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Fast Times in Southern Indiana

Kari Haugeto | Posted 07.03.2015 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

When you think of Southern Indiana, do images of sweeping plains, dotted with picturesque farms come to mind? Yeah, me too. The last thing I expected to find was an ornate, turn-of-the-century European-style resort, an over-the-top historic hotel or an adrenaline-laced adventure park.

Man Named Santa Claus In Favor Of North Pole Pot Dispensary

AP | Posted 06.02.2015 | Weird News

NORTH POLE, Alaska (AP) — North Pole residents can put marijuana on their Christmas list next year. The city council in North Pole, Alaska, rejec...

25 Embarrassing Things Every Parent Has Done And Denied

Joe DeProspero | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

Every parent, regardless of his or her values or disciplinary strategy, is guilty of pulling an occasional fast one, doing something a bit out of character in order to maintain their sanity throughout parenthood. And, I'm sorry to say, I'm about to expose you all -- or at least myself.

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Will Start on March 2 with New Judges

LGBT News | Posted 04.06.2015 | Gay Voices
LGBT News

RuPaul and Logo have finally announced the premiere date for RuPaul's Drag Race season seven: March 2. "Yes, Virginia, there is a gay Santa Claus!",...

Are We Lying to Our Kids, or Keeping the Magic Alive?

Diana Whitney | Posted 03.18.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

"Made in China?" A. asks dubiously. She fingers a white tag on Shelf Elf's rump. "I thought he was from the North Pole.

Dear White People

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 02.28.2015 | Black Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

Before you start shouting that "blacks are destroying everything that is white" or that "political correctness is destroying America," here is some historical fact that will prove otherwise.

Dare to Be 100: Yes, Virginia, Wherever

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

This will be my 85th Christmas. All of them have been spent with family. First, for 20 years, Mother and Dad presided. Then wife, Ruth Anne, has been ...

A Christmas Miracle

Sarah Amento | Posted 02.28.2015 | Parents
Sarah Amento

The understanding that they can lose me is very real. Belief is the only thing they have. If they only dealt with "reality," or what they see, imagine how defeating this would be.

Meatless Monday: Ready to Start

Ellen Kanner | Posted 02.28.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

It's the end of the year, a new year just days away, a time when traditionally, people make resolutions. But our brains are overloaded, our bodies are overweight and I just got the feeling that everyone thinks, the hell with it, why bother to change, it's too late, anyway. It's not.

Excited Kid Catches Santa On Camera

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents

Looking to prove Santa is real? Pictures, or it didn't happen! Seven-year-old Evan knows this -- that's why he set up a camera on Christmas Eve to ...

The Story of Young Santa

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

The magic of Christmas lies in ritual. For me it's reading a Yuletide tale. As a child the ritual was my carefully handwritten letters to Santa, and...

An Open Letter to Moms This Christmas

Katie Hoffman | Posted 02.24.2015 | Comedy
Katie Hoffman

Don't fool yourself into thinking this is something that could last. Are you prepared to become the stepmother to nine reindeer and a whole toy factory's worth of elves? Do you really want to leave everything behind to move to the North Pole?

Merry Christmas!

Posted 12.25.2014 | Religion

People from around the world are celebrating Christmas in ways that range from the sacred to the silly. Check out these photos of Pope Francis in th...

Magic With a Capital M: A Modern Day Christmas Miracle

Caroline Catlin | Posted 02.23.2015 | Good News
Caroline Catlin

Material goods, the constant hurry of people buying and shopping for things people didn't need, the ridiculous rush of Black Friday, the loss of the myth of a magic man who delivered presents -- all of it, slowly, but surely, began to fade.

Too Busy to Write Your Annual Family Newsletter? Here's a Better Idea.

Alexia Parks | Posted 02.23.2015 | Technology
Alexia Parks

A few years ago, I joined a group of engineers at a hack-fest and afterwards, they invited me to join them for a three day start-up accelerator course...

How Santa Began a Food for Peace Movement

William Lambers | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

CARE packages of food were delivered to the hungry in countries still recovering from World War II. It was as if Santa Claus packed his sled with enough food to feed the world.

Use NORAD's Tracker To Follow Santa All Around The World

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents

Now that Christmas Eve is here and Santa's arrival is fast approaching, it's time to track the where the jolly old man is right now! The North Amer...

Daily Meditation: The Night Before Christmas

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

In Defense of Santa Claus

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

We give him because even though they do not understand about sacrifice now, children almost always grow up to know it, keenly. Through the way we gave, through the way we tried, through the small window of time we let them believe. In Santa Claus. In possibility.

Here's Proof George R.R. Martin Would Be The Worst Santa Ever

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Comedy

All Santas must die. If you ever thought author George R.R. Martin would make a fun Santa Claus, it's time to forget that immediately. CollegeHumo...

Evidence of Peace on Earth: Homicide Rates and Santa

Dr. Anna Sher Simon | Posted 02.22.2015 | Good News
Dr. Anna Sher Simon

I agree that it may seem "illogical or even obscene" to suggest that we, as a species, have become less violent over time. But if myth reflects society, as was argued by Joseph Campbell, we have to look no further than the evolution of Santa Claus for evidence of our gentling.

Why Santa Doesn't Come to Our House

Shari Medini | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

We talk about Santa, we read books about Santa, we watch movies about Santa. But Matteo (who is 4 this year) has always helped buy gifts for others, never received a present "From Santa" and has always been very appreciative of the people who actually gave him gifts.

How My Kids Restored the Magic of Christmas

Joe DeProspero | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Joe DeProspero

After declaring this Santa the real article, my 6-year-old nephew Tyler bellowed, "We're all very lucky kids!" But I felt like the lucky one. Because in that moment, I felt the magic of Christmas that had escaped me since mom had died. I couldn't think of a single reason why I shouldn't be smiling.

Why These Three Real-Life Santas Legally Changed Their Name To 'Santa Claus'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 12.23.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Turns out Santa Claus is real. And there's -- at least -- three of him! Santa Claus, Santa Claus and Santa A. Claus all joined HuffPost Live on Mon...

What Is the Origin of Santa Claus?

Quora | Posted 02.22.2015 | Weird News
Quora

Many stories are told of his kindness, such as the one of the poor man and his three daughters. To save the daughters from being sold into prostitution for want of dowries, St. Nicholas dropped a bag full of gold down the man's chimney.