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No Wrapping Required: The Most Important Holiday Gift I'm Giving My Kids

Megan Roggendorff | Posted 12.28.2015 | Parents
Megan Roggendorff

I'm not sure exactly what it will look like yet. I don't know exactly what our traditions will be. But I do know I'll be working on figuring it out until I am able to give my children memories that they will cherish one day as well. I think I know how to start: by surrounding my family with the people we hold dearest.

Why Such a Big Deal About the Elf?

Natalie Romero | Posted 12.23.2015 | Parents
Natalie Romero

She was not planned. In fact, we had no intention of welcoming her as a guest until she was given to us as a gift. Claire, our Elf on the Shelf, join...

Not My Grandmother's Christmas

Shauna Hoffman | Posted 12.21.2015 | Fifty
Shauna Hoffman

With Christmas only days away the stress of dealing with changing families looms. I am watching my friends deal with so many changes that the usual ...

10 Nordic Christmas Traditions You Can Try At Home

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 12.16.2015 | HuffPost Home
Conde Nast Traveler

The Nordic countries' long winters force their inhabitants to be masters of Christmas cheer. From St. Lucia's Day (or St. Lucy's Day), to folklore about helpful holiday gnomes, the joyful traditions of Nordic Christmases are sure to make any winter traveler's holiday bright.

Honoring Traditions Builds Necessary Bonds

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter | Posted 12.08.2015 | College
Dr. Jonathan Gibralter

Each of these traditions, as well as the many I haven't talked about, offers a unique way for students to immerse themselves into college life and create the lifelong connections that are becoming rarer across academia. And that's one of the great things about life at a small liberal arts school.

How Blended Families Survive the Holidays Without a Food Fight

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.08.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

Your family tree could be in danger of falling over because the branches are laden with sporadic offshoots, new in-laws, old stepparents, and asso...

The Benefits of Chrismukkah

Erin Konrad | Posted 12.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Erin Konrad

To me, celebrating both holidays meant I was special. None of my friends were Jewish or knew anyone else who was, so I educated them on spinning the dreidel and eating gelt.

Rebuilding Peace on a Farm in Italy

Christina Pacella | Posted 12.07.2015 | Women
Christina Pacella

Heartwarming smiles and the laughter of children as they glimpse nature and discover a friend -- as they regain consciousness of feelings and emotions lost to hours spent in front of computers and cell phones -- spark a light of hope for humanity.

6 Ways To Prevent Thanksgiving Meltdown

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 11.22.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

'Six Ways to Prevent Thanksgiving Meltdown' or better yet, 'How to Give Thanks, Avoid Angst at Thanksgiving.' Either title's applicable. Who looks forward to sitting down at the Thanksgiving table, surrounded by squabbling relatives?

Sex Is Not Static

Pamela Madsen | Posted 11.19.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

Traditions are meant to evolve. So you can try to document sex. You can photograph, draw or video tape a moment and put it on Instagram, Facebook, Pin it, or hang it on your wall to savor the memory or share it. But the moment itself is gone.

How To Make A Grasshopper Trail Mix With Oaxacan 'Chapulines'

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 11.03.2015 | Latino Voices

If you consider yourself a foodie and you want to take a trip, look no further than Oaxaca, one of Mexico's most important gastronomical hubs, for a u...

The Sweetest Traditions Are Often the Simplest

Emily Nichols Grossi | Posted 10.09.2015 | Parents
Emily Nichols Grossi

My sons and I have a daily tradition we call Morning Snuggle. Morning Snuggle is exactly what it sounds like: we snuggle in the morning. It involves the boys making various amounts of noise before 6:30 a.m. -- which is the time we have told them they may exit their rooms -- and then barreling into our room at 6:31 a.m.

Here's What You're Missing From These 5 Mealtime Traditions Around The World

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.22.2015 | Parents

Think back to the last meal you enjoyed: the conversation, the time spent at the table, the memories made. Now ask yourself: What if you did it all differently?

24 Wedding Traditions You Can Totally Skip

The Knot | Posted 06.09.2015 | Weddings
The Knot

Even if you consider yourself a traditional bride, we're betting there's at least one wedding ceremony upgrade you'd consider.

Spring Break Traditions in the Mountains

Kari Haugeto | Posted 06.11.2015 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Remember the first time you did something with your parents? If we're in Breckenridge in the winter, the boys take the lifts straight to Little Johnny's run. It holds special significance because it's the first black diamond run -- the most difficult kind -- the boys carved out with dad.

Why Traditions Matter

Katharine Rose | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Katharine Rose

I think there is a real beauty to be found in tradition - a beauty that may not propel us forward in the sense of quantifiable "progress" or change, but that does propel us forward as human beings in life wisdom, understanding and even emotional intellect.

Raising My Beti

Tina Karkera | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Tina Karkera

Anyone lucky enough to share his life with you should accept you as you are, knowing that his life will only improve with you in it. You will contribute to his happiness just as he will to yours. I am passing no burden on to him and he is doing me no favors by marrying you.

8 Fun Facts About Wedding Traditions Around The World

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.23.2015 | Weddings

From covering the bride and groom in ash, flour and feathers in Scotland to log sawing in Germany after the ceremony, tying the knot never gets boring...

The Day I Realized I Wasn't American

Iulia Gulia | Posted 05.20.2015 | Women
Iulia Gulia

I was in 5th grade when I realized I wasn't American. Not that I hadn't had some awareness of that fact from an early age. I mean, when you're 10 and can articulate the basic premises of communism, you start to understand that maybe you're not exactly from the land of Twinkies.

The Future of the Sikh Tradition

Simran Jeet Singh | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
Simran Jeet Singh

Sikhs believe that one can follow any number of religious paths to the same ultimate goal, so long as that path is traversed and mediated by the same core values, including love, wisdom, and discipline. This model of open-mindedness and open-heartedness also keeps Sikhs from engaging in competitions to proselytize or missionize people.

Religion Is Fair Game -- But We Have to Rewrite the Rules

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

Why do people feel vulnerable, hurt or angry when they encounter satire of their religion? The primary reason is that we suffer an inherent, existential doubt about religious authority.

In Rural Alaska, Orthodox Christmas Melds Yup'ik and Religious Traditions

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Alaska Dispatch News

Under delicate snowflakes crocheted by the town mayor, beneath a grand chandelier imported from Russia, a Yup'ik priest in a remote Southwest Alaska village led parishioners in song, prayer and praise day and night this week for Orthodox Christmas, or Slaviq.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, a world facing crises on many fronts rang in Christmas. Though this is traditionally a season of good cheer, in his holiday address at the Vatican, Pope Francis showed it could also be a time of sober reflection. The often good-humored pontiff delivered a somber message of concern for abused children, refugees, and victims of violence and war. The speech was similar in tone to his annual message to the cardinals, bishops, and priests who run the Vatican, delivered earlier in the week, in which the Pope decried 15 "ailments of the Curia." These included "careerism and opportunism," "social exhibitionism," and "spiritual Alzheimer's," seen in those who "become enslaved to the idols that they have built with their own hands." His words stand as a worthy challenge to us all to combat indifference and tap into the better angels of our nature -- no matter what religious tradition you may follow (including none at all).

Once Upon a Time on Christmas

Amy Wilks | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Amy Wilks

Growing up, my father was famous with the members of my family for his creative story telling abilities. I can remember all of the children in the family gathering around the base of his well-used recliner and settling in for yet another tall tale from Poppy, as the excitement and anticipation of what was to come consumed us.

When They Say They Don't Care, They Actually Do

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 02.09.2015 | Parents
Cornelia Seigneur

For now, I strive to keep up the traditions around holidays and birthdays and other celebrations, knowing that, deep down, my kids do care. And that traditions do matter.