How I Saved the Christmas Pageant

I couldn’t take our church’s bland Nativity one more second. So I wrote my own.

Dec. 23 2015 8:00 AMHoliday Movie MediationHow to avoid familial strife when choosing a seasonal film.
Dec. 21 2015 12:04 PMI Won’t Be Home for ChristmasA defense of staying away during the holidays. 
Dec. 18 2015 10:00 AMSlate Voice: “No Reason for the Season”Torie Bosch reads her piece on the joy of celebrating a godless Christmas.
Dec. 16 2015 4:35 PMSteamrolling ChristmasHow to appreciate Mannheim Steamroller’s domination of the holiday airwaves. 
Dec. 15 2015 8:09 AMPlaying Hooky for SantaA Christmas shopping strategy to help you avoid the crowds and make better memories.
Dec. 14 2015 9:10 AMTaming the Intolerant UncleAn enlightened approach to dealing with difficult family this holiday season.
Dec. 11 2015 12:26 PMSwedes Are Introverted and Cynical, and So Are Their Christmas TraditionsTheir version of Santa Claus will kill you if you don’t leave his porridge out.
Dec. 24 2014 8:53 PMA Slate Guide to Christmas By the ghost of Christmas past.
Dec. 23 2014 9:17 AMBach’s PrayerReflections on giving.
Dec. 22 2014 10:35 AMThere Were No Selfies in the 1900s. But There Were Postcards.Before Americans sent greeting cards, they used postcards to create idealized images of themselves and their lives.
Dec. 18 2014 10:45 AMThe Regift of the MagiThe three wise men seek the Messiah in the Jersey suburbs.
Dec. 14 2014 8:27 PMDreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel; Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel; Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel …The classic Hannukah game is painfully slow. It’s time to speed it up.
Dec. 8 2014 9:00 AMThe Holiday Gift Guide You’ve Always WantedGreat ideas for people with great taste.
Nov. 26 2014 10:47 AMDon’t Argue Over Thanksgiving Dinner!Solve these conundrums instead.
Nov. 25 2014 11:48 PMThe People’s Republic of PlymouthThe strange and persistent right-wing myth that Thanksgiving celebrates the pilgrims’ triumph over socialism.
Dec. 22 2015 8:00 AMDo “Jewish Christmas” RightFestive Chinese dishes to order during the annual holiday tradition.
Dec. 18 2015 10:14 AMMy Grown-Up Christmas ListSave your loved ones the stress of guessing and tell them what you really want this season. 
Dec. 17 2015 10:54 AMGrief in the Season of JoyHow to survive the first holiday after a loved one’s death.
Dec. 16 2015 10:00 AMSlate Voice: “I Love Being a Christmas Baby”L.V. Anderson explains why she loves her Christmas birthday.
Dec. 14 2015 11:00 AMSlate Voice: “Santa Should Not Be a White Man Anymore”Aisha Harris reads her piece on giving St. Nick a makeover.
Dec. 11 2015 1:54 PMSantaCon Looks a Lot Like Christmas. Christmas 1820, That Is.The push to make Christmas a family-oriented, commercial holiday was a response to rowdy street celebrations.
Nov. 25 2015 12:53 PMSlate Voice: “Giving Thanks After a Split”Listen to Aisha Harris read about the Thanksgiving that brought her divorced parents together.
Dec. 23 2014 2:39 PMYou Can Always Get What You WantWho’s to blame for the trend of holiday “self-gifting”? 
Dec. 22 2014 7:05 PMForget Santa. You Should Celebrate La Befana.Because what Christmas needs is a wine drinking witch.
Dec. 18 2014 7:39 PMPostpone ChristmasWe should celebrate Jesus’ birth in early February, not the end of December.
Dec. 17 2014 2:41 PMHave Yourself a Tactile Little ChristmasGift ideas for parents who want their kids to play the old-fashioned way.
Dec. 11 2014 8:00 AMSaving Santa’s Mail BagA century ago, charities fought to have children’s wish lists sent to the dead letter office. They lost. 
Nov. 27 2014 11:49 PMWhat Do You Give the Person Who Has Netflix?Streaming services are ruining the easy gift. Here’s what to do about it. 
Nov. 26 2014 8:08 AMThanksgiving Day Food Is the Worst FoodThere, I said it.
Dec. 23 2013 11:39 AMThe Best Christmas Carols You’ve Never HeardNowell Sing We Clear will make you think differently about Christmas.