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When Santa Rinpoche Came to Town

by Lavinia Spalding. Posted Dec 20th 2013 10:30 AM
Dolly Spalding

When I was young, I was a stickler for Christmas traditions. If my father forgot to wear the Santa Claus hat, I pouted. If we didn't watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," I cried. If hot cocoa wasn't served with breakfast, I was capable of a four-star conniption. Dinner was roast goose or Yorkshire pudding -- any substitutions and I about lost my mind.

By all accounts, I wasn't actually a difficult child, but when I was 10 we moved from New Hampshire to Arizona, and I didn't adjust well. I missed our farmhouse and my friends, and I clung to these annual rituals because they made our new house feel like a home. And then I continued clinging, for 20 more years, until the Christmas I learned to let go.
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Christmas in Cappadocia

by Sean McLachlan. Posted Dec 20th 2013 10:30 AM
Winter - Cappadocia, Turkey
Zafer Yazici, Flickr

I used to hate Christmas.

Christmas was not a happy time in the McLachlan household. A holiday that emphasized the joys of family did not go over well with a group of people who couldn't stand each other. Gifts were grudgingly given and indifferently received. The turkey was consumed in edgy silence. The worst of it all was that everyone was expected to paste on smiles and pretend they were having a great time.

That all changed when I spent my first Christmas away from home, in 1993. I had just started a year crossing Asia, and mid-December found me in Cappadocia, Turkey.
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7 Remote Spots to Completely Escape the Holiday Madness

by Anna Brones. Posted Dec 17th 2013 01:31 PM
Tree house in snow
You just can't bear the idea of another stressful holiday season, with out-of-town in-laws overstaying their welcome and ugly sweater parties. So what's your best option? Cut out of town and escape civilization entirely.

Nothing's better for avoiding this time of year than holing up in the middle of nowhere where you can't be reached. So look no further than these seven spots.
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Discover Something New at Home in Houston

by Heather Staible. Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AM
Houston Mural
Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (photographer: Andrew Broadfoot)

One implosion at a time, Houston is losing some of its most memorable landmarks, including the much-lauded Eighth Wonder of the World (otherwise known as the Astrodome).

For life-long Houstonians, it's a kick in the gut, a source of passionate water cooler conversations and a hot political topic, so it's comforting to know we can take solace in new restaurants and bars that are mixing creative quirk with talent and vision.
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Discover Something New at Home in Seattle

by Leslie Forsberg. Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AM
Seattle is more colorful than ever this holiday season. The festive Great Wheel spins merrily on the waterfront, and the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit lights up the Seattle Center. Chefs are reimagining Northwest cuisine at new restaurants around the city. New residents continue to arrive, and condos are springing up in neighborhoods, leading to plenty of grumbling. Still, Seattleites have much to be proud of.
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