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  • 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.