I’m sure most of you are doing the same thing I’m doing right now. Spending time with family and friends, watching football, catching up on that book you’ve been dying to read, eating too much, and enjoying the occasional nap.

Between now and the first week in January, you’ll get a chance to re-read some of the top posts of 2014. I may decide to jump in with something current but if I don’t, enjoy this Holiday Goodie rerun.


Yup. I’m a history geek. I’m a member of the History Book Club, I love maps, I stop and read every historical marker before driving past, I spent most of a morning three weeks ago quizzing the docent in the Northfield, Minnesota history museum on the 1876 raid by the James Gang, and I have the Band of Brothers DVD series memorized.

So where do I go when I need a good YouTube video?

Here are five very sweet YouTube channels that are great places for you and your kids.

HipHughes History
Keith Hughes has taught US History and Government and AP American Government for the past 15 years as well as edu classes in New Literacy and Technology for the Graduate School of Education at the University of Buffalo.

HipHughes History is a series of upbeat, personable and educational lectures designed for students and lifelong learners. Videos primarily focus on US History and Politics but span across World History and general interest. So sit back and enjoy the antics of HipHughes as he melds multimodality into a learning experience.

Crash Course – US History

Six awesome courses in one awesome channel. This one focuses on US History.

Crash Course – World History
This one focuses on, wait for it . . . World History.

C. G. P. Grey
Complex things explained. Very cool videos on a variety of topics. History geeks will start with the history ones but don’t be afraid to branch out.

Horrible Histories
Hilarious history videos from the BBC. And almost all of them historically accurate!

Copycat Horrible Histories
The BBC Horrible Histories generate so much traffic, others have jumped on the bandwagon.

Need an extra bonus additional channel?

Our World is Amazing. Mind-Blowing Facts & The Best of the Internet.