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  • Originally published 12/05/2016

    A Christmas in Wales Is Like Christmas Anywhere in America

    Bruce Chadwick

    We have a number of wonderful Christmas plays and movies to keep us warm during the holidays. Poet Dylan Thomas’s "A Child’s Christmas in Wales" usually does not find its place on that list and it should.

  • Originally published 12/24/2015

    How the Nazis co-opted Christmas

    Joe Perry

    While some Germans did resist the heavy-handed, politicized appropriation of Germany’s favorite holiday, many actually embraced a Nazified holiday that evoked the family’s place in the “racial state,” free of Jews and other outsiders.

  • Originally published 12/20/2014

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Turns 75

    Although firmly entrenched as a Christmas icon, the tale of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a piece of relatively modern folklore penned in 1939 by a department store adman enduring a time of great personal tragedy.

  • Originally published 12/17/2014

    The Christmas Truce: A Sentimental Dream

    Peter Hart

    From the perspective of the freezing-cold trenches the idea of the season of peace and goodwill seemed surrealistic. Yet parcels and Christmas gifts began to arrive in the trenches and there was a strange atmosphere in the air.