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Was Christmas Celebrated Thousands of Years before Christ’s Birth?

Did you know that the celebrations at Christmas might have nothing to do with the birth of Christ? In fact they may well lie in a feast called Sacaea that was celebrated thousands of years before Christ's birth. Over 4000 years ago, in the region that is now Iraq, a five-day festival with the exchanges of gifts, the staging...

The Cool Firefly

Firefly is just a name. They are actually very cool insects. And they are not even flies, they are beetles. They have a way of sending out light signals every now and then. If you see them at night on a tree, you might think it is a brightly lit Christmas tree. That is the kind of light these...

Christmas Decorations

Decorations for a Christmas tree can all be made at home, with simple, inexpensive, and easy-to-find things like threads and ribbons, sweets, old bulbs, empty matchboxes and lots of popcorn. Here are some of the things you should collect to get your tree going. 1. Christmas tree 2. Coloured paper (preferably one that shines) 3. Popcorn 4. Paints and paint brush 5. Scissors, thread,...

The Fairy Doll

Not that!" screamed Sheila. "Yes not her!" repeated Anna. "She will stay with us." Sheila snatched Matilda from her maid and they ran to their room. In case you are wondering what I am talking about or who is Matilda? Well, Matilda is Sheila and Anna's favorite doll and the children, along with the maid, were sorting out their old...

Best Day of the Term

As I sat down to work out a page of sums on the first school day of 2001, I couldn't help but think of that lovely day, the best day of the term, just three weeks ago. "Surbhi, give me your number! Hey, Aradhana! Wait for me, will you? Seen the ice cream man?" It was the last day of school...

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Meaningful Flowers

When you want to convey your feelings, you say it with flowers. Do you know that humans have attached different meanings and values to...

Where Did Numerals Originate?

We deal with numbers all the time. Not just while doing math lessons at school, but also while counting money at the shop, memorising...

How Does Ice float?

A cool glass of water topped with huge chunks of ice is sure to quench your thirst on a hot summer day. But, before...

Why do Onions Make us Cry?

One of the earliest memories I have as a child is when I was approximately three or four years old. I remember watching my...

The Exotic Peacock

Come monsoons, and we immediately think about the beautiful peacock, dancing in the rain, with its luscious tail spread out behind it. Undoubtedly one...