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December 13, 2007

Merry Solstice
But when I grew up and began guiding my own children through the holidays, I felt a bit... I don't know... untethered. My household possesses the requisite love of nog, twinkle lights, and Douglas fir. But our family's beliefs just aren't reflected in the lyrics to "O Come All Ye Faithful" or the teachings of the Talmud.
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December 20, 2012

Don't Bogart Christmas
There's a small, churlish contingent of Christians who spend the holiday season writing letters to newspapers insisting that the only legitimate cause for celebration this time of year is the miracle in the manger — and boycotting businesses who dare to offer customers an inclusive "happy holidays" rather than a decisive "merry Christmas."
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November 24, 2011

My Pantry's in a Bunch
When it comes to domestic polish, you see, I put up a good front. Flick at its fragile veneer, though — peek behind a shower curtain or peer under a sofa cushion — and you let loose a veritable geyser of chaos. It's a chaos I confront daily and manage to ignore just as often. But the holidays bring the promise of visitors whose very merry presence forces me to face the profound mess that is my home. And on a deeper level, I suppose, my life.
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October 27, 2011

Thank-You Notes
With the holidays approaching, I asked some friends what they think of thank-you notes — those customary expressions of gratitude scribbled, stamped, and sent by refined recipients of thoughtful gifts and generous gestures — and I was surprised to find people staunchly divided on the value of these mannerly missives.
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December 9, 2010

Faux Ho Ho
It's hard to find during the holidays, isn't it? I've yet to master the balance between magic and madness, that elusive equilibrium between what the season should be about (family, friends, and gratitude) and what it actually, quickly becomes about (overspending, overeating, and buttoning up your coat for yet another bothersome obligation).
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October 16, 2008

The Best Toy Ever
We've come to believe the holidays aren't complete without one gift that is so shiny, so newer-than-new, so better-than-last-year's-model that it looks like privilege itself. Privilege in a Pretty Red Ribbon.
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