In every culture that anthropologists have ever studied, people tell stories. Families most frequently tell stories around the time of vacations, family reunions, (sadly) funerals, Thanksgiving and, of course, the family-oriented winter holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.
By Marshall Duke, Emory University
Father Christmas, Père Noël, St. Nicholas, Babbo Natale, Santa Claus: The jolly old man with a white beard is an unmistakable figure around the United States, but he didn’t always wear a red coat and have a reindeer posse.
By Abbey Oldham
Watch U.S. service men and women stationed all over the world recite lines from the beloved holiday poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Special thanks to the Pentagin's Defense Media Activity department for this heartwarming piece. We hope you all…
By Dan Sagalyn
From the time students start kindergarten, they learn about the importance of being kind and generous toward others. But what happens to young people's understanding of that message around the holidays, when the excitement of receiving shiny gifts overtakes the season? What…
By Paul Chylinski
By Tal Ronnen
When you think "holiday cooking," vegan dishes might not be the first options that come to mind. But for chef Tal Ronnen, cooking vegan is a given.
By Abbey Oldham
A menorah created by a Holocaust survivor and one designed in Israel in the 1920s were selected for a White House ceremony this week from more than 50 submissions.
Tree in the classroom? Yes. Crèche beneath it? No. It’s called “the December Dilemma.” As the winter holidays approach, schools are aware that the issue of separating church and state is not just something students encounter in social studies classes,…
A viral story claims Christmas lights wage war on your WiFi. Here’s the science behind whether or not it's true and ways to fix it if so.
By PBS NewsHour
In our NewsHour shares moment of the day, the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree has arrived in Washington. This year’s tree came all the way from Alaska. NewsHour catches up with some of the people who made the trip possible.
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