Cover of a 1912 edition of the poem, illustrat...

"Twas the Night Before Christmas" (edition published in 1912 -- Image via Wikipedia)

‘Tis the season of web-browsing for holiday education and edification. Upon doing so, “yule” find no shortage of entertaining sites, and below are just a few with a bit of an academic bent. Enjoy and happy holidays!
The History Channel presents videos about holiday origins and traditions (scroll down for links).
For Victorian flavor, see Hillman’s Hyperlinked and Searchable Chamber’s Book of Days (visit “Topics” to see some interesting reading about Christmas. Book published 1869; site hosted by is a great place to search for online books. Head to the “verse” tab and type in “Christmas” for a series of seasonal poems, including the full text of Clement C. Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (better known as “Twas the Night Before Christmas”).