Thursday, December 25, 2008

About Today: What Does Christmas Mean to You?

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  from Jen Hubley
The older I get, the more I become exactly like I was as a little kid: Witness, for example, my renewed obsession with Christmas. When I was a teenager, all eight reindeer, plus Santa and his whole gang of elves couldn't have coaxed some cheer out of me. Now I start celebrating the day after Thanksgiving and don't stop until the tree is out on the curb.

 
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How to Keep Christ in Christmas
A few days ago, I was talking to my Mom about my holiday travel plans, and I mentioned that I was psyched to get home and see her and Dad and lie around eating for several days underneath the Christmas tree. "And what else?" she said. "Sing carols?" I suggested. She heaved a long sigh on the other end of the phone.

 
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Who Is Santa Claus?
Did you know we didn't even have Santa Claus, at least in his present form, until the 19th century? His other incarnations include a Turkish monk and a German elf.

 
Inventing the Modern Christmas
It's hard for most people to imagine Christmas without Christmas trees, but if you were living in Great Britain or America before the 1800s, you wouldn't have known the difference. (You might have also found it amusing that people thought you should install lighted shrubbery in the living room.)

 
 
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