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Seasonal & Holiday Articles

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New Year Celebration - How DID we get from ancient Babylon to Times Square and the Tournament of Roses Parade?

It's Groundhog Day and the Forecast is... - Why do we feel the need to check with a rodent for the weather forecast every February 2nd?

Valentine's Day Love Traditions - Learn the language of love and the history and traditions associated with this most romantic of holidays.

Arbor Day, J. Sterling Morton's Legacy of Trees - How one man's passion to beautify a treeless prairie led to a worldwide holiday of environmental awareness.

Cinco de Mayo, the Real Story - This victory over Napoleon's army not only sparked Mexican pride, but may have saved the United States.

Memorial Day, a Time for Healing - Growing out of a collective need to heal our country's division it is our most personal holiday.

Our Labor Day - Origin of the holiday from the first parade in 1882 to the idea that Labor Day should be the other 364 days of the year.

Indian Summer - Thoughts on the magic of those warm, dry, hazy mid-autumn days of pure beauty and temporary escape.

Autumn Fireworks - Could it be mere chemistry, or is nature throwing an independence celebration this month, as her colors light the sky?

A Celebration of Thanksgiving - What are you doing for Thanksgiving this year? Join us for some fascinating history, family games, cooking advice, and share what you are thankful for.

SAD, the Discontent of Our Winter - Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression where the cure is simply to see the light.

Web of Christmas - From around the world we say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Some surprising background on our holiday traditions, plus Christmas greetings in a hundred languages.

Santa and his Reindeer - Track Santa and his famous reindeer as they fly around the world this Christmas Eve. Also get the inside scoop on the sleigh and Donner's real name.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it STOP - All we asked for was a little snow on Christmas. Did we get it? Noooooooo. Instead, Mother Nature dropped a whopper on us to start the New Year.

 

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