest […]
People around the world eagerly anticipate the holidays each year. The red and green decorations go up, hot chocolate is a preferred drink, and festive music plays in every possible store. There’s no shortage of holiday songs, from old classics like Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” to newer […]
Starbucks’ holiday cups hit stores on Friday. The coffee giant is trying to be extra-festive this year, kicking off its holiday season more than a week earlier than last year. We rounded up 20 years of Starbucks’ holiday cups to see how this year’s options stack up against past designs. […]
Disney around the holidays is even more amazing than it is year-round. From the rides that get a spooky makeover during Halloween to “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party,” Disney goes all out with its holiday celebrations. Keep scrolling to see the magical makeovers Disney gets between Halloween and New Year’s […]
Megyn Kelly is no stranger to controversy – earlier this week she defended blackface during a Halloween segment on “Megyn Kelly Today” and now reports say she’ll be leaving NBC. The news anchor, journalist, and TV show host also made a controversial statement about Santa Claus’ ethnicity on Fox News […]
Iceland has released Christmas tree flavour crisps for the holiday season. The crisps are infused with pine oil and pine salt to give them their distinctive flavour. Each Christmas British supermarkets compete to release ever more ridiculous flavoured products. This year the crown has been taken by Iceland, which has […]
There’s no better place to celebrate the most wonderful time of year than at one of the Disney theme parks. From fun concerts featuring your favourite Disney characters to extravagant firework displays over Cinderella’s Castle, the most magical place on Earth truly comes alive during November and December. These photos […]
MAC released its first ever beauty advent calendar on Thursday. The “Shiny Pretty Things” calendar is on sale in the UK for £125 ($US164). It boasts 24 products, including cult favourites like MAC’s “Ruby Woo” lipstick. It is unclear whether it will become available in the US. MAC has released […]
To find the best places to visit in December 2018, Business Insider looked at climate data, cultural calendars, and peak travel times. December offers all kinds of travel experiences, from unforgettable Christmas and New Year’s celebrations to relaxing getaways on tropical islands. The best places to visit in December include […]
You might still be deciding what to buy from Lush’s glow-in-the-dark Halloween launch, but the beauty brand is already preparing for the winter holidays. Lush‘s newest collection, the Lush Holiday Range, is filled with over 60 holiday-themed bath products, amd will include body lotions, bath bombs, lip scrubs, and more. […]
The number of Christmas job opportunities being posted is tracking twice as high as last year. And workers are searching for casual roles earlier than in the past, with search activity up 20% in August. Job seekers should be proactive. Opportunities begin to disappear in November because businesses finalise Christmas […]
The peak hiring period for Christmas jobs is during September and October. More than two thirds (67%) of Christmas job opportunities in Australia are in retail, according to analysis by jobs site Indeed. Consumer expectations and developments in technology are changing the way retailers operate and their expectations of staff. […]
Holiday parties where you know virtually no one can be awkward, especially if you’re not sure how to start a conversation. You could rely on the classic, “So what do you do for a living?” – but then you run the risk of coming off as the least interesting or […]
A computer glitched in a lottery game in South Carolina on Christmas Day for two hours. Many people noticed and bought multiple $US500 winning tickets. The lottery decided to set aside $US19.6 million to possibly give to holders of the mistaken winning tickets. On Christmas day for about two hours, […]
HQ Trivia set a record on Christmas Day, as 730,000 people competed for a $US2,000 jackpot. The day before, an average of 550,000 players competed in two games with unusually high $US12,000 jackpots. That’s around twice as many people as usually log on to the four-month-old app, which seemed to […]
Monopoly is a family favourite to play over the holidays. But you’ve probably been playing some “house rules,” rather than sticking to the official ones. Here are some of the most common rules we’ve made up over the years. Over the Christmas period, it’s likely you’ll bust out the Monopoly […]
Every year, PNC calculates the real-world prices of all the gifts in the “12 Days of Christmas” carol. Their so-called Christmas Price Index rose 0.6% this year, driven by higher costs of pear trees, more demand for gold rings, and higher wages for Lords-a-leaping. While it’s frivolous, PNC’s index mirrors […]
Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians died in the first months of World War I, which changed the way war was waged. The war was supposed to be over by Christmas of 1914, but by December the war was stuck in the gruesome trench warfare WWI is known for. […]
President Donald Trump fielded calls from children tracking Santa’s whereabouts with the “NORAD Tracks Santa” program on Sunday. Trump told one child “I always loved building blocks,” and another that “your grandma’s gonna be good, OK, she’s gonna be good.” The NORAD tradition has continued for more than six decades. […]
Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year. All across the United States, civilians will light up Christmas, stockings will be hung, and the front lawns of countless homes are brightened up by some truly impressive Christmas lights. The men and women of the world’s militaries don’t […]
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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took to Twitter on Saturday to celebrate Festivus in what has become something of a yearly tradition for him. Paul took aim at Fox News, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump, and some of his Republican colleagues. The “airing of grievances” is an […]
Christmas is a special time for people all over the world. While the holiday can be celebrated in many different ways, perhaps no custom is more important than the time-honored Christmas Eve or Christmas Day meal. Still, these meals vary greatly depending on where they’re taking place. Inspired by this […]
• The holiday season is upon us – meaning many Americans will be taking some time off from work. • Business Insider looked into how everyone can make the most of a holiday break. • Being intentional about your time and ensuring you’re able to relax and unwind is key. […]
The first family sends staff and supporters a holiday card every year. The White House’s annual tradition dates back to 1927. President Donald Trump’s three cards are very similar, all wishing people a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” with a simple background. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. While […]
The Yule Log special was first broadcast in 1966. WPIX president Fred Thrower decided to air a “Christmas card,” which was the burning Yule logs. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator: November 1966: local New York TV station WPIX had nothing […]
Giving gifts is psychologically more rewarding than getting gifts, according to science. Even if you can’t afford much, the science has found small donations of time or money can still make people happier. If you want to maximise your holiday cheer, don’t hope for more presents under the tree. According […]
Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS, sent out his annual Christmas poem. The poem recaps the year’s financial highlights, as well as its top sports and celebrity moments. Legendary New York Stock Exchange floor trader and director of floor operations for UBS Art Cashin just sent out his […]
The evolution of red and green as Christmas colours is a convoluted story. According to Arielle Eckstut, the coauthor of “The Secret Language of Colour,” both nature and Coca-Cola had a hand in shaping that history. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video. […]
There are a lot of neglectful and thoughtless parents in Christmas movies. Films like “Home Alone,” “Jack Frost,” and “The Grinch” are some prime examples of not-so-great parents in Christmas movies. More often than not, Christmas movies are thought to be full of merriment. But there’s one concerning trend in […]
Rome’s skeletal public Christmas tree has earned a disparaging nickname. Locals are reportedly calling the “lo Spelacchio” (“The Mangy One”). It reportedly cost the city around €48,000 (£42,400) and is now under investigation. The tree has drawn further criticism of the governing abilities of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which […]
• Starting with Bill O’Reilly in the early 2000s, many figures on the American political right have argued that there is an ongoing war on Christmas. • Observers have questioned the reality of such a conflict, given the holiday’s prominent place in US culture. • But throughout history, governments and […]
The Bank of England’s festive quiz returns for another year. Compiled by staff writing on the bank’s Bank Underground blog, it asks Christmas-themed questions about economics and monetary policy. Test yourself on the 10 questions at the Bank Underground’s website. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The time […]
Selecting wines to accompany Christmas repasts can be extremely challenging. Inevitably, the cellarmaster must successfully cater to a diverse range of tastes, appreciation levels and budgets. No mean feat when providing for larger groups of family and friends. The festivities dictate that the wines served shouldn’t be pontificated about and […]
December means homes across America are decking the halls, and the nation’s most famous address is no exception. The White House has been decorated every December since John and Abigail Adams held the first White House Christmas party in 1800. The decorations have only gotten more elaborate with time. These […]
This Christmas doesn’t have that one hot gift, a toy or plaything everyone wants. Citi analysts, in a note to clients, say there are popular items and toys but they are similar to the ones in 2016. “Christmas 2017 lacks the killer gift,” the analysts write. Hatchimals were the hot […]
We’ve given you some dos and don’ts for exchanging gifts at the office. But if you’re still undecided on what you should get your coworkers this year, perhaps knowing what not to give is a good place to start. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder, conducted online by Harris […]
Christmas trees can be found all over the world today, but medievalGermans were the first to fully embrace the holidaytradition. Even before that, many cultures, including ancient Egyptians, worshipped evergreen trees and branches as a symbol of eternal life. Watch the video above to see how pagans “decked the halls” […]
Every year, the Queen gives each member of her staff a Christmas pudding. This year, the puddings are from Tesco at a cost of £8 ($US10.73) each. They used to come from Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. Long-serving members of staff also receive vouchers. The Royal family are no strangers […]
Candles are an easy gift for people who are hard to buy for. But as it turns out not many people actually like receiving them. A recent survey by Virgin Mobile asked 1,000 Australians what they considered the worst gifts to receive come Christmas time. According to the results, 2 […]
Ever experience terrible service from a grumpy salesperson? It sucks, right? And it’s contagious, dragging consumers down with them. It happens a lot and let’s face it, some testy moments between the customer and shop attendant are inevitable during the Christmas chaos. But is it really the entire fault of […]
An Emirates test flight over Germany got a little festive when the pilot of the A380 traced the outline of a Christmas tree in the skies. Live flight tracking website Flightradar24 charted the aircraft’s path through the skies above Europe. The jet took off from Hamburg’s Finkenwerder airport at 12.47pm […]
Airbus used an A380 on a test flight to draw the outline of Christmas tree over Europe. The plane will soon be delivered to Emirates. On Wednesday, Airbus took a brand new A380 superjumbo on a test flight over Europe. Instead of charting some arbitrary route, the test pilots decided […]
Donald Trump has vowed to rid America of the phrase “Happy holidays.” Polls show that most Americans don’t care whether people say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy holidays.” But to the few who are passionate about the issue, “Happy holidays” makes them feel their religion is being attacked. There are two […]
Christmas tree vendors always pop up around New York City after Thanksgiving. The Gilmartins are an Alaskan family who spend the holidays selling evergreens in Manhattan, and have for 21 years. They sleep in a camper and shower at a nearby hostel, taking 12-hour shifts to sell trees around the […]
A pilot for a company that delivers goods for Amazon told The Washington Post that shipping delays are “going to get worse in the next two weeks leading up to Christmas.” Delivery companies are under pressure from soaring online sales this holiday season. But UPS says the “vast majority” of […]
One of Donald Trump’s campaign promises was to end the “war on Christmas.” Trump has doubled down on the importance of saying Merry Christmas – but Ivanka Trump has broken from her father by wishing people “happy holidays.” The split reveals a deeper divide between the two. As Donald Trump […]
We’re in “cuffing season,” where people put in extra effort to find someone to cuddle during the winter. According to a new poll, single men are more worried about finding a partner than women. This could be because men don’t necessarily share the same level of emotional connection with their […]
Australian retailers, faced with a soft start for the shopping season, are hoping for a late rally in Christmas present buying. So far, retail sales conditions are trending two to four percentage points slower, and barely in positive growth, leading into Christmas 2017 compared to 2016, according to analysis by […]
Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays on earth. But that doesn’t mean that conflicts simply freeze every December 25th. Important events in both of America’s most formative wars – the Revolutionary War and the Civil War – took place on Christmas.British and German troops even celebrated the holiday […]
Liam Charles won over “The Great British Bake Off” judges earlier this year with his distinctive flavour combinations and conceptual bakes. Business Insider spoke to Charles about cooking at Christmas. The baker said that Christmas “is the time to eat whatever you want” – even if that’s burgers instead of […]
It’s a great year to buy a video game console, with killer deals and prices lower than ever. Before giving your loved one a game console this holiday, there’s one crucial thing you should do: Connect it to the internet and update it! Here’s why – and how – to […]
First lady Melania Trump would prefer to spend the holidays on a deserted island. She revealed some of her favourite Christmas traditions as well during a visit to Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC on Thursday. First lady Melania Trump told a group of kids Thursday that her ideal place […]
A new poll indicates most student-loan borrowers would prefer loan repayments this holiday season over things like bitcoin or the new iPhone X. The findings highlight the student debt crisis, which has ballooned to $US1.4 trillion. Retailers could feel the heat if debtors starting making their true desires known. For […]
The Great Recession caused a drop in Christmas tree sales, which meant there was less space available to plant trees that would now be reaching maturity. This shortage of Christmas trees is leading to an increase in prices. Christmas tree shortages across the US have already been reported. The Great […]
Elf on the Shelf dolls are driving parents crazy. Many parents tell their children the doll monitors their behaviour and reports it to Santa in the weeks before Christmas. Some parents are exhausted by what they perceive as an obligation to upload photos of their dolls in creative scenarios to […]
There’s nothing more magical than holiday time in New York City – that is, until you have to push yourself through hordes of tourists and mouth-breathers. The Grinchy, TLDR-version of this article is that virtually everything you plan to do in NYC over the holidays that usually draws a crowd […]
73% of Brits don’t think about their calorie intake over the festive period. During Christmas dinner, we consume over 5,200 calories – and a whopping 190g of fat. You’d have to run two marathons, or 52 miles, to burn this off. If you ate this way every day, you’d be […]
Air New Zealand are masters of the compelling safety video, having enlisted everyone from the All Blacks to Hobbits and Bear Grylls to show passengers what to do in an emergency. But the country of 4.7 million people, which gave the world Flight of the Conchords, Crowded House, Lord of […]
CNN reportedly will boycott the White House’s annual Christmas party, due to President Donald Trump’s “continued attacks” on the press. The party is meant for members of the press and White House officials to socialise. “Christmas comes early,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted, following the announcement. Citing […]
The White House has hung a sprig of mistletoe for the holiday season. Many people say that the decoration is in poor taste with the recent wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations that have appeared in the news. President Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by 16 women. […]
Windsor Castle has already been decorated for Christmas, featuring a 20-foot tree and elaborate ornaments. However, the royal family will spend December 25 at their Sandringham residence in Norfolk. Christmas Day is strictly scheduled, but comes along with charades, party games, and tiaras. The Queen is already decking the halls […]
Christmas decorations make a person appear “friendly and cohesive,” according to a study. This could be because the excitement highlights our inner child, according to psychoanalyst Steve McKeown. For some people, however, celebrating the festive period prematurely could be a sign of escapism. While some people tut when they see […]
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Christmas spending was solid but not spectacular for Australian retailers, according to research by analysts at Citi. The analysts have been speaking to ASX-listed retail companies, trying to gauge the success or otherwise of Christmas sales. The retailers they spoke to were “lukewarm” about Christmas trading. “There is no alarm […]
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