The Valuable Lesson of Mortality

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The questions we dread are the same ones everyone else dreads. They’re better asked and contemplated in community.

A Civilized Christmas

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In this installment of “Love, Recorded,” the baby falls in love, unrequited, and Matt ponders the socialization element of the holidays.

What Happens When Santa Doesn’t Deliver

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Craig Playstead is humbled—once again—by his son and a simple truth about Santa.

The Call of the Red Suit: Santa is Still Here

I love my Merrimack Hall kids. Heck, I just love being Santa.

Santa Bob has a new heart and will be listening to the secret wishes of children and adults for many years to come.

Christmas in Last Breath, NH

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A Santa Claus walks into a bar…

The Call of the Red Suit: Santa Needs a Miracle

Every Santa needs a Santa Chair.

A heart attack lead to unbelievable news – Santa Bob needed a new heart. Bob Boyer writes about his journey from transplant patient back to the Red Suit.

The Call of the Red Suit: Becoming Santa

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Being Santa is a calling, and when the red suit called, Bob Boyer answered.

Do You Believe in Santa, Daddy?

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Kids have questions about Santa, and they aren’t always easy to answer. DorkDaddy has been there, and he handled it perfectly.

The 12 Best People of 2012

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Sean Beaudoin compiles the dozen best people of the year—drawn from the avalanche of overall excellence we experienced as a culture. Also, their less impressive counterparts.

10 Books to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

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Read these books to get in touch with the holidays in your heart.

10 Things I Want for Christmas

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My list for Santa is a little different than most.

Attempting to Make Christmas Not Suck This Year

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No amount of repenting and stretching and bitching is going to change anything. We are already all right.

25 Ways of Thinking About the Holidays

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In the first Love, Recorded of 2012, Matt looks back at the holidays, the baby turns 6-months-old and vulnerable, and the family plays Sleeping Lions. ♦◊♦ 1. When I was growing up, we spent most Christmases at the house my parents got as a wedding present from my great aunt, who lived through three nominal […]

Dear Santa: My Son Won’t Leave Occupy Boston

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An Occupier and his mother write letters to Santa Claus.

From Slim Goodbody to the Fresh Beats

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Chris Illuminati is more upset than a grown man should be when an actor on a kids’ TV show gets replaced.

A Jewish Santa

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For a few hours one Sunday a year I get to be the most special person in the lives of a few hundred 4-year olds. Can anything be better than that?