’Tis the Season

A roundup of Slate holiday coverage.

Illustration by Nina Frenkel. Click on image to enlarge.

Me and My Big Wimpy Hobby: I make Christmas wreaths for the ladies in my life. You got a problem with that?” by Alex Heard. Posted Dec. 20, 2006.

The Sovereign vs. the Idiot: What kind of gift-giver are you?” by Joel Waldfogel. Posted Dec. 19, 2006.

A Very Ecumenical Christmas: Why conservatives despise the phrase happy holidays,” by David Greenberg. Posted Dec. 15, 2006.

Bad Corporate Santa: Tell us about your Scrooge-like employer,” Daniel Gross. Posted Dec. 15, 2006.

What Beast Is This? The trouble with Christmas dinner,” by Liesl Schillinger. Posted Dec. 23, 2005.

Bring Out the Kwanzaa Kinara: OK, the holiday is made-up. But for my family it was useful,” by Melonyce McAfee. Posted Dec. 23, 2005.

’Who are my mother and my brothers?’: The Gospels don’t preach family values,” by Lauren Winner. Posted Dec. 23, 2005.

The Maccabees and the Hellenists: Hanukkah as Jewish civil war,” by James Ponet. Posted Dec. 22, 2005.

Jesus and the Gospel—What Really Happened? Three historians debate,” by Larry Hurtado,John S. Kloppenborg, and Alan F. Segal. Posted Dec.22, 2005.

Eluding Happiness: A Buddhist problem with Christmas,” by Jess Row. Posted Dec. 22, 2005.

The Earthly Father: What if Mary wasn’t a virgin?” by Chloe Breyer. Posted Dec. 22, 2005.

What Would Baby Jesus Say?: Nothing, of course” by Jack Miles. Posted Dec. 22, 2005.

The War on Christmas, the Prequel: When the holiday was banned,” by Andrew Santella. Posted Dec. 21, 2005.

Witches’ Brew at Winter Solstice: How Wiccans do themselves in,” by Marc Oppenheimer. Posted Dec. 21, 2005.

Kitchen Confidential: Professional chefs reveal their shortcuts,” by Jill Hunter Pellettieri. Posted Dec. 21, 2005.

The Real Reason Children Love Fantasy: Kids aren’t escapists, they’re little scientists,” by Alison Gopnik. Posted Dec. 20, 2005.

A Christmas Chronicle: How I learned the secret of Santa Claus’ annual visit,” by Maile Meloy. Posted Dec. 20, 2005.

Wreaths: The demure symbol of Christmas,” by Bryan Curtis. Posted Dec. 19, 2005.

No, Really, You Shouldn’t Have: Why clothes make a terrible gift” by Amanda Fortini. Posted Dec. 16, 2005.

The Christmas Puppy: Why you shouldn’t get one,” by Jon Katz. Posted Dec. 16, 2005.

Bon Appetizer!: My quest for the perfect hors d’oeuvre,” by Sara Dickerman. Posted Dec. 15, 2005.

The Fly Pentop Computer: How an educational toy became a hot holiday gadget,” by Paul Boutin. Posted Dec. 14, 2005.

The Gifts of the Mags: What Playboy says you should get your mother-in-law,” by Brendan I. Koerner. Posted Dec. 14, 2005.

The Year in Books: Slate picksthe best books of 2005.” Posted Dec. 14, 2005.

Flags Snap, Heels Tap: The holiday glory of Rockefeller Center,” by Witold Rybczynski. Posted Dec. 14, 2005.

Marathon of Mirth: Had enough Christmas parties yet? Bush has to host 26 of them,” by John Dickerson. Posted Dec. 6, 2005.

Can the Jews Save Christmas?: Hanukkah is late this year. Will this help retailers?” by Daniel Gross. Posted Nov. 28, 2005.

Why Some Feasts Are Movable: How come Lent moves around while Christmas stays put?” by Daniel Engber. Posted Feb. 9, 2005.

Not a Turkey in the Bunch: Christmas feasts from the top-five food magazines,” by Sara Dickerman. Posted Dec. 22, 2004.

Top Nog: Which eggnog is best?” by Dan Crane. Posted Dec. 22, 2004.

A Very D’Souza Christmas: Gift ideas from a leading conservative commentator,” by Timothy Noah. Posted Dec. 13, 2004.

What I Like About Scrooge: In praise of misers,” by Steven E. Landsburg. Posted Dec. 9, 2004.

You’re a Judgmental One, Mr. Grinch: Are those endlessly bragging, mass-mailed Christmas letters rude?” Posted Jan. 22, 2004.

Reindeer Games: Rudolph, bard of the can-do Christmas,” by Virginia Heffernan. Posted Dec. 23, 2002.

Crèche Test Dummies: Nativity scenes on public lands are illegal, rules the Supreme Court. Except when they’re not,” by Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Dec. 21, 2001.

Attack of the Mega-Ornaments: Christopher Radko, the man who super-sized Christmas,” by Alison Cook. Posted Dec. 19, 2001.

Unto Us a Hit Is Born: Why Handel’s Messiah is a holiday soundtrack for the ages,” by Adam Baer. Posted Dec. 18, 2001.

Packin’ It In: Picking the best packing for your holiday shipping,” by Maureen Sullivan. Posted Dec. 14, 2001.

Xmas Fir Trapping: How to bag the balsam, Fraser, or noble that’s just right for your living room,” by Laurie Snyder. Posted Nov. 29, 2000.

Christmas for Jews: How Hanukkah became a major holiday,” by David Greenberg.

Posted Dec. 16, 1998.

Gifts You Can Give the Feds, Gifts You Can’t,” by Bruce Gottlieb. Posted July 2, 1998.

Santa Claus: Building a better Father Christmas,” by David Plotz. Posted Dec. 14, 1997.

The Great Fleece Panic of ‘96: How the media invented an Xmas-present shortage,”

by Jack Shafer. Posted Jan. 12, 1997.

Kwanzaa,” by Carol M. Beach, Posted Dec. 14, 1996.

Going Postal: The best way to do Christmas is by U.S. Mail,” by Jeffrey Steingarten. Posted Dec. 11, 1996.