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 PBS NewsHour
In our news wrap Friday, the FBI is warning that Islamic State supporters are urging attacks on holiday gatherings and churches in the U.S. Also, the suspect who plowed a truck into a Berlin Christmas market has been shot dead.
By Abbey Oldham
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 Dan Sagalyn
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…
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 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 Colleen Shalby
Didn’t have time to get a Halloween costume this year? Here are five ideas to get you through the holiday.
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