Since 2000, I've run, whychristmas?com, one of the largest Christmas information sites on the web. (My day job is a freelance web designer/developer.) I've always loved Christmas (I'm a very big kid!) and wondered about the 'whys' of Christmas; such as why do we have Santa, why we have Christmas Trees and why do we send Christmas Cards to each other?!
The site was started for teachers at local elementary/primary school. They came to me asking why they couldn't find a site about Christmas that was child friendly and "wasn't trying to sell the kids something"! So I made a little site for them!
That little site has grown and grown and had over 20 million page loads in December 2019! (That hurts my brain to think about...)
Through running the site, I've become an expert on all things Christmas :)
I'm a Christian, so Christmas is important to me - remembering the birth of Jesus over 2000 years ago. But I'm also an all round 'Christmas Nut' listening to Christmas music and watching Christmas films throughout the year (The Muppet Christmas Carol is my favourite)!
Lots of Christmas Sites
These are the Christmas sites I run:
- whychristmas?com - my main Christmas information site - the biggest on the web!
- Online Carol Service - A simple carol service where you can listen to the carols and/or join in!
- TisTheSeasonTo.be - The #1 Christmas Karaoke site on the web
- Relaxing Snow - Watch it snow all year long!
- Cosy Fire - Get cosy round a log fire any time of year!
- IsItChristmas.today - Find out if it's Christmas anywhere in the world today!
- First Christmas Story - A fun animation of The Christmas Story
In the Media
Here are a selection of media outlets on which I've appeared:
- As part of online discussions
- Featured on a program about Christmas Customs
- Interviewed on BBC News, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5Live and a number of local BBC Radio Stations
- Interviewed on talkSPORT and talkRADIO
- Interviewed on UCB Radio