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

Diana Whitney | Posted 01.16.2015 | 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.

Mysterious Crop Circles Appear Over Mexico: Spawn Suspiciously Huge Attention From Authorities

Ritoban Mukherjee | Posted 01.05.2015 | Weird News
Ritoban Mukherjee

Like gifts left by Santa, the crops appeared to the eye on Christmas morning, while couple witnesses reported seeing bright lights around the area the night before.

A Christmas Miracle

Sarah Amento | Posted 01.05.2015 | 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.

Here's Why Ariana Grande Is 'Repulsed' By Santa

www.gossipcop.com | Posted 12.27.2014 | Entertainment

Ariana Grande revealed she is “repulsed” by Santa Claus. The “Santa Tell Me” singer opened up about her hit holiday song on Friday and explain...

The Story of Young Santa

Irene Monroe | Posted 12.25.2014 | 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...

Christmas in the Old Syrian City of Homs

Zaher Sahloul | Posted 12.25.2014 | World
Zaher Sahloul

Some Christian families started to trickle back following the truce between the regime forces and the rebels but life will never go back the way it was. Most Muslim families were not allowed to return to their homes. This year, Christmas in Homs will have a big void, its Muslim merrymakers.

How a Santa Statue and a Disney Cartoon Helped Save Christmas

Tabatha Kammann | Posted 12.24.2014 | Parents
Tabatha Kammann

Up until two days ago we kept up the facade that Santa is in fact real, even if we weren't sure what our son thought. I mean, the more we play it up, the more he'll want to believe it too, right?

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...

Sun, Sand, Seafood... and Santa: How to Do an Australian Christmas

Dominique Kane | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Dominique Kane

A white Christmas the Australian way is different to what you're used to. Instead of glistening white snow, you're more likely to see white sand baking in the sun. Rather than rugging up inside with family and friends to beat the cold, we're busy trying to cool off in mid-summer.

Why Santa Doesn't Come to Our House

Shari Medini | Posted 12.25.2014 | 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.

Illinois elves have some gift ideas for your favorite politicians

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Still trying to check off your last gift-buying errands on your holiday list? Not sure what to get your favorite (or least favorite) politicians this ...

One Christmas Morning

Jana Lee Frazier | Posted 12.22.2014 | Good News
Jana Lee Frazier

He was a large man, almost too big for the small velvet chair, dressed in a dark scarlet suit with a long, lustrous beard the color of a magician's dove. The bright white beard appeared to be studded in sequins and curled softly up against his temples.

'Twas the Default Magic Maker

M. Blazoned | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
M. Blazoned

'Twas the week before Christmas when all through the house, stuff was getting done, but not by a mouse. The stockings were hung, by the chimney with care, they have to be filled, insert a swear word here.

How 'Santa' Changed Two Children With $100

Dan Duffy | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

But every now and again, life, or karma, or God, or Santa shows us that as long as we keep our eyes and our hearts open, we may just find ourselves participating in an unfolding miracle. And to me, miracles are transforming events that never truly leave us the same way again.

Growing Up and Out of Santa

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I'm feeling a little wistful this year because I fear that it may be the last Christmas that we have a true believer in our family. Our youngest child is 9 and in the fourth grade. I was a year younger when I found out that there was no such thing as Santa. Or as I remember it, the day I took my first step into adulthood.

All My Son Wants For Hanukkah Is Christmas

Jen Simon | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents
Jen Simon

Like most children, my 5-year-old is obsessed with Christmas. He loves the brightly colored lights. He is spellbound by Christmas trees. He gleefully sings about reindeers, Santa, and jingle bells. The only problem is that we're Jewish and we don't celebrate Christmas.

Santa Claus Look-A-Like Helps The Big Guy Out By Handing Out $100 Bills

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 01.05.2015 | Good News

Santa Claus has departed the North Pole a bit early this year. Several fast food chains in Hyannis, Massachusetts have reported getting special vis...

Alison Spiegel

We Call Them... Secret Santa Cookies

HuffingtonPost.com | Alison Spiegel | Posted 12.19.2014 | Taste

The cookie is INSIDE the other cookie. Surprise!

Family Takes Photo With Santa For 60 Years In A Row

www.today.com | Posted 12.18.2014 | Parents

Many kids will take their pictures with Santa Claus for a few winters, but four siblings in Seattle, Washington, have kept the family tradition alive ...

What I Learned About Disillusionment

Camia Gavin | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women
Camia Gavin

Before the news about Bill Cosby surfaced and broke my heart, to me, he was a parenting rockstar. He was the one who made us laugh and feel that this whole parenthood thing wouldn't be so bad after all.

Dear Daughter, Always Believe

Jenn Delekta | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Jenn Delekta

My dear daughter, I know one day you will not believe in the man in the red suit, but for now you do and I choose to believe with you.

What a Mom Really Needs For Christmas

Heather Creekmore | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Heather Creekmore

Seriously, Santa, a mom only needs so many "World's Greatest Mom" coffee mugs. How about coming up with something that I could really use this year?

Believing in Santa

Cathy Cassani Adams | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Cathy Cassani Adams

Receiving toys and opening presents is great, but it's fleeting and only a small piece of the big picture. Santa reminds us to reconnect to our childlike awareness so that we notice the love and magic in our everyday lives.

To My Daughter On The First Christmas She Doesn't Believe In Santa

Sarah Dille | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Sarah Dille

I thought I'd be sad when we talked about presents and you knew they'd all be bought by me. But that isn't what has happened.

Kids With Serious Illnesses Board Dream Flight To The North Pole

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 12.15.2014 | Good News

This is where Santa makes all the magic happen. About 60 Detroit children battling life-threatening illnesses at six local hospitals boarded a Del...