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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.
Dec 21st, 2011
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.
Dec 13th, 2011
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...
Dec 7th, 2011
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.
Dec 22nd, 2010
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!
Dec 23rd, 2009