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How to Share the Holidays with Friends of Many Faiths

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Hanukkah Celebration via Wikimedia CommonsMost holidays are about faith, family, and friendship, so it’s only natural that we want to include those we care about in our celebrations. With a little bit of sensitivity, we can share our traditions with those of other cultures and faith without making them feel isolated or judged–and without compromising our own beliefs. Here is what I’ve learned from my own experience and the experiences of friends from other faiths. Read the rest of this entry

What Does He Really Want for the Holidays?

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January via Wikimedia CommonsMen are notoriously difficult to buy for. And nothing stings quite like a beloved’s look of apathy (disappointment!) when he unwraps what you thought was the perfect present. In search of answers, I sought out advice from my “informal panel of men.” With their help, I present three general principles for giving gifts to men and a few ideas to get you started. Read the rest of this entry

How to Build Your Own Holiday Traditions

When you’re living away from home, and especially if you’ve started a new family, setting up your own holiday traditions can be a special challenge. If you’re married, you want to honor customs from both of your birth families but come up with something special for your the family you now share. If you’re single, you want to adapt your family’s customs to fit your new lifestyle and community. Read the rest of this entry

Can’t Wait for Christmas? 8 Holidays to Celebrate before December 25

Christmas is a “season” in many Christian churches that lasts, not from the beginning of November until Christmas day, but from Christmas Day until the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. In those Christian traditions, the weeks leading up to Christmas are part of Advent, a period of fasting and reflection in preparation for the holiday. Read the rest of this entry