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Christmas in Cappadocia

by Sean McLachlan. Posted Dec 20th 2013 10:30 AM
Winter - Cappadocia, Turkey
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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
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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
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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 New Orleans

by Jay Forman. Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AM
Christmas bows on lamps in Jackson Square, Saint Louis Cathedral; New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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It took a while, but the long-anticipated recovery from 2005's Hurricane Katrina is in full swing. A profusion of new restaurants provides New Orleans diners with an embarrassment of edible riches. A rapidly maturing high-tech sector has attracted the attention of Forbes Magazine, and a cutting-edge medical complex is rising on the edge of the CBD. The syncopated idiosyncrasies that set this city apart are still here, but New Orleans is more dynamic and egalitarian than ever.
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Discover Something New at Home in Phoenix

by Elise Riley. Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AM
Camelback Mountain shot at sunset in the valley of the sun located in Scottsdale and Phoenix,AZ
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Set beneath the watchful eye of the Camel's Head, Arcadia looks much today like it did years ago. Good thing local business owners sneaked in some changes in the Camelback Mountain area sure to please your palate. Many tried-and-true favorites are still around, with a few surprises.
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