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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
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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 Orlando

by Terry Ward. Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AM
Lately, it's been all about the ever-evolving artisanal food scene in Orlando's thriving downtown neighborhoods like Thornton Park and Audubon Park. Every time you turn around, there's a new tapas bar opening or a bespoke tasting event. The city's neighborhoods that focus on fine and affordable food are truly flourishing.
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Discover Something New at Home in Denver

by Eric Peterson. Posted Dec 17th 2013 11:00 AM
A view of downtown Denver before sunrise.
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Denver has been on a tear lately. Union Station is in the midst of a $500 million redevelopment that will bring a hotel and restaurants to the iconic depot. North of downtown, the RiNo neighborhood is also taking off, both Broadway and Colfax Avenue see new businesses open on a near-daily basis, and urban revitalization is spreading in all directions from the city center.
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