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Santa Claus

Is Santa real? Kids turn to Google to find out.

In the countdown to Christmas, Google trends show a spike in "is Santa real" searches.

Eggnog, sauerkraut and cookies: feeding the ghosts of Christmas past

One makes an effort to be of good will, and my mother’s goodwill gesture toward Grandmother each Christmas was sauerkraut.

How Germans celebrate their holiday

Like in almost every other country, Christmas is a big deal in Germany. Only the traditions are a little bit different. Starting with the 'Adventskranz' which is basically a braided wreath made of...

Christmas in Finland

In the land of reindeer, families eat lute fish on Christmas Eve and celebrate Little Christmas on the Saturday before the first of advent.

Be Good for Goodness Sake!

You'd better watch out -- especially when surfing at work. You-know-who knows when you've been good or bad -- and I'm not talking about Santa!