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A St. Nicholas Carol for Christmas

Oliver R. Goodenough | Posted 12.17.2015 | Good News
Oliver R. Goodenough

On Christmas Eve at the North Pole, A chubby sprite in white and red, Groaned inwardly and searched his soul, For why the world felt drab and dead.

December Dilemmas Melt Into Chocolate

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 12.01.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Christmas tree or Chanukah menorah or both? December portends heated Christmas/Chanukah-dilemma conversations for an increasing number of interfaith families. I

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...

Santa Claus: The Many Faces Behind the Beard

Rick Steves | Posted 02.18.2014 | Travel
Rick Steves

In our Rick Steves' European Christmas book (a companion book to the public television show), we outlined the history and many European variations on ...

Smoke Signals: Secret Notes From Inside Conclave

Laurence Hughes | Posted 06.10.2013 | Comedy
Laurence Hughes

he abashed cardinal attributed his mischievous deed to "too many spaghetti Westerns." As penance, he is required to give up both spaghetti and Westerns.

Will The Real St. Nick Please Stand Up?

Adam C. English | Posted 02.24.2013 | Religion
Adam C. English

Despite his worldwide fame and popularity among children of all ages, Saint Nicholas is one of history's more elusive characters.

Holy Days And Holidays: What Do You Believe?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Norma Cook Everist

In this pluralistic society amid many traditions, people might ask themselves, "What do I believe?" Behind the decorations, "In whom or in what do I trust above all things?" Going deeper into our beliefs can guide our devotion and actions.

Orthodox Get Green Light To Rebuild At Ground Zero

Posted 12.15.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service (RNS) Ten years after tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was destroyed by falling rubble from the Wor...

Greek Orthodox Rally To Rebuild Ground Zero Church

Posted 08.28.2011 | Religion

By Chris Herlinger c. 2011 Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS) With cries of "Rebuild now! Rebuild Now!" parishioners and supporters of a Greek O...

Gorgeous Christmas Preparations From Around The World

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With Dec. 25 right around the corner, nations around the world have been struck with the Christmas spirit. In European nations such as Germany, Denm...

The World's Most Bizarre Christmas Traditions

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For children of all ages, Christmas conjures up enchanting visions of snowflakes, sleigh rides and sugar plums. But while the holidays may be universa...

From St. Nicholas to Santacon

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Margie Goldsmith

Here's something you probably don't know about Christmas: there really was a St. Nicholas. If you're wondering why we hang up stockings, there's a story for that too.

St. Nick Is Coming ... Maybe Sooner Than We Think

Shane Claiborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

Even though we don't expect Santa for another few weeks, December 6th is the day when we remember the original "Old St. Nick."

Where's The Santa Conscience? St. Nicholas Day Recalls The Needy

David Crumm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Crumm

Why have we forgotten that kind of Santa who spent more time jingling our consciences than his own sleigh bells? You can't read much about this major figure without thinking about the plight of the poor and marginalized.

Santa Claus' "Naughty/Nice" List Released by Wikileaks

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
MP Nunan

The "Naughty vs Nice" files maintained by Santa Claus ahead of his annual Christmas gift-giving flight around the globe are the latest documents relea...

German Catholics Want To Ban Santa Claus

Telegraph | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Bonifatiuswerk of German Catholics -- a church aid organisation -- has begun calling for "Santa Claus-free zones." The organisation sees Santa as ...

Missing from Ground Zero: St. Nicholas Church

Nick Balamaci | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nick Balamaci

One World Trade Center is climbing furiously toward the sky, and the footprint of the Memorial is now becoming clear. But one building is conspicuously absent: the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas.

Ground Zero Orthodox Church Waits For New Life

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By NICOLE NEROULIAS Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS) Buried by falling rubble from the World Trade Center towers after the 9/11 terrorist attacks...

The Invention of Santa Claus

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Louise Mirrer

The modern image of Santa Claus was invented in the 19th century by New Yorkers, as a secular myth meant to unite the city's diverse and growing population.