CityBeat - Holiday http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-221-1-holiday.html <![CDATA[In Defense of Everything You Think You Hate About the Holidays - ]]> This year, we’re defending everything you think hate about the holidays, from mother-in-laws to mass to matzo and all the glittery crap in between.
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<![CDATA[In Defense of Saying “Happy Holidays” - ]]>

Fox News’ greatest holiday tradition and perhaps its greatest ongoing bullshit dissemination is its annual reminder that we are in the middle of a war — a “War on Christmas.”

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Scaring Children into Good Behavior - ]]>

 Kids are dicks, scientifically speaking.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Christmas Albums - ]]>

We’ve attempted to gather some of the best Christmas albums — from classic to just-released — so you don’t need to sift through all the dirt and rubble yourself.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Jewish Food - ]]>

Honestly, not all Jewish food is bad, especially this time of year when my people’s cuisine really begins to shine.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Mother-in-Laws - ]]>

When people trade horror stories — or, on the more rare occasion, love stories — about their in-laws, it’s the mother-in-law that tends to be the protagonist (or antagonist).

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Presents - ]]>

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter Solstice or anything in between, it’s one of the few times a year when you don’t have to be rational.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Christmas Mass - ]]>

First, a confession: I’m not Catholic.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Eggnog - ]]>

Eggnog is one of those persistent holiday traditions evoking either fond memories of family gatherings or a general revulsion for the season.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Office Secret Santas - ]]>

Once you receive a present, you’ll always have something to give out for next year’s Secret Santa gift exchange. Just keep it wrapped.

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<![CDATA[In Defense of Doing Social Things During the Holiday Season - ]]>

Events, attractions and light shows for friends, family and more.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Happenings - A wintry mix of Christmasy holiday events]]> Metro Holly Jolly Downtown Trolley — Hop aboard a trolley at the Westin Hotel to see the sights of downtown. The trolley will board at Fifth and Vine streets. Noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Dec. 21.]]> <![CDATA[The Gift Guide 2013 - Presents for the people in your life]]> Presents for everyone on your list ranging from foodies to pet people to couch potatoes and crafty bitches, plus a guide to shopping local online. ... Read the full issue here. ]]> <![CDATA[The Return of the Shillito’s Elves - The historic Christmas display finds a new home in Mariemont ]]>

The Shillito’s elves’ journey from the North Pole has been a long one. From the holiday windows of the John Shillito & Co. department store to a home in Mariemont, they’ve captured the imagination of Cincinnatians for decades.

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<![CDATA[A Cleveland Story - New book explores behind-the-scenes antics of the 30-year-old film ‘A Christmas Story’]]>

Around this time every year, one of our many annual holiday traditions entails saying things like, “the soft glow of electric sex.”

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<![CDATA[Holiday Issue 2012 - ]]> When we enter the grown-up world, there are quite a few aspects of life that lose a great bit of childlike mystique: visits to the dentist, overalls, Hostess products and, perhaps most glaringly, the holiday season. ]]> <![CDATA['Tis the Season - Holiday theater for the nice and naughty ]]>

How does that upbeat holiday tune go? “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”? If you’re a theater fan and a devotee of holiday cheer, that’s the song you’re humming.

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<![CDATA[An Artisan Affair - Local gourmet pantry and party shop offers convenient ways to wow guests or hosts ]]>

Take your fanciest tray or cutting board out of the cupboard where it lurks 360 days a year, and put it in your car. Drive to Dutch’s Larder. Seriously, this is the wow-factor your party always wanted.

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<![CDATA[Give and Get Back - Tailor your generosity this holiday season by considering what matters most to you ]]>

The holiday season is known as a time to celebrate, but, more importantly, it’s a time to give. It’s easy to translate your personal interests into the volunteer world.

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<![CDATA[The Ghosts of Movies Past - An all-start list of seasonal films ]]>

Bourbon-laced eggnog is optional but highly recommended when viewing the following list, which features a healthy dose of dark comedy and familial messiness.

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