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Bittersweet Anticipation: Expecting The Expected

Some spend all year waiting for the holidays. But is excitement overrated? Author Ben Dolnick describes the emotional ups and downs of impatience.
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When Ambrosia Salad Spells Dread

Ambrosia salad — the festive dish of green Jell-O, cherries and Cool Whip — was a regular feature on Caitlin Shetterly's husband's family Christmas table. He recently admitted he always thought it was the "grossest looking and tasting thing ever." So of course Shetterly had to check it out.
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A Bowlful Of Memories About A Mama Named Sugar

With fondness and a Southern twang, Penelope Simmons remembers her mother, who was not one to hover. Your foot "could be hanging by a piece of skin," she says, "and Sug would go, 'Oh, baby, go get a Band-Aid. You'll be all right.' "
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Get Into The Holiday Spirit With Scandinavian Glogg

In snowy Norway, nothing evokes Christmastime like a pot of glogg brewing on the stove. The traditional Scandinavian winter drink mixes wine, spirits and spices like clove, cardamom and cinnamon to make for a brew that smells divine and tastes even better.
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Appreciating The Ugliness Of The Christmas Tree

It may not look like a catalog Christmas, but family traditions are what make the holidays special. Commentator Ken Harbaugh explains why he loves decorating with his family — oddball ornaments and all.
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5 Things You May Not Know About Jon Huntsman

The presidential candidate has been an ambassador, a governor and a business executive. But he also had an unusual academic career for a presidential candidate. And some of his former endeavors might surprise you.
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The NBA Is Bullish On Christmas, By Necessity

In 2010, Phil Jackson, then the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, complained about the NBA's scheduling of games on Christmas Day. It seemed, he said, that "Christian holidays don't mean anything" any longer. With its season shortened, the NBA can't afford to skip the holiday this year.

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