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Learn more about Christmas with this assortment of articles ranging from picking a Christmas tree to Santa and buying presents

Those Who Believe Receive – A Christmas Story

There she stood. 4 years old, with her hair up in pig tails, a red taffeta dress and a sparkle in her eyes that only belongs to the young. Her older sisters at her side, coveting the mystical magic...

Winter Solstice – The Shortest Day of the Year

The winter solstice is the “shortest” day of the year. It is the day that the northern hemisphere experiences the least amount of daylight and the most amount of darkness. Most religious holidays have at least some reference to...

What is Boxing Day?

On a typical American calendar, the day after Christmas is clearly marked with Boxing Day, typically with Canada written in parenthesis to explain that this holiday is not celebrated in the United States. About 99% of Americans believe that...

The Nativity – The Christmas Story

Our nativity scene always went under the Christmas tree, usually with a backdrop of whatever we had created that year for scenery. The nativity figurines were made in my brother’s scout group. And for something that had been hand...

The Meaning of Christmas – It’s Not Just About Getting Gifts

Each year around this time of year, the whole world gets sentimental. It becomes habitual and kind to wish perfect strangers well and to carry our hearts on our sleeves as we smile giddy from the smell of fresh...

The History of Christmas Cards

For as often as people complain about having to sit down and write out Christmas cards, everyone knows that Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without them. Christmas cards typically end up as part of the Christmas décor, and...

The Amount Spent on Christmas Presents vs What Should Spend on Gifts

Ah, Christmas ~ it's the most wonderful time of the year ~ the time for giving and sharing gifts with family and friends. It's a season all wrapped up with celebration and good cheer, so why is it that...

Stress of Christmas – Don’t Let the Holidays Stress you Out

Almost as soon as the school supplies are sold out; stores become full of a fleeting assortment of pumpkins, black cats, and orange candy. If you are lucky you can find some dinner napkins with a turkey or cornucopia...

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

We’ve all heard of him, listened to his woeful plight, and secretly cheered him on when he finally won a place in the heart of his peers when they discovered his usefulness. He is Rudolph, and he is just...

What Happened to Christmas

Long ago and far away, in a simpler time – Christmas was truly magical. It wasn’t about Ipods, gift cards, impressing every acquaintance with a gift card or adolescent wish lists that were a mile long. It wasn’t about...

Places to Visit in Costa Rica – Beautiful Central America

Truly the most peaceful country in Central America, Costa Rica – dubbed “The Rich Coast” by early Spanish explorers – offers a wealth of things to see and do and travelers can enjoy them without worries about their safety or other all-too-common problems present elsewhere in the region. The country...

Christmas Shopping – Stick to your Budget

Santa’s list gets bigger and bigger each year. If you have children, the list normally gets more expensive as well. Christmas shopping is one of those necessary evils, however it can be a great way to get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy the season. There are a few...

Gifts, Goody Bags and Birthday Parties

When you were a kid, you were excited to just get invited to a birthday party. Your parents probably allotted you a $5 or $10 budget to purchase your friend a gift, which meant YOU, had to scale back on something you wanted or needed that week, dressed you...