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The Obligation of Gifts

The Obligation of Gifts

For those of you with Christmas trees, they probably look a little barren following the unwrapping of presents. What did you get for Christmas?

December 26, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
Cats, Children, and the Box of the Future

Cats, Children, and the Box of the Future

Children are quite a bit like cats. No matter how much you spend on gifts for them, inevitably it is the box – which had contained the gift – that seems to provide the most raucous and satisfying entertainment for them.

December 26, 2013 — Brian Malow

Santa Traditions Around the World

Earlier this week, I shared a link on Twitter to a piece on Brain Pickings on how anthropologist Margaret Mead suggested we talk to children about Santa Claus: Belief in Santa Claus becomes a problem mainly when parents simultaneously feel they are telling their children a lie and insist on the literal belief in a [...]

December 24, 2014 — Krystal D'Costa
The Persistent Myth of Holiday Suicide

The Persistent Myth of Holiday Suicide

More urban myth than actual reality, the holiday season does not have the highest incidence for suicide. Though suicide is the most preventable kind of death with an average of 3,000 people dying by suicide each day – November and December actually have the lowest rates of suicide.

December 16, 2013 — Deborah Serani

A Tet Zoo Christmas

It's time to shut down shop for the Christmas season -- even though we never did get to 23 comments on the recent article about monkeys and evolution.

December 23, 2015
The First Supper

The First Supper

Last Christmas, we looked at why most celebrate the birth of Jesus with foods more closely associated with Bethlehem, Pennsylvania than the Bethlehem Jesus was born in.

December 22, 2014 — Layla Eplett
Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

Another year; another Christmas around the corner. The conversation around the watercooler these days has evolved into the annual where has the time gone?

December 18, 2013 — Jordan Gaines Lewis
The Year Drones Ruined Christmas

The Year Drones Ruined Christmas

Kylie ran towards her fallen dragonfly and knelt beside it. One of its four wings had snapped nearly in half. She rummaged through a toolbox until she found a small tube of accelerseal, bit off the cap and squeezed a generous amount onto the wing’s fracture, holding the two pieces together.

December 23, 2013 — Ferris Jabr

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