Christmas

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The Cozy Icelandic Christmas Tradition You’ll Want to Steal

On Christmas Eve, Icelandic families traditionally settle down to a cozy night of exchanging gifts of books and reading. It's all part of jólabókaflóð or the Christmas Book Flood.

Santa Claus' 'Workshop Budget' Will Blow Your Mind

We tallied up how much dough it costs the big guy to give every kid in the world toys. And it's way more than we expected.

Don't Buy a Christmas Tree! Rent One Instead

Yes, you read that right. There are several options for renting Christmas trees. They're more eco-friendly and way more convenient.

The Story Behind Those Christmas Carols You Can't Stop Singing

Parson Brown? Yuletide? Do you have a clue what the lyrics of Christmas carols are talking about?

The Many Faces of Santa: From St. Nicholas to Saxy Santa

The legendary jolly figure isn't exactly the same across cultures. In China, Santa totally plays the saxophone.

Christmas Traditions Around the World

Throughout the world, Christmas celebrations reflect local culture and traditions, and they all share in the wonder of the season. Learn more about the various Christmas traditions you'll find in countries around the world.

5 Fun Facts About the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City may be an iconic symbol of the holidays, but how well do you know this tree-dition?

Ridiculous History: When the Puritans Said 'Bah Humbug' to Christmas in America

Forget caroling, feasting and having any sort of fun at all on "Foolstide," the catchy but hateful nickname some Puritans gave Christmas in the New World.

Should We Rise Up Against the Elf on the Shelf?

Writer Robert Lamb wonders if the unblinking, judging eye of elfin surveillance is such a great idea.

9 Hideous Holiday Sweaters

Get your ugly holiday sweater fill in one go with these nine horrid knits.

'The Santa Myth': Childhood Fun or Dangerous Lie?

Experts and parents are divided on whether to encourage children's belief in Santa Claus.

10 Worst Things Ever to Happen at Christmas

You thought your drunk uncle was the worst part about Christmas? These tragedies, large and small, should put things in perspective.

5 Tips for Properly Storing Christmas Decorations

Make the set up and break down of Christmas decorations a breeze with these simple tips.

10 Myths About Christmas

Can't say "Xmas"? Sure, you can! Despite Christmas' popularity among Christians and non-Christians alike, little-known facts like this -- and even outright myths -- abound. Here are 10 enduring myths about the holiday, exposed at last.

The Krampus Gallery of Holiday Doom!

For many children, the holidays summon visions of sugarplums and fanatical devotion to a magical old man with a sack of gifts. But there's a dark side to yuletide traditions. Welcome to the domain of Krampus!

Christmas Tree Pictures

Is decorating a Christmas tree part of your annual holiday traditions?

5 Ways to Survive the Holidays With Your Family: A Movie Lover's Guide

The holidays are all about spending time with family: sharing meals, sharing moments and even sharing bedrooms in some dire cases. Who knew your holiday survival guide was in your favorite movie? Take some tips from Snoopy and Ralphie.

5 Things Your Holiday Guests Won't Tell You

House guests are basically at your mercy. You call the shots when it comes to the menu, planned activities and even the ambient temperature. Their smiles say "I'm having fun," but their eyes are pleading for some quiet time.

10 Things Stores Don't Want You to Know: Holiday Shopping Edition

We know it's close to Christmas when we hear the jingling sound -- of cash registers that is. Before you make your holiday purchases, check out our list of store secrets that can make your shopping experience easier.

Christmas Pictures

Christmas is celebrated by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Get in the spirit with these pictures of holiday baked goods, singing songs by the warm fire, giving and receiving of presents and more.

5 Trends for Your Budget-friendly Holiday

You can stick to a budget without skimping on Christmas decorations. Here are five ways to trim your costs while keeping the holiday trim intact.

5 Early Shopping Tips to Beat the Holiday Rush

Avoid the holiday shopping rush with these tips for starting your shopping early -- preferably before Black Friday.

10 Surefire Holiday Gift Ideas

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with these sure-fire holiday gift ideas.

6 Holiday Eating Tips

It can be tempting to partake in the food orgy of the winter holidays, but try these six tips to help you have a healthy holiday season.

Holiday Survival Basics

These tips might help ease the tension, save money and help you stay sane this holiday season.


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