Slate’s Definitive Christmas PlaylistThe best versions of Christmas classics.
Drones for the HolidaysHelicopters, quadcopters, and this year’s other amazing remote-controlled flying toys
Grapefruit Is DisgustingWhy you shouldn’t give it to your loved ones as a holiday gift. Or to anyone, ever.
Gifts That Say You (Kind of) Really CareHow Facebook has revolutionized gift-giving on the Web.
Santa Writes a Comic BookSt. Nick is tired of kids who only want iTunes gift cards. And he has a plan …
Stop the Parade!Should be wasting our dwindling supply of helium on floating cartoon characters?
In Holland, Santa Doesn’t Have Elves. He Has Slaves.The racist Christmastime tradition Dutch people have begun fighting about.
In a NutshellA brief history of nutcrackers.
What I Like About ScroogeIn praise of misers.
No Reason for the SeasonThe joy of celebrating a godless Christmas.
Why Gift Cards Are EvilThey're the best insult money can buy.
Beyond TinselHow to use pot-scrubbers and costume jewelry to decorate your tree. Plus: The master window dresser judges your Christmas decorating efforts!
Better Than FreedomSlatewriters and editors share their favorite books of the year.
Cooking My Mother's GravyIt's not always easy for mothers to give up directing the Thanksgiving meal.
Giving Thanks to the PlanetTurkey Day eco-mysteries, solved.
The Secret to Perfect Gift-WrappingTissue paper, ribbon, and four pieces of tape.
The Original War on ChristmasThe short, glorious history of the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving.
You’ve Gotta Have BallsThe secret to decorating a great holiday tree. Plus: Enter Slate’s tree-trimming contest!
You Can’t Wrap an E-BookOr can you? Nine ideas for making an invisible gift more fun to give.
What Not To Buy on Black FridayFor starters, put down that Nano.
Soft PowerThe terrifying awesomeness of Nerf guns, darts, swords, and axes.
Blocks, a Tiny Racecar, and a Flying SharkFive of the most innovative toys of 2011.
If Christmas Came Every MonthAre wine clubs, cheese clubs, and other recurring gifts a smart bet for the holidays?
It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter!The best flying toys on the market.
What Is Frankincense?And where does it come from?
"Now I Have a Machine Gun. Ho Ho Ho."Slate's guide to overlooked Christmas movies.
Oy, Hark!A Jewish parent's guide to Christmas specials.
Thanksgiving? No Thanks!Why food writers secretly hate the November feast.
Reinventing the TurkeyWhat Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Saveur, and other magazines recommend you make for Thanksgiving.
The Future of Gaming—In My PocketThe Internet gaming service OnLive now has a tiny console that lets you play video games anywhere.