Something You Should Know about Christmas

The Story Of Santa Claus

December 25, 2014


Interview with Agatha Gilmore, author of the book Celebration: The Santa Book (Celebration (Red Rock Press))




Mike Carruthers:
How did the story of Santa Claus begin? 


Agatha Gilmore:
Santa really started with a legend of a real monk who was born around 200 AD in Patara, which is a region in Turkey.

Agatha Gilmore

Collectible Toys From The Past

December 24, 2014


Interview with Terry Kovel, co-author of the book Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2015: America's Most Authoritative Antiques Annual!




Mike Carruthers:
Around the holidays we often think of the toys of our childhood. If we’d only kept them, like…

Terry Kovel:

Mr. Potato Head, an early Mr. Potato Head with a pipe, would be worth in the hundreds of dollars.


Terry Kovel

Holiday Stress

December 23, 2014


Interview with Bob Losyk, author of the book Get a Grip!: Overcoming Stress and Thriving in the Workplace




Mike Carruthers:
There’s one sure way  to feel really great this holiday especially if you’re feeling a little bit down…

Bob Losyk:

Try and help the needy and do something for somebody else it just makes people feel so great.


Bob Losyk

When It's Hard To Go Home For The Holidays

December 22, 2014


Interview with Dr. Thomas Habib, author of the book If These Walls Could Talk: A Therapist Reveals Stories of Change and How They will Work for You




Mike Carruthers:
 Many adult children just love to visit their parents for the holidays. But many adult children just hate it.


Dr. Thomas Habib:
The reason is that the parents haven’t changed their relationship from a parenting-based relationship to a friendship-based relationship.


Dr. Thomas Habib

Classic Christmas Toys

December 19, 2014


Interview with David Hoffman, author of the book Kid Stuff: Great Toys from Our Childhood




Mike Carruthers: 
So many of the classic toys never started out as toys. 


David Hoffman:
Lionel Trains were actually, the guy who came up with the concept of a play train did it as a store display, in a toy shop, to show off other toys.

David Hoffman

How St. Nick Became Santa Claus

December 15, 2014


Interview with Jeff Guinn, co-author of the book The Autobiography of Santa Claus




Mike Carruthers:
Have you ever wondered how St. Nicholas became Santa Claus?


Jeff Guinn:
Santa Claus is the name that he actually got in America back when we were still colonies of the British and the Dutch.

Jeff Guinn

Christmas Traditions

December 9, 2014


Interview with Louise Nayer, author of the book How to Bury a Goldfish: And Other Ceremonies & Celebrations for Everyday Life




Mike Carruthers: 
The Holidays are full of rituals, for example we bring Poinsettia plants into the house at Christmas time. There's a story behind that.

Louise Nayer:
A little boy in Mexico was too poor to put a gift in the charity box, and he cried. And when his tears fell, a scarlet flower supposedly bloomed. And he took the flower to the church, and placed it in the crib of the baby Jesus.

Louise Nayer

Facts About Famous Christmas Toys

December 25, 2013


Interview with Tim Walsh, author of the book Timeless Toys: Classic Toys and the Playmakers Who Created Them




Mike Carruthers:
When it comes to Christmas toys Nerf toys are very popular. And in fact Nerf footballs are incredibly popular.


Tim Walsh:
The Nerf football outsells Wilson or Spalding as the biggest selling football of all time.

Tim Walsh

Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 23, 2013


Interview with David Monn, author of the book 365 Ways to Prepare for Christmas




Mike Carruthers:
Well now you’re just about out of time and you still have someone on your Christmas list you need to shop for. So what do you do?

David Monn:

Take somebody who likes tea, take a simple, little, beautiful teacup you put it into a little basket, maybe even onto a pretty little tray with different kinds of exotic teas. Wrap it all up in beautiful cellophane. And you've taken something so simple and you've given somebody a personal gift.

David E. Monn

Origins Of The Christmas Tree Tradition

December 20, 2013


Interview with Kenneth C. Davis, author of the book Don't Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never Learned



Mike Carruthers:
The origin of the Christmas tree actually predates Christianity.

Kenneth C. Davis:

The evergreen tree was a symbol of life in the midst of winter. Almost every pagan civilization celebrated the Winter Solstice around this time of year.

Kenneth C. Davis

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