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Christmas Stories

The Gun at the Gate and the Children Beyond

Eunice Roque | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Eunice Roque

A middle-class American family living in a secluded suburban neighborhood feels the need to post a menacing, fulminating sign on the gate to their children's playground and home.

Is Santa Real, Mommy?

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 02.21.2015 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Because he wants the magic, he'll believe. But then that questioning, growing-up voice will persist. "But what do YOU believe?"

What My Daddy Taught Me About Love And Renewal

Denene Millner | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Denene Millner

Daddy lives in a quaint house in the same bucolic town, on the same country road, next door to the house in which he was born and raised.

A Lost Christmas in the Magic Garden

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 03.02.2014 | Entertainment
Joanna Colangelo

Maybe that's why we hold onto the Magic Garden so ferociously -- not to wax nostalgic about the magic of childhood, but to keep the magic of childhood with us through adulthood.

Andrea Rael

Classic Christmas Tale Gets Girl Power Rewrite | Andrea Rael | Posted 12.24.2013 | Women

What if a doe wanted to fly Santa's sleigh? That's the question that Denver-based attorney Chantell Taylor used to ask herself when she was a litt...

Mystery 'Angel' Gave This Single Mom A Christmas Miracle

Posted 12.13.2013 | Divorce

Christmas came early for one Conn. single mom, thanks to the kindness of a stranger. Since just before Thanksgiving, Danielle Dubois has been maki...

Listen To The Most Heartwarming Christmas Stories

Richard Fairman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Richard Fairman

Every century has its own take on Christmas. When I was asked to compile a new anthology for the British Library picking out some of the most memorable stories and poetry about Christmas through the ages, it did not take long to discover how diverse the material would be.

12 Books That Will Definitely Get You In The Holiday Spirit

Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Your local radio station may be playing "Winter Wonderland" on repeat, and your distant relatives may have already sent out their yearly, rather effus...

15 Super Weird Christmas Books

| Posted 12.11.2012 | Books

Originally posted on Publishers Weekly xyz blog: A quick look at the calendar shows only a few weeks until Christmas, which means that you have onl...

Christmas and the Reindeer: What Is One to Do?

Ken White | Posted 02.21.2012 | San Francisco
Ken White

A Miracle on 34th Street aside, most families develop their own holiday classics. Here's one of our favorites, back long ago when our daughter, now grown, struggled to keep her eyes open in hopes of catching a glimpse of Santa.

Why Capote's A Christmas Memory Is an Enduring Gift for All Seasons

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 02.18.2012 | Books
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

"Imagine a morning in late November. A coming of winter morning more than twenty years ago." It's my favorite opening in fiction, the first two lines of Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory.

'My Birth Mom Was There': Readers Recall Their Best Holiday Memories

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Women

The holidays obviously mean a variety of things to different people, from the religious significance they have for many of us to the simple enjoyment ...