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Christmas Tradition

'Twas the Night Before Christmas' Is Way Better With Curse Words

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 12.19.2014 | Comedy

"'Twas the Night Before Christmas" is one of the most-beloved Christmas traditions, but, let's face it, you just don't have time for that stuff nowada...

Why The Whole Family Benefits When Kids Believe In Santa

Jacqueline Woolley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Jacqueline Woolley

Children are empowered by feeling that they have figured it out by themselves. Upon making the discovery, they become part of the adult world; they are "in on the secret" and can derive even more emotional benefit by being given a role in keeping the myth alive for their younger siblings.

Your Elf, My Stalker

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

He's a creepy little informant with a creepy little smile that looks like he just peed in someone's Solo cup. This elf's sole job, his raison d'etre, is to report your kids' behavior to Santa. He's like a one-man magical surveillance team.

Musings on Our Life Stories

Diana M. Raab | Posted 02.25.2013 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Thankfully, the Mayans were wrong and as we gracefully approach 2013, we will face many new beginnings to talk and write about. In addition, holiday time is a natural time to reflect on our past and what brought us to where we are now.

What Would Historian Daniel Boorstin Say About Christmas Today?

Mary Crescenzo | Posted 02.12.2013 | Books
Mary Crescenzo

The Americans reminds me of how moments in time can be molded, beliefs are tweaked, myths find their way into culture and how motives are morphed into what we accept as acceptable.

I'm Dreaming Of A Pink Christmas

Corbyn Hightower | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Corbyn Hightower

Just because it's not 'traditional' doesn't mean it's not Tradition.

An Irish Christmas' in NYC

John Lee | Posted 02.05.2013 | New York
John Lee

Traditional Irish music legend, folklorist and a man who earned his cross-cultural cred staging a show called "If It Wasn't for the Irish and the Jews," Mick Moloney has built a program around an eclectic mix of tunes ranging from the traditional to the contemporary.

The Elf Went for a Drink

Abbie Rumbach | Posted 02.03.2013 | Parents
Abbie Rumbach

The Elf on the Shelf is one of those genius ideas that makes me want to slap myself for not thinking of it first. Well, this morning, our Elf on the Shelf quit.

PHOTOS: We Wish You A Scary Christmas, 'A Christmas Carol' Revamped

Posted 12.21.2011 | Arts

At some point in its history, Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' stopped being just a book and became a Christmas experience, a force of its own, br...

Why It’s Better To Be Alone For The Holidays 

OWN | Posted 12.18.2012 | OWN

By Katie Arnold-Ratliff When the holiday started feeling more like a duty than a delight, Katie Arnold-Ratliff and her husband decided to celebrate...

The Real Magic Of Parenting Doesn't Happen On Christmas

Brian Gresko | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brian Gresko

I ask all the parents out there to take a moment to try and remember the many close, warm instances not linked with any grand holiday or ritual, all those beautiful moments of love.

Letter To Santa Program Ends At North Pole Because Of Privacy Concerns, Sex Offender

AP | RACHEL D'ORO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A group of volunteer Santa Claus "elves" in Alaska's frigid interior is determined to save a popular holiday letter service ...