The Surprising History of Christmas Traditions

Did you know yuletide caroling began 1,000 years before Christmas existed? Or how about the fact that mistletoe was hung from doorways to ward off evil spirits? And before there was eggnog, the medieval English drank wassail made from mulled ale and roasted apples.
Maria Kennedy, an instructor of folklore at Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Department of American Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, has researched the European holiday traditions that predate – and became an inseparable part of – Christmas.

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Cookie doctor makes gingerbread replica of the Kansas State University President’s Residence

Sugar and spice and everything nice: that’s what the Kansas State University President’s Residence is made of — or at least the miniature gingerbread version.
It was designed, baked, constructed and decorated by Rebecca Miller Regan, assistant professor of bakery science, who understands the science behind making gingerbread houses.

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