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Legend of La Befana

By Jeff Westover Of the many images of Halloween none can be scarier for a child than that of a witch — an ugly, stern, mean old woman with a broom. It is an element of Halloween that defies explanation, a betrayal of both history and tradition. The image of…

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Two Months Until Christmas Eve

Hi all, The clock is ticking and the calendar says there are just two months until Christmas Eve…it is amazing at how fast this year has flown! Things are really hopping here at the North Pole. Several elves from the Tracking Department are away from the office this week and…

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Teaching Kids to Behave on Thanksgiving

What is Thanksgiving for a kid? How do they act? What do they do? Thank goodness we have a video from the 1950s to instruct us: Courtesy of RealThanksgiving.com

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Schools Under Fire Again for Aiding Christian Relief Organizations

A media report about a West Virginia middle school participating in a charity event serving a Christian-based relief organization in West Virginia has led to threats of potential legal action tied to the Freedom from Religion Foundation . An individual claiming to be associated with the FFRF has told DefendChristmas.com…

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Ideas for Frugal Gift Giving

By B. Francis Morlan “The year was 1931, I was 7 years old and I had the best Christmas,” Charles Barsdale says. As he nears age 87, his wide open grey eyes appear to twikle. The memory touches him deeply. “My father walked me to the store and spent fifteen…

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A New England Christmas

This is an awesome little video — hardly seen on YouTube but worthy of watching by anyone wanting to feel the Christmas spirit. Great photography of iconic New England Christmas scenes set to a cheery music track that features nothing commercial and sends only a message of “Merry Christmas”. Enjoy!…

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Toys R Us Pulls Breaking Bad Action Figures

Christmas gets blamed for a lot of stuff. But this is a new one. Toys R Us sells more at Christmas than any other time of the year. Every fall they get new merchandise they think will sell during the season. This year they got action figures based on the…

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Toys R Us Pulls Breaking Bad Action Figures

Christmas gets blamed for a lot of stuff. But this is a new one. Toys R Us sells more at Christmas than any other time of the year. Every fall they get new merchandise they think will sell during the season. This year they got action figures based on the…

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Idina Menzel Christmas Preview

Tis the season for new Christmas music videos based on new albums coming out. One of the biggest this year comes from Frozen screecher Idina Menzel, who, we’re sad to report, can’t look more awkward on video than she does on this one. They do throw Buble in there for…

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Pentatonix Releases That’s Christmas to Me

m4s0n501 Pentatonix had the surprising top video hit of 2013 with Little Drummer Boy and they’ve followed up this year with the release this week of a new Christmas album titled That’s Christmas to Me. Hear that song in preview here: The new album is available via the Pentatonix website…

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43 Year Old Christmas Tree Comes Down in South Korea

We forget in the heat of the rhetorical battles of the so-called War on Christmas that Christmas is sometimes used in places where real guns and bullets matter. This week a 43-year old symbol of Christmas and war was removed: South Korean marines have dismantled a 43-year-old Christmas tower on…

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How to Make Lumpless Gravy

A Thanksgiving mystery solved: Courtesy of RealThanksgiving.com

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