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Christmas was my family’s escape.

The Year Of The Christmas Tree

My mother was desperate for a tree, for a successful Christmas morning that brought joy and hope to our family after a year of hardship. Read...
Ariel Henley    |   12.18.17   |   SHARE
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But now the jig was officially up. My daughter knew Santa isn't real.

Why Telling My Daughter "Santa Isn't Real" Was More Liberating Than Sad      

The jig was officially up. My daughter knew Santa isn't real. Had I ruined Christmas? Destroyed her sense of childlike wonder? Killed her holiday Read...
Sarah Bregel    |   12.15.17   |   SHARE
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 These are the things I miss about Hanukkah.

Singing Badly Together (And Other Things I Miss About Hanukkah)

When we talk about Hanukkah traditions, so often they are discussed as serious and somber. But tradition, prayers, hymns — can be joyful, silly, Read...
Ilana Masad    |   12.13.17   |   SHARE
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The Witchy, Feminist Story Behind St. Lucia Day​      

Her “winter goddess” aesthetic evokes notions of frigidity and the vast darkness of the wintry Nordic landscape. This is the story behind St. Lucia Read...
Laura Dorwart    |   12.13.17   |   SHARE
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My Family Doesn't Celebrate Holidays, But I Do 

Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are nearly here. So, what do you do when your family doesn’t celebrate any holidays whatsoever? Read...
Christine Schoenwald    |   12.12.17   |   SHARE
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Hanukkah — sometimes spelled Hanukka or Chanukah

Hanukkah Is Not Jewish Christmas

Both involve lights, a miracle, and fall on the 25th day of a winter month, but that’s about where the similarities end between Hanukkah and Read...
Naomi Tomky    |   12.11.17   |   SHARE
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 Behold, the 2017 Ask Erin Holiday Gift Guide!

The Ask Erin 2017 Holiday Gift Guide 

Happy holidays! This is what I would buy if I were you, or me, for me or you. Behold, the 2017 Ask Erin Holiday Gift Guide. Read...
Erin Khar   |   12.8.17   |   SHARE
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Yule is a promise: winter sucks, but spring will come again.

Centering Yule During A Month Full Of Christmas

After the solstice, the light very slowly begins to return, and every day is a little longer. Yule is a promise: winter sucks, but spring will come Read...
David Minerva Clover    |   12.5.17   |   SHARE
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