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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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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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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 Charlotte

by Jodi Helmer. Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AM
City center sculpture
Charlotte may always be known for big banks and NASCAR but, as celebrities like Claire Danes and Damian Lewis have discovered while filming the Showtime drama Homeland around town, there is more to this Carolina city than cash and cars.

Countless new shops, restaurants and condos have opened up, the UNCC debuted its new football stadium this spring and BB&T Ballpark in Uptown is starting to take shape (the Charlotte Knights will take the field in 2014).

A bit of bad news: The Penguin has filed for Chapter 11 so order fried pickles and PBR while you can!
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Discover Something New at Home in Louisville

by Zach Everson. Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AM
Louisville hasn't changed much since your last visit (if it had, it wouldn't really be Louisville). The biggest difference: national and international media have caught on to what a gem the city is. One change you'll want to note is that the city finally loosened its liquor laws to allow for boozy Sunday-morning brunches.
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