Christmas is a time full of tradition, as the holiday has been celebrated for centuries long before the United States was a thought or Europe knew about America.
This special wintry time of year is full of Santa Clauses, evergreen trees, mistletoes, presents, and a host of good cheer and family gatherings.
Ever wonder where some of these traditions came from? Listed below are some Christmas traditions and where they came from. more >>
New information surrounding the oldest discovered written version of the Quran, the Islamic holy text, has led some scholars to believe it was compiled for Egypt's first mosque.
"It's the most important discovery ever for the Muslim world," declared Jamal bin Huwareib, managing director of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation, in a BBC News report on Wednesday.
Israeli archaeologists have found Hebrew inscriptions on a 1,500-year-old slab of marble on the shores of Lake Kinneret, near the ancient village of Kursi where Jesus Christ is believed to have performed the "Miracle of the Swine."
"This is the first indication that there was a Jewish presence, and it reinforces the belief that the town of Kursi was where Jesus performed the 'Miracle of the Swine,'" the team of researchers working at the site said, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Historians have long believed that Kursi was inhabited either by Jews or early Christians, and the discovery, supervised by Prof. Michal Artzi of Haifa University and Dr. Haim Cohen with the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, seems to confirm those ideas. more >>
An amazing find in Israel has set the archaeological world on its ear. And once again we see the veracity of biblical history.
Five years ago, a team of archaeologists digging "at the foot of the southern part of the wall that surrounds Jerusalem's Old City" came across a refuse dump dating to the eighth century before Christ.
As the New York Times told its readers, it's "an area rich in relics from the period of the first of two ancient Jewish temples." Among their findings were thirty-three clay imprints or seals, known as bullae. These seals were catalogued and stored. more >>
Archaeologists have said that they have found the seal of the ancient biblical figure Hezekiah, one of the kings of Judah, in a 2,700-year-old piece of clay.
Eilat Mazar, the excavation leader, said at a press conference in Israel on Wednesday that the seal is of the eighth century BCE Judean leader, The Times of Israel reported.
Mazar said the artifact is "the closest as ever that we can get to something that was most likely held by King Hezekiah himself." more >>
It's that time of year again. Pumpkin pies, autumn leaves, cooler temperatures, football on the television, and reunions with extended kinfolk.
Thanksgiving is a time of feasting and family, with blessings counted and calories ignored. Tens of millions of Americans travel every year to be with family over this holiday.
Here are a few points of trivia about that one special Thursday in November that precedes the Christmas season and all its pageantry. more >>