Christmas

Stop Hating Scrooge!

The 'Christmas Carol' curmudgeon is a forward-thinking liberal

Now that Christmas is safely behind us, and the mob atmosphere of virtue and piety has evaporated; now that, in the post-holiday doldrums, the stacks of wrapping paper have removed themselves to their ghastly translucent plastic bags and the dead trees have begun, one by one, to lie across the sidewalk, forming their final, horizontal forest, in premonition of the universal fate—now, at gloomy last, something should be said on behalf of Christmas's eternal victim, the ever-persecuted Scrooge, who, for all his failings, got one large thing right.

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If the Private Sector Is So Great, Why Did UPS Botch Christmas?

A corrective for market triumphalists

Obamacare haters insisted only the government could botch a website like healthcare.gov. Then Christmas came around.

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Christmas lunch is the most important social occasion of the year

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In what may well be the season’s best Christmas story, Icelandic activists have stalled the construction of a highway because they are afraid for the safety of the local elf population. Most of the time, facts have their place as rightful arbiters of action. Elves do not normally qualify. Friends of Lava, the group leading the effort against the highway, is concerned about the environment and Iceland’s cultural heritage, which is where the elves come in.

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Count the holiday cards on your mantel: That’s how many people care about you, according to a 2003 social-network study.

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Your official Atheists' Guide to Christmas: How to discuss—and enjoy!—Santa, Carols, and even the birth of Jesus.

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Why I Hate Christmas

The Grinch has it right

Traffic, death, obesity—just a few reasons given in this classic 1990 essay about why we should loathe the holiday.

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It's grown-ups, not kids, who feel sad when they learn the truth about Santa

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Christmas Is the Greatest Jewish Holiday

Why I love Christmas—even though I don't celebrate it

Why I love Christmas—even though I'd never celebrate it

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"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Is a Terrible, Terrible Song

You know it's about bullying, right?

The not-so-hidden meaning of this song will ruin Christmas.

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