Many winters ago in a tiny village in Austria, the Christmas Carol "Silent Night" was born. In a small church in Oberndorf, the song of peace and heavenly love was first played. Peace would not last though in the land of music. The World Wars came.
To gain some perspective on holiday giving, I reached out to a couple of kindness gurus for their take on the gooey heartwarming goodness of the season.
God loves disguises. So look around you today. And be a bit more curious about the characters that inhabit your life.
Both Kelly and Harris also remind us, if inadvertently and in their own unique ways, that we all want the same things: heroes, real or imagined, with whom we can identify. The real issue is figuring out, and dare I say, expanding, with whom we can identify.
For more handcrafted nerdery, and bonus creepy tree points, head to Etsy for a Weeping Angel tree topper. Just don't Blink when gazing at your decorations, opening your presents... and better not sleep on Christmas Eve either.
Holiday gift-giving can be full of surprises -- but one of them shouldn't be a pet health emergency.
Harper Lee's friend gave her a year's wages for Christmas, on the condition that she give up work and write. She then wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. A rather brilliant Christmas present, I think you'll agree.
It is mind-boggling how Ximena gets so many sounds from her own body, but she does magnificently enchant by snapping her fingers, clapping her hands, pounding her chest, whistling, rolling her tongue just to name a few sound maneuvers.
How dare they? Hardly sacrilegious given two cat lovers, Annette and Susan Amendola, welcome the incursion; after all they own the vacant lot on Va...
The holidays are the perfect time of year to gather with our loved ones, flip through favorite family photo albums and reflect on cherished memories. In my home, it would be nearly impossible to find a photo from the best years of my life without my husband, Phil, right by my side.
Losses and grief are rekindled at this time of year; adults may feel lonely and left out; children may remember the holiday when both parents were together and the world felt safe and secure for your children.
When I first heard about Malala Yousafzai -- the Pakistani teenager who captured the attention of the world when Taliban terrorists shot her in the he...
By Jerry Zezima Since I am in the holiday spirit (and, having just consumed a mug of hot toddy, a glass of eggnog and a nip of cheer, the holiday spi...
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High in the Andes south of Quito, artisans in the farming community of Tigua have been decorating drums and masks in remarkable color and detail for centuries. About 40 years ago, someone in Tigua had the idea of painting on sheepskin, and these works of art are now widely collected and prized for their vibrant depictions of all kinds of festivals.