Christmas 2011

15 Stories • Available October 2011
Celebrating A Generic Kind Of Holiday

Celebrating A Generic Kind Of Holiday

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

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The Winter Flower

The Winter Flower

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

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The Christmas Wreath

The Christmas Wreath

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

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The Yule Log

The Yule Log

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

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Christmas Card Inserts

Christmas Card Inserts

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

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Christmas From Afar

Christmas From Afar

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

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Hispanic Christmas Traditions

Hispanic Christmas Traditions

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,

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Mistletoe

Mistletoe

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

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Why December 25?

Why December 25?

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

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Dreaming Of A Green Christmas

Dreaming Of A Green Christmas

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

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Santa Claus

Santa Claus

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

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Countdown To Christmas

Countdown To Christmas

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

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Southern Hemisphere Christmas

Southern Hemisphere Christmas

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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The Luminaria Festival

The Luminaria Festival

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Stockings

Stockings

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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

Christmas Facts

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