If you need a contributor about a Christmas item, I'm happy to help!
I'm in the UK, so am on UK time!
whychristmas?com is one of the largest Christmas information sites on the web and answers your Christmas questions! It was launched in November 2000 by me, James Cooper a Christmas loving web designer from the UK.
I'd always loved Christmas (yes, I'm a very big kid!) and had wondered about the 'whys' of Christmas; such as why do we have Santa/Father Christmas, why we have Christmas Trees and send Christmas Cards to each other?!
The site was originally created for some friends who were teachers in a local school. Knowing that I was a web designer, they came to me complaining that they couldn't find a site that was child friendly and "wasn't trying to sell the kids something"! So with the help of 'Bruce the Spruce' (the site's Christmas Tree logo) I made a little site for them to use with their classes.
The site has always had a 'no ads' policy (although I've had plenty of offers). As the site has become more and more popular the hosting costs have also increased! If you really like the site, you can help to keep the site online.
As a Christian, the most important part of Christmas to me is the Christmas Story, when we remember and celebrate that Jesus was born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.
I'm also an all round 'Christmas Nut' listening to Christmas Carols and songs throughout the year. And to really get me into the Christmas spirit, I have to watch 'The Muppets Christmas Carol'! Through researching and creating the site, I've also become a Christmasologist (yes, that's a thing).
Information Sources and Dates
The site was launched on 1st November 2000. It is continually updated as I find out new information. I do my utmost to make sure that any information on the site is correct.
The information on the site is all written by myself and comes from a variety of sources which I’ve used during the years I’ve run the site.
Some of the sources I’ve used include various books in my ‘Christmas library’, talking with other Christmas experts, my own research and from visitors to the site (that’s mainly on Christmas around the world). Many of the books in my Christmas library are no longer in print and have been picked up in second hand bookshops, etc.
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions for the site, please contact me, I'd love to hear from you.