The tradition of crossing you fingers for good luck has been practiced for hundreds of years. Very few of us actually know why this is done or how the tradition originated.
In many cultures saying bless you when someone's sneezes is part of everyday social interactions, why do we say this? where did the custom originate?
American Public Schools have a tradition of long summer vacations. Is this still necessary and what impact do they have on a students learning?
Traditionally laundry was dried outside in the sun and wind. The development of the electric tumble dryer changed the way people could control when and how long it too to do their laundry.
For me there is nothing like the smell and feel of a new book, the right hand side of the book letting me know the end is close, but for others the eReader is the way to go. What do you prefer?
A breakfast staple for Americans on the go, coffee and doughnuts are one of the stereotypical images we have of American culture. Why are they called doughnuts and why has their popularity endured?
Why do students wear a cap and gown when they graduate? what is the reason behind the throwing of caps in the air when you graduate? Why do you move the tassel from one side to the other?
Why do US high schools and colleges refer to the years of study as Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior? Where do the titles come from? Are they used in education systems in other countries?
Living in any society respectful behavior is expected for everyone to get along together, to live in harmony. How do we teach children to behave in a respectful way? what is respectful behavior?
Minute to Win it games are lots of fun for all ages. They are easily adapted to any theme or special event and a great way to have inexpensive family time!
Family meal time is a perfect time for families to connect, talk about what is happening and share their interests. So, what are the benefits of family meal times? why is it so important?
Tipping for good service is considered the norm in the US. Leaving a gratuity for servers is customary based on the level of service. Where did this custom come from? Why does it occur?
March 1st, St David's day, is a day for celebrating everything it means to be Welsh. Food, music and parades occur throughout Wales. but who was St David and what does he have to do with Wales
Downton Abbey portrays a grand house with many servants, but what was life really like for a typical Victorian servant? Maids of all work were often the only servant and had to do all the work!
What was life really like for servants like those in Downton Abbey? What rights did they have? What impact did technological developments have of the servant class?
The Victoria age which spanned from 1837 to 1901, saw great changes in technology, industrialization and population growth. Those with the means employed servants for every aspect of running a home. In fact the 1851 census of England, Scotland and...
Most dogs bark at some point but what do you do if they are barking when you need them to be quiet?
The making of New Year's Resolutions dates back many centuries. Although many people make them, few know the origins of this tradition.
Although mid-winter celebrations and festivals had taken place for centuries prior to the Victorian age, Christmas and its symbols and traditions did not really become common place until the Victorian era. Many factors influenced the way British people began to practice activities such as gift...
Cars, horse-drawn vehicles and pedestrians have travelled on the left hand side of the road for centuries in the UK. Why is this the case? Where did this system originate?
Many Christmas traditions celebrated in modern day Wales are shared with the rest of the UK and other parts of the world, but a few are unique to the welsh people and rooted in their history. The welsh language, song and community play a large part of welsh life and Christmas is no exception.
Many British Christmas Traditions are also practiced all over the world. Where did these traditions come from and how to they relate to the celebration of Christmas?
Traditionally a Harvest Festival is celebration that takes place at the end of a growing season to give thanks for the food grown on the land. Harvest celebrations have been performed for centuries all over the world and can include singing, prayer, and the giving of food to those less fortunate....
Most people have heard of Ellis Island and the important part it played in the history of Immigration in America. But prior to its opening Castle Garden was the first immigrant station.
What is Thanksgiving all about? The parades, the food, the shopping, family and football game are all traditions loved by Americans.
The used teabag is much more than another addition to your trash bin. There are many ways you can recycle them from cleaning the house to first aid.
A swap is a small handmade craft that scouts exchange with each other. Usually handmade, they include a pin for storage and often include information about the givers troop or location.
Yorkshire pudding is a staple for any British Roast Dinner. Made with egg, flour, milk and fat, its fluffy, crispy texture makes it a favorite. How is it made? Where did the recipe originate?
What were the conditions like aboard ship for working class emigrants? How long did the journey take? What were they given to eat?
Plymouth is famous for the landing of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, the first Thanksgiving Feast and is known as America's Hometown. Geographically, it is approximately 40 miles south of Boston in the state of Massachusetts. Plymouth is historically important as one of the first settlements in the...
What are the positives and negatives of having more than one dog? Is it double the work or double the love?
School is out, a long lazy summer stretches ahead, how do you keep the kids amused without breaking the bank?
Your cat has its tail shut in a door or accidentally stepped on. What should you do? How do you tell if its injured?
A bridging ceremony in Girl Scouts symbolizes moving to another level of Scouting. Daisies to Brownies, Brownies to Juniors, Juniors to Cadettes . . . .
What is the 4th July? Why is is Celebrated? What happens on Independence Day?
Baked beans are enjoyed all over they world, but how do you eat yours?
Why is the 10 cent coin called a dime? Where did the name come from?
Ever wondered why a nickel is called a nickel? Where did the name come from?
Most cat owners keep their cats indoors over fears of safety and it is generally thought that indoor cats live longer. So should you let your cat outside? What are the pros and cons of having an outdoor cat?
My Weird School books are perfect for both boys and girls, they are funny, have memorable characters and are a perfect introduction to chapter books, particularly for reluctant readers.
How do you make a perfect Welsh Cake? Recipes are often passed down through families with variations in ingredients. The secret is in the method and equipment you use.
The Brits are famous for their tea drinking. Tea is the go to drink for all occasions. The world seems a little brighter after a cup of tea!
Driving in the US can be a daunting experience. Different rules, different road signs, different position in the road. Follow these tips to help navigate the differences.
It has been estimated that over 17 million people have emigrated from the UK since the 17th century. Several laws and improvements in technology had an impact on where and how people travelled.
What does it mean to be Welsh? What is Welsh Heritage? What traditions, language and food are important to Welsh people?
Many Christmas traditions performed in the US are shared by British people. With a little thought and research there are ways you can celebrate these traditions while living in the US.