Christmas

It was cold and long but it brought magic and the children loved it

Fifty years ago winter was still pretty much the season of discontent. Time out of mind poets had abused and libeled it. They said that winter brought snarling gusts to nibble the juiceless leaves. They charged that plague and pestilence came with it. Every mile was two in winter. It tamed man, woman and beast. He who passed a winter’s day escaped an enemy. A sad tale was best for winter. Read more >>
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THOMAS EDISON’S GIFT TO THE SEASON

Twelve classic holiday movies worth seeing when you can’t sit through It’s a Wonderful Life one more time

Some of the best moments in hundreds of movies took place at Christmastime. And the author may have seen every one of them.

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A World War I soldier writes home about the Christmas holiday in his hospital, "one of the merriest, happiest seasons of my life"

Illustrated with late-nineteenth-century magic-lantern slides Together with a brief inquiry into a Christmas mystery

When up on the roof there arose such a clatter That Herbert rushed out to see what was the matter

On Christmas morning of 1929 Fire Marshal C. G. Achstetter of Washington, D.C., commenced the tedious paperwork that follows a $135,000 fire. Read more >>

Many a book, a magazine, a play, a movie, has been banned in Boston. But Christmas?

Many a book, a magazine, a play, a movie, has been banned in Boston. But Christmas? Read more >>