Santa Claus was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery after being posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and the Medal of Freedom for his "valiant courage in the fight for Christmas" by a somewhat reluctant President Obama, who rolled his eyes twice during the ceremony.
We give because we want to feel a part of something. It dawns on me: unconsciously, I have been trying to keep my fragmented family together by gift giving. It may not be pretty but it is how clans, communities and enemies have survived for millennia.
Uh oh. We're coming up once again to that holiday in December that FOX News claims liberals declared a war on. But a couple recent news items make us wonder if the real soldiers in the war on Christmas aren't our friends in red states.
Let us do something different this time. Let us craft a plan that reduces, not increases, the numbers of guns in our schools. Let us open a discussion about better awareness of, and less fear and stigma of, mental illness, so that we don't isolate individuals who have the potential for this kind of violence.
We spend too much time on shopping, entertaining, and shuttling around and too little time with the family. If only there was an alternative? Maybe there is. Try storytelling at home with the kids. It's the perfect activity for the holidays.
I am convinced that the idea of Jesus' birth from a virgin--without a human father--implicitly goes back to the apostle Paul.
Scrambling to shop for that last relative, significant other or hard-to-buy-for friend? We're here to help.
It's the season for baking holiday cookies for the endless family gatherings, and there's no harm in sneaking some for yourself (in the name of quality assurance, of course).
This recipe couldn't be easier.
Happy Festivus!! If you are a Seinfeld devotee, then you probably mark this special December 23 celebration.
Those who would use Christmas as cover for their political agenda and to protect their white, middle class, privilege are waging the real war on Christmas.
I was six when I fell in love with Christmas carols, especially American Christmas songs. Where did such beautiful music come from? The question stayed with me all my life.
Christmas movies are a genre unto themselves: between live-action and animated features, there are literally hundreds of titles out there. Inevitably, some are pretty bad, others amusingly cheesy.
In the midst of all this gloom, it behooves us to take two steps back and appreciate the bigger picture.
Grandparents play a special role in their grandchildren's lives. We get the opportunity to do things differently and to act in a way the parents can't because, well, they're "the parents." Here are some tips to help you be that one-of-kind special grandparent this year (and every year afterward):
This year, remind yourself that you do a lot for your children every single day. Keep your efforts turned inward, and resist the temptation to use others' experiences as personal motivation even when it seems like everyone else is giving their kid the perfect holiday.