Christmas 2009

15 Stories • Available October 2009
The December Dilemma

The December Dilemma

In many households across North America, the December holidays are multicultural and interfaith. Certainly, the majority of neighborhoods around us are multicultural exhibits and true reflections o

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Song In The Air

Song In The Air

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Christmas Legends

Christmas Legends

It's time to break out holiday decorations, plan parties and find gifts. But have you thought about why you're making lists for Christmas cards every year? Have you ever stopped yourself while hang

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World Traditions

World Traditions

Feeling a bit bah-humbug with the typical Christmas traditions? Are you lacking any incentive or excitement to get into the holiday spirit, even as every store plays tired holiday songs? A look in

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The History Of Christmas Plants

The History Of Christmas Plants

It's hard to imagine a Christmas without the vibrant colors of poinsettias or that first kiss under the mistletoe. For many of us, the traditional Christmas plants -- namely poinsettia, mistletoe a

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens depicted a Christmas of family togetherness, generosity and "good will among men," yet the observance of Christmas always has been controversial. Puritans arriving in North America

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Christmas Quiz

Christmas Quiz

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Christmas Books

Christmas Books

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The Three R's Of Christmas

The Three R's Of Christmas

If you're dedicated to living a more eco-friendly lifestyle and have incorporated some green practices into your household successfully, you certainly will be interested in adjusting some of your h

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The Tree Debate Continues

The Tree Debate Continues

Almost as soon as the holiday season arrives, it seems one topic is sure to come up in conversation. In fact, the decades-old debate goes on in homes all across the country. No, the question is not

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Noel Nuptials

Noel Nuptials

Everyone's talking about Christmas weddings -- and not just because the song calls it "the most wonderful time of the year." In 2009, Christmas falls on a Friday -- a very popular weeknight for wed

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The Holidays Are Coming!

The Holidays Are Coming!

If this thought haunts your dreams and plagues your thoughts, fear not. Flush those dreams, not dollars, down the drain. All you have to do is plan ahead. "Arm yourself with information ahead of t

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Boxing Day

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is Dec. 26. No, it doesn't have anything to do with muscled combatants sparring on pay-per-view. It's an English tradition rooted in charity, a day for those more fortunate to give to t

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In The Cards

In The Cards

Skip the boxed cards. This year, put a personal spin on the holidays with handcrafted holiday sentiments that trump any ready-made greeting. It's the perfect activity for keeping kids busy during

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Christmas Letter To A Friend

Christmas Letter To A Friend

Dear Bell, I love when Christmas Time Is Here. I've been dreaming of a White Christmas since July, and now that it's December, It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas ... finally. Fortunately,

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Christmas Facts 1

Christmas Facts 1

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Christmas Facts 2

Christmas Facts 2

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Christmas Facts 3

Christmas Facts 3

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