Right after Thanksgiving -- sometimes even Halloween -- holiday displays seem to spring up all over the place. On tree-lined streets, in shopping malls and at our children's schools, we see Kriss K
In the depths of winter, with the ground covered by fresh-fallen snow, a certain type of rose is known to bloom. Known as the snow rose or winter rose, this white flower with pink-tipped petals bl
Christmas wreaths are among the most often seen holiday decorations, ranging from all-natural evergreen wreaths studded with pinecones to more creatively designed wreaths accented with shiny silver
Burning the yule log has a long, rich history. It's a practice many believe originated with 11th-century Vikings. As pagans, Norsemen honored the winter solstice -- the day of the year with the sho
What do you put in your Christmas cards? The annual photo of your kids dressed in their cutest Christmas dresses and suits? A photo of the dog wearing reindeer antlers? A printout of your family ne
Not all of us are lucky enough to spend Christmas with our loved ones, sharing dinner at the holiday table, singing carols together, watching the snow fall on a quiet, moonlit night. For so many fa
The song "Feliz Navidad" inevitably makes it onto every Christmas mix CD, and red chili lights often adorn houses and trees during the holiday season. With a growing Hispanic population in America,
Charles Dickens referred to it in "The Pickwick Papers." Washington Irving referred to it in "Christmas Eve." But as Christmas traditions go, kissing under a sprig of mistletoe may be among the str
Carols ring out, twinkling lights sparkle on rooftops, and families gather. Christmas is near, and people all over the world are counting down the days until Dec. 25. Some who do it in a secular sp
The wrapping paper and outdated ornaments, the dried-up evergreens and tangled lights -- it all has to go somewhere. Long after the last fruitcake expires, those holiday castoffs will still be sitt
Rest assured, Virginia. Santa Claus -- that jolly old elf -- will be coming to town this Christmas Eve, his reindeer-drawn sled filled with a bottomless sack of toys and treats for good boys and gi
Thanks to simple holiday traditions that involve both kids and their parents, the weeks leading up to Christmas can be almost as enjoyable as the big day.
For the past few years, a small red-cla
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Probably not if you're heading to the Southern Hemisphere for the holidays. There, Christmas arrives in the summer, so temperatures are likelier to be between 70 and
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