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Constance Alexander: The simple gift of reading brings peace on earth during Christmas season

In Iceland during World War II, foreign imports were restricted and gift options were scarce. Even though paper was cheap, such a small country could not support a year-round publishing industry. As a result, book publishers flooded the market with new titles in the final weeks of the year, thus launching the Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð. To make the Christmas Eve tradition possible, the...

Tracking Santa: NORAD will be keeping satellite tabs on Jolly Old Elf’s travels tonight

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 61st Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official...

Robert Treadway: Clay’s gift to America
on Christmas Eve 1814 was precious, indeed

On Christmas Eve in 1814, 37-year-old Henry Clay, along with John Quincy Adams, his then and future political rival, and three other peace commissioners, gave the United States a Christmas gift it had long awaited: a peace treaty with Great Britain ending the War of 1812.   Some thought it fitting that Clay be present at the ending of a war that he had helped begin. As early as 1808, Clay had...