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Having "the Talk" About Santa

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 12.04.2016 | Parents
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

I know parents who refuse to participate in the Santa thing because they don't want to lie to their children. That stand has integrity in its own way, I suppose, but it seems unnecessary to be so draconian about it. Myths are tales that give meaning and texture to our lives.

Who Answers Letters To St. Nick? These Volunteers From Santa Claus, Indiana. Here Are 6 Of Our Favorites.

The Huffington Post | Posted 12.07.2015 | Parents

These letters to Santa will make you feel *all* the holiday feels.

Dear Santa, Please Give Me Superpowers for Christmas

Monika Szamko | Posted 12.02.2016 | Parents
Monika Szamko

My six year old daughter just penned and sent her first letter to Santa. The two things she asked for were a package of mint chewing gum [check!] and ALL the superpowers in the world... After some contemplation and careful consideration Santa wrote back to her - here is his reply.

Man Mistaken For Santa Keeps The Christmas Magic Alive For Little Boy

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 12.01.2015 | Parents

Sometimes even Santa Claus needs a coffee run. At least, that's what it seemed like to one little boy. According to a Facebook post from Nov. 16 that ...

Why I'm Proud to Be an Insane Beast in Supersonic Socks

Anne M. Samit | Posted 11.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Anne M. Samit

I met a man named Adeoye. I'd met him before. He works in a store I frequent when I arrive at yoga too early and need a place to go. I didn't know h...

In Defense Of Santa

John Kinnear | Posted 11.30.2016 | Parents
John Kinnear

Why do we do it? What's our compelling argument? It's fun. The kids enjoy it. My wife and I enjoy it.

Brazilian Police Hunt Bad Santa Who Stole Helicopter

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 11.29.2015 | Crime

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Brazilian police are hunting for a Sao Paulo Santa Claus who kicked off the Christmas shopping season by stealing a...

The Boy Who Dared to Be Great

Richard Paul Evans | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Richard Paul Evans

I had a somewhat traumatic childhood, but 1970, the year I turned eight, was especially difficult. A Tsunami of misfortune hit my family. My father lost his job and couldn't find work and my mother began to exhibit the first signs of severe depression.

Toddler Has The Cutest Reaction To Seeing Santa Claus

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents

When U.K. mom Hollie Smith took her 17-month-old daughter Riley to see Father Christmas, aka Santa Claus, the toddler had an adorable reaction to seei...

Krampus, 'Twas the Night and Crafting a Christmas Tradition

Sonia Halbach | Posted 11.19.2016 | Home
Sonia Halbach

Like many people, I believed America's relationship with Christmas to be a long and constant one, nearly synonymous with the flag and bald eagle. But I was mistaken. It turned out that many holiday traditions that I always held dear weren't exactly what they seemed. And Christmas folklore I'd never even heard about quickly caught my attention.

Mall Reverses Awful Decision To Charge For Santa's Lap

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Weird News

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Santa Claus is free again. A New Jersey mall on Monday eliminated a requirement that parents pay $35 to $50 for a photo or ...

10 Things Black People MUST Know This Holiday Season

Karu F. Daniels | Posted 11.12.2016 | Black Voices
Karu F. Daniels

As some of us grinches reluctantly get dragged kicking and screaming into the holiday cheer, I was called upon to construct a list of the 10 Things Black People MUST Know This Holiday Season. And before you even ask "why Black people," well, that's because that's what I am. It's all in good fun.

The War on Christmas: Kringle's Revenge

Tyler Moss | Posted 11.12.2016 | Comedy
Tyler Moss

"By the bells of my jingles, that's the final straw!" said Santa Claus, standing up from his lounge chair and throwing down a copy of The Arctic Times. Plastered across the front page was a giant photo of a plain red Starbucks cup. Just above it, the headline: WAR ON XMAS CONTINUES.

Malls Replaced Christmas Trees With Santa's Glacier. It Didn't Go Well.

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business

It was beginning to look at lot like Christmas -- except Santa's warm and friendly workshop was replaced by an artificial glacier. Simon Malls issued ...

Supermarket Posts Job Ad For Skilled 'Christmas Light Untangler'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Guff | Posted 11.06.2015 | Weird News

Have you ever thought that untangling Christmas lights at a professional level might be your higher calling? If so, Tesco supermarkets has the perfect...

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town... Hall

The Huffington Post | Philip Lewis | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

No, the headline is not a joke. A man legally named Santa Claus is running as a write-in candidate for a city council seat in North Pole, Alaska, the...

Friday Talking Points -- New Speaker's Speaking Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Kevin McCarthy is not worthy. Of using the English language correctly, among other things. Amusingly, though, this will likely not stop him from becoming the next speaker of the House.

Fast Times in Southern Indiana

Kari Haugeto | Posted 07.03.2016 | 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.

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 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

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.