Holidays

dwindling number of American Jews will bother attending a Passover Seder this year—but some may postpone their own deaths to take part in one.

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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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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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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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‘Tis the season to take umbrage. The notion that politically correct liberals want to stifle less ecumenical versions of seasonal greetings, such as, “Merry Christmas,” is a longstanding conservative trope.

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I'm Sick of Other Holidays, but I Still Love Thanksgiving

It's still inclusive and noncommercial. Be grateful.

Be grateful! The most American of holidays, ironically, is the one that resists the commercialism, competition, and cutsiness of modern American life. 

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From "Black Day" in South Korea to South Carolina's "Secession Day."

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