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Interpretations of Christmas

Christmas. Christ’s Mass. For us in Britain, it’s very much a commercialised affair that is bombarded on our TVs, radios and in our wider culture from late October onwards until Christmas itself. For many Britons, it has evolved into an almost secular festival with greater emphasis on its communal festivity…

Covina Massacre: Murdered by Santa

It is nearly seven years since Bruce Jeffrey Pardo killed nine members of the same family and injured three others, before taking his own life, in a brutal Christmas Eve massacre. The mass murder, which took place at a family party in Covina, Los Angeles, featured a series of shootings…

Christmas Controversy

The Christmas Controversy is a media and social talking point every year during the festive season. As a culture which often has an unquestioned excitement about Christmas, the Christmas Controversy provides a counterbalance to the status quo. One part of the Christmas controversy is its decreasing connection to Christianity and…

The Inspiration of Christmas

Despite the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus altering dramatically throughout history, the ideas underpinning the annual Christmas festival have persistently provided a source of human inspiration. Although the eating, dancing and gift-giving which epitomized Christmas celebrations throughout the High Middle Ages closely resembles our current festivities, Christian understandings…

The Krays: Twins and Partners in Crime

When it comes to lifestyles that involve conversing with celebrities Frank Sinatra and Barbara Windsor; appearing in famous interviews or being photographed by David Bailey, the life of an infamous gangster is the last thing that springs to mind. Yet, for Ronnie and Reggie Kray, living in 1960s London, crime…