Here are 7 informative and fun Christmas websites I’ve stumbled upon over the last couple of years. I love the holidays. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s is my favorite time of year. Okay, who am I kidding; my holiday season begins on Halloween. I love the music, decorations, and fellowship of the season. Christmas movies, music, and decorations just can’t be beat. And I love learning holiday facts. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite Christmas websites.

7 Fun and Informative Christmas Websites (and 1 app)

The Night a War Stopped

WWI’s Christmas Truce: When Fighting Paused for the Holiday. If you’re unfamiliar with this story, you should read this article. On December 24th, 1914, during one of the bloodiest conflicts the world has ever known, deep in the trenches during WWI, peace broke out. What began as shared singing of Christmas carols across enemy lines became a celebration, which included sharing food, drink, and gifts.

There’s a Cat in the Tree 

Tree Decorating 101 This isn’t quite what you might think. It’s for cats. It’s cats decorating a Christmas tree, with step-by-step instructions and photos. I mean. It’s cats!

A Ghostly Christmas

Every Christmas season, I read Charles Dickens’s The Christmas Carol. I have three or four copies. I’d happily loan you one, but there’s no need. This site has the complete book for free. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

And if you want the whole experience, go to Dickens Fair, a vintage exhibition hall converted to old London with dance halls, tea rooms, and period costumed Christmas revelers. Enjoy the photo gallery and videos.

A Desk!

Last year, I saw Charles Dickens’s desk, writing slope, lamp, desk calendar, and chair at the New York City Public Library. It was awe-inspiring.

If you’d like to create the Dickens era in your home, try this: A Victorian Christmas.

Take a Photo of your Exterior Illumination Like a Pro

Strobist: How To Photograph Christmas Lights. Are you like me and never know the best lighting, perspective, or distance to photograph your Christmas lights? If so, Strobist has the answers.

Good Grief

How Charlie Brown Christmas Came to Pass Do you love Charlie Brown Christmas? Is it a tradition in your family? Did you know that every television network initially rejected Charles Schultz and Vince Guaraldi’s first short, “A Boy Named Charlie Brown”? Read the back story on this site.

Fa La La La La La

A few years ago, a dozen friends and I put on our winter coats, hats, and gloves and went caroling. One choir member (I use the word loosely) informed her neighbors we were coming, and several of them requested a visit. Along the way, children and a few adults joined us. We weren’t always on key, but we were enthusiastic. I’m not sure which app we used, but one of our friends sent a Christmas Carol App to all of us. It was a heck of a lot easier than holding sheets of music.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

There you have it: seven websites and one app that will add joy to your holidays.

If you liked this you might also enjoy Is it Okay to Wish Your Customers Merry Christmas?

Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash