Habsburg: The tiny Swiss castle which founded Europe

In the center of Switzerland lies a small castle by the name of Habsburg since roughly 1000 years. The Habsburg is the birthplace of one of the most powerful royal dynasties in European history.

Churchill’s cigars

Winston Churchill was an avid cigar smoker. In fact, Churchill reportedly smoked 8-10 cigars each day. Once, Churchill dined with King Ibn Sa’ud of Saudi Arabia. The king did not allow any smoking in his presence, but Churchill refused to take a break from his cigar. He told the king that smoking was a sacred right to him, so the …

Jingle Bells used to be a Thanksgiving song

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells, the iconic Christmas carol, was originally written to be a Thanksgiving song. James Pierpont (1822-1893), a music director at a church in Massachusetts, wrote the song to play at his Sunday school for Thanksgiving in 1857. Piermont was at a tavern when he was inspired by the sleigh races in the street outside. The song quickly caught on, …

How Christmas trees became widespread

In the late 1830s and early 1840s, using decorated trees on Christmas was already a tradition in Germany, although not really yet widespread.