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Holiday Commercialism

Making the Holidays Meaningful

Beth Leyba | Posted 11.07.2014 | Parents
Beth Leyba

I have loved being able to create magical and memorable holidays for my kids, and now my partner's two grandkids as well. Last year they redecorated my tree -- another precious memory to hold onto!

How to Die Long Before Christmas

Mark Morford | Posted 11.05.2013 | San Francisco
Mark Morford

October 9th was a fine day indeed, strolling as I was through the crammed Walgreens near my yoga studio in the Castro on a balmy, Indian summer aftern...

Mother's Day: A Manufactured Holiday

Jana Novak | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Jana Novak

I have to point out that I think of and miss my mother every day. If there are days that are especially hard, it is not when Hallmark says I should feel bad, it's when I do: my birthday and her birthday.

How I Reclaimed Hanukkah and Got Rid of the Teenage Gimmies

Mara Shapiro | Posted 02.05.2013 | Parents
Mara Shapiro

I asked my teenagers what they wanted for holiday gifts. They said they didn't know. And nothing. How is this possible? Teenagers in a consumer age and not only do you have everything you need, you don't actually want anything? I was surprised. And then I patted myself on the back.

Amid Holiday Glitter, Food Shines As A Genuine Article Of Faith

Pythia Peay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Pythia Peay

That food can root us in the past while offering hope for the future seems proof of its power to transform. Most of us have experienced the bliss of biting into a dish so divine it thrills alive the soul as well as the body.

Sufjan Stevens and Vampire Weekend: Indie Holiday Sellouts?

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel J. Kushner

If an indie songwriter licenses his tune to promote the Christmas company line, is he or she out of line? Let's look at two high-profile examples with which to answer this line of questioning.