Tracing Christmas traditions to Scripture

| Dec 25, 2017

Tracing Christmas traditions to Scripture

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When I taught Sunday school to a precocious bunch of fifth- and sixth-graders, I used to ask, "What about Christmas is not in the Bible?" They were quick to go for the obvious: Santa, the reindeer, stockings, the sleigh. "OK," I would say, "but what ...

In sweet-toothed Germany, Christmas marzipan gets a makeover

Dec 24, 2017

In sweet-toothed Germany, Christmas marzipan gets a makeover

Germans believe no Christmas is complete without marzipan, the mouth-watering treat made of sugar and crushed almonds that dates back to the Middle Ages. But market pressures are driving innovation of the beloved holiday tradition — not least in Luebeck, the charming port city in ...

Naples' pizza wins UNESCO heritage status

Dec 7, 2017

Naples' pizza wins UNESCO heritage status

Lady Luck loves a good pizza — or at least that is what Neapolitan "pizzaioli" must believe, because a city usually loath to tempt fate began celebrating its UNESCO victory before the result was even in. "After 250 years waiting, the pizza is a UNESCO ...

Dec 3, 2017

Naples pizza twirling seeks nod as UNESCO 'intangible' heritage

Naples' art of pizza twirling is a candidate to join UNESCO's list of "intangible heritage" this week along with a wealth of other cultural treasures such as Saudi Arabian wall-painting and Bangladeshi cane-weaving. Meeting on the South Korean island of Jeju, the U.N. cultural body's ...