Dear Virginia, It has been so many years -- 118 to be precise -- since you wrote a letter to a newspaper asking if there really is a Santa Claus. The...
I think on some level, as I aged, I began to attempt repressing my anticipation for Christmas because it was so agonizing to wait for the holiday to arrive. Without that anticipation, though, I realize that there's also much less joy come Christmas day. T
"A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot a...
The sun isn't up yet but everyone else is! The gifts are under the tree and the food is on the table. Family and friends will gather today to celebr...
Large population-based studies have demonstrated that Christmas and New Years are associated with some of the highest number of deaths from cardiovascular causes compared with any other time of the year.
Jackie and Jay decided to visit New York and ask people on the street to convince Jackie to watch their favorite Christmas movie. Do you think it worked?
"There are no strangers here, only friends you have yet to meet." -- Merry Christmas from Wisconsin.
My family and I were given three tickets to the Broadway production of The Lion King. Tuesday, 7 p.m. Only the tickets weren't there when we got there. The theater was sold out.
For the Great Silent Disapproving Saints, be thankful you are invited anywhere... and keep your little lips collectively shut.
On Christmas morning, millions of children woke up early to see what was under the Christmas tree (no doubt, merchandise from a certain movie set "a long time ago" was well-represented). But millions more woke up to a very different reality filled with fear, instability and misery in parts of the world where conflict, civil war, and massive refugee displacements rage. And that's to say nothing of the xenophobia, scapegoating and ugliness that have taken hold of our political culture here at home. No matter what tradition we come from, as we enjoy the last moments of the holiday season with our loved ones, let's remember those around the world for whom Peace on Earth isn't just a holiday greeting, but a dream that is tragically out of reach.
As we approach the holiday season again, I am reminded of my Christmas in Syria, standing aside people of many faiths in the city square around a single tree. But, to be honest, my Christmas in Damascus was more than just that the one day of dazzling lights and holiday cheer.
Christmas means a lot of presents. And a lot of love.
Maybe the holidays have always been your favorite time of year, but now you just can't get in the mood. There is a detachment from the holiday cheer -- it's not in sync with how we feel. The disconnect between the joyous time of year and the sad feelings inside leave can leave us feeling that this holiday isn't how it is "supposed to be."
Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they're migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, who the media worldwide have, for the most part, failed to cover accurately, fairly, in a balanced way, and ethically.
We should not allow the Christmas story to be stripped of its humanity or cleansed of its muck and grime. Its power is in its reality that should serve to focus our attention on our responsibility to see in the birth of Jesus: the faces of the outcasts for whom there is no room in the inn; the wretched of the earth for whom there is no comfort; and the frightened exiles who seek only safety and refuge. It is only when we do not avert our glance from these reminders that we can understand the story and spirit of Christmas.
The quiet of these spaces of learning eerily echoes the custom of Nittel Nacht, a name given to Christmas Eve by medieval Talmudists in German-speaking lands, and for centuries in Europe a time when Jews uncharacteristically refrained from Torah-learning.