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Winter Holidays

Let There Be Light

Cynthia Kane | Posted 12.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Cynthia Kane

Winter 2015 is a season of gathering darkness in far more than the customary sense of shorter days. It is everywhere. Mass shootings in our places o...

What Christians And Pagans Have In Common During The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.15.2017 | Religion

Many of the symbols that modern-day Christians associate with Christmas have pagan roots. The Yule log, the Christmas tree, the use of candlelight, an...

8 Holiday Mantel Decorating Ideas

Domino | Posted 02.07.2015 | HuffPost Home

Next to the tree, the mantel is the most important seasonal decorating piece. Prepare to greet Santa in style with these stylish tips.

The 'Jingle Bells' Parody All Moms Need To Hear

Deva Dalporto | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Deva Dalporto

Don't get me wrong; I LOVE the holidays. It's a wonderful time of year. I just wish I had some elves to help me get it all done.

Being Jewish During the Christmas Season

Jill Patir | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Jill Patir

The holiday season still makes me feel a little left out. It will always bring me back to the days when I was jealous of my friends who got to decorate trees, hang Christmas lights and joyously sing Christmas carols.

From Their Hearts to Your Home: Videos of Women's Colleges Holiday Wishes

Diane Propsner | Posted 02.20.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

Today, I'm sharing holiday videos from women's colleges as they celebrate the holidays, offering season's greetings, holiday wishes, and Christmas cheer!

So, Where Do Christmas Trees Come From?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Laura Moss: Nearly 30 million Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. each year, and while they appear in our homes only ...

All Your Holiday Questions Are Answered In This Image

Posted 12.19.2013 | Religion

This speaks for itself, and we couldn't agree more. by Dave Lieberman YES! If you agree, check out "Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas: The...

How Green Is Your Tree? Sustainable Holiday Tips

Amanda Gregory | Posted 01.31.2014 | Green
Amanda Gregory

Surely we shouldn't be cutting down a tree? As a child, these pangs of guilt were short lived and immediately washed away by the warmth and glitter of decorating day. As an adult, though, the environmental impact of my choices is important to me.

Start Holiday Planning Now!

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D. | Posted 12.01.2013 | Divorce
Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Who goes where when is a perennial issue for many divorced families. Maybe that was settled long ago in the divorce decree but the kids still need to be told what to expect this year. If there are any feelings of resentment about the schedule, wise parents keep it to themselves.

Imbolc: A Faith Made Of Fire

Teo Bishop | Posted 04.02.2013 | Religion
Teo Bishop

Faith is a difficult proposition for many of us. Faith requires a letting go, a surrender of will. Few among us leap at the idea. Having faith, doing faith in a religious context, is not something I'm very practiced at these days. But come February, faith is the call of the land.

The Best 2013 Winter Carnivals of the Northeast | Posted 02.18.2013 | New York

Plan to celebrate winter with a flourish by attending one of these seven mid-winter carnivals. Ice carvings, snow sculptures and polar bear swims are some traditional winter pastimes that will warm your spirit in spite of the single digit temps.

The Iranian Yalda And The Fateful Choice Of Light Over Darkness

Marc Gopin | Posted 03.04.2012 | Religion
Marc Gopin

Yalda celebrates rebirth in the midst of winter's death, the victory of light over darkness, a victory on the very day in the calendar when at last light will once again begin a steady gain on darkness.

The Persian Conundrum

Maryam Zar | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Maryam Zar

We are part of a growing community from Iran that have embraced unmistakably secular lives. Yet, we are labeled as Muslim, though we know little about the religion and celebrate no part of it.

Angels' Gift Of Peace And Hope For All This Holiday Season

Lorna Byrne | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

I see angels every day, but during the holiday season I see many more angels than at other times of the year -- millions of angels come to join us for the celebrations that happen across many religions and traditions at this time.

Worship The Sun! (Not Just The Son)

Wes Nisker | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Wes Nisker

The sun is still at the center of all our winter religious holidays: Hanukkah, Christmas, the Keltic Druid festival of the stars, the Katchina night dances in the Hopi pueblo. So maybe we should start deliberately worshiping the sun again.

Keep Saturn in Saturnalia!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

I have to admit it. Like millions of other Americans, I've allowed the holidays to decay into a frenzy of shopping, feasting, gift-giving and wassail-soaked merriment. But all is going to change. I have seen the light.

Confessions Of A Travelista: The "It" Beach Destination

Angella Nazarian | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Angella Nazarian

Fashionistas put their names on long lists for the latest "it" handbag of the season. Travelistas search for the "go-to" destinations, ones that hopefully will run the course of more than just a season.