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Why Are Holiday Traditions So Important?

Diana Grycan | Posted 12.21.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

The anticipation was always to best part, because it afforded me the opportunity to look ahead and feel happy and secure with my life.

A French Family

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The land has a misty charm; with deep blue hydrangeas and red poppies growing like wild weeds everywhere, Brittany is a land of strange beauty and secrets, legends and fairies, warriors and fishermen.

50 Fun Facts About Weddings You Probably Didn't Know

The Knot | Posted 11.10.2013 | Weddings
The Knot

Everyone's got a know-it-all in the family: the uncle who spits out World Series stats at the drop of a hat, the sister who can list all the James Bond flicks in reverse chronological order, the reptile-enthusiast cousin. We're proud to be your wedding equivalent.

Transgender Children, a Tree Stand and Family Traditions

Wayne Maines | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

I wish that parents of transgender kids had more opportunities to pass on family traditions, but we are more often struggling with daily survival. It makes me very sad.

Lamentation and Regrets

Richard Belzer | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Richard Belzer

On April 27, 1961, right after the Bay of Pigs debacle, President Kennedy made the following comments at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City... if only he had survived and was heeded, then July 4 would be a much more celebratory holiday instead of lamentation and regrets that course through our electorate!

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue will Forever Be...Evergreen

Jenny Triplett | Posted 06.12.2013 | Weddings
Jenny Triplett

I had it all planned out by the age of 12 and tweaked it every now and again for good measure. Well, the time for marriage came quickly in my life.


Cyma Shapiro | Posted 05.18.2013 | Fifty
Cyma Shapiro

As another Passover approaches, I can't help but think back wistfully to my childhood with my Eastern European grandparents and all that it held for me.

34 Non-Birthday, Non-Anniversary, Non-Holiday Occasions to Celebrate

Andrea Reiser | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents
Andrea Reiser

Exactly 20 years ago yesterday -- February 12, 1993 -- I opened the door for a blind date... and it turned out to be the door to the most beautiful future.

Senate Traditions

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Happy Birthday To You: How A 6-Note Melody Connects A Family

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

Somehow, that simple melody, written in 1893 by two sisters and educators from Kentucky, now represents a lifeline to something larger than myself.

Christmas With Mom: A Pot of Sauce, Cookies and Laughter

Jan Angilella | Posted 02.26.2013 | Women
Jan Angilella

Christmas will always bring wonderful memories of my mom. I will never get tired of the madness of the season because we enjoyed it together.

5 Tips To Survive The Holidays As A New Couple

Walker Jones Thornton | Posted 02.18.2013 | Fifty
Walker Jones Thornton

Incorporating a new love interest into your traditional holiday activities with family, long-time friends and possibly the ex-spouse, can be more than a little stressful.

What Brides Should Never Do

Posted 10.18.2012 | Weddings

Celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie stopped by HuffPost Live on Wednesday to discuss modern wedding etiquette. The planner had some strong words for...

Indiana High School Claims Baby Powder Poses Health Risks, Nixes Football Tradition

Posted 09.11.2012 | Education

Citing health concerns, Carmel High School administrators are putting an end to a student tradition of spraying baby powder in the student section of ...

Fatherhood and Lineage

Matthew B. James, Ph.D. | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents
Matthew B. James, Ph.D.

his gift of lineage gives a confidence about where you come from. You are sharing your foundation so that those you teach can lean on that instead of leaning on you.

Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present and Building the Future with Traditions

Laura Munts | Posted 05.31.2012 | Parents
Laura Munts

Traditions enable us to honor the past, celebrate the present and provide a legacy for the future. Not only a source of enjoyment, they serve as the glue that keeps families united.

'I Like My Skin Thin, Thank You'

Lisa Guest | Posted 07.25.2012 | Women
Lisa Guest

I've been told I over-analyze things too much. I've been told I'm too sensitive about little things. I've been told I should grow a thicker skin. I like my skin thin.

A Rainy Day In The Rajasthani Desert

Leora Novick | Posted 06.30.2012 | Travel
Leora Novick

They turned to me and explained that visitors in their village were quite rare and rain in the summer season rarer still.

Why Friday the 13th Is a Very Lucky Day, Indeed!

Donna Henes | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

Up until the patriarchal revolution, both Fridays and 13s were held in the very highest esteem. Both the day and the number were associated with the Great Goddesses, and therefore, regarded as the sacred essence of luck and good fortune.

Divorced? What NOT To Do On Valentine’s Day

Juliet Jeske | Posted 04.10.2012 | Divorce
Juliet Jeske

Valentine's day is a holiday dreaded by some and cherished by others. When you are newly divorced, Valentine's day is just another glaring reminder that you are now flying solo.

Rachel Tepper

D.C. Area Chinese New Year Traditions, Specials (PHOTOS) | Rachel Tepper | Posted 01.24.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The most important day in Chinese culture, Chinese New Year, kicked off Jan. 23 and families across the area will continue to celebrate ...

Christmas Presence Trumps Christmas Presents Every Time

Brad Harrington | Posted 02.19.2012 | Home
Brad Harrington

My own family is certainly not exempt from the syndrome of rushing around to buy presents this time of year. But there are three things we do annually that are far more meaningful and memorable to all of us than a material gift could ever be.

Christmas Isn't a Bad Boyfriend

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 02.17.2012 | Style
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Just as we set our boundaries, hold our ground, and stand firm against unrealistic expectations in other relationships (needy friends, ex-spouses, PTA), we are capable of doing the same with this holiday.

I'm With Stupid: Ho, Ho the Mistletoe, Blasted Where You Can See

Todd Hartley | Posted 02.11.2012 | Weird News
Todd Hartley

Here's what I know about Southern folk, based on my 41 years' experience knowing and being related to some of them.

Your Turn: Heirlooms and Traditions

Posted 11.21.2011 | Women

When I was growing up, my mother had this beautiful big silver punch bowl that she would use whenever there was a special event or holiday. Years late...