How We Treat Farmed Animals

Readers react to a column by Ezra Klein about the horrors of factory farming. Also: Hospitals and the unvaccinated; unwanted holiday gifts. 

#agriculture-and-farming, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animals, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factory-farming, #gifts, #hospitals, #meat, #vaccination-and-immunization

How Christmas Changed Everything

The story of Jesus represented “a wholly new way of being human.”

#christians-and-christianity, #christmas, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #grayling-a-c, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ

As Covid Disrupts a 2nd Christmas, Pope Prays for Healing and Peace

In his Christmas message, Pope Francis called on world leaders to resolve persisting conflicts and prayed for people across the globe who are affected by the coronavirus.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #vatican-city

How Do Saudis Celebrate Christmas? Quietly, but Less So.

“Am I in Saudi Arabia?” Once officially banned, Christmas is coming out of hiding in the kingdom, as its ultra-constrictive religious rules are eased.

#christmas, #christmas-trees, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #muslims-and-islam, #saudi-arabia, #shariah-islamic-law

Holiday Spirit Glimmers as New York Endures Another Pandemic Christmas

Despite a surge in coronavirus cases that dashed plans for travel and celebrations, New Yorkers did what they could to salvage the season.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture

When Do We Know Our Life’s Work Is Done?

It’s a time to reflect — and to remember we’re loved. 

#cancer, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #transgender-and-transsexuals

What to Do With Your Bad Holiday Gifts

These objects haunt us; there’s no returning them, not really.

#christmas, #families-and-family-life, #gifts, #love-emotion

On bell hooks and the Solace of Ritual

The holidays are off to a rough start. But tradition can help.

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Despite Omicron Wave, Britons Are Set on Not Losing Another Christmas

For Christmas shoppers in central London this week, little seemed to dampen their spirits. But there was an undercurrent that the city was bracing for further coronavirus restrictions.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #england, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #national-health-service, #shopping-and-retail, #vaccination-and-immunization

Europeans Ponder Living With, Not Defeating, Covid

On the eve of the biggest holidays in Europe, exhaustion with the pandemic is rising. So is resignation that the virus is endemic.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #europe, #italy, #madrid-spain, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘The Nutcracker’ and the Sex Tape

A holiday story about passion and other adhesives (and an ugly Christmas sweater).

#christmas, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion

Christmas Is Weird

Christmas is the grand miracle that makes space for all the smaller miracles.

#black-people, #christmas, #gifts, #jesus-christ

How to Handle Omicron Surge Over the Holidays: a Guide

The new variant is going to be disruptive, but we have the tools we need to get through this phase of the pandemic.

#christmas, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #internal-sub-only-nl

Family Stress Intensifies as Omicron Invades the Holidays

Some people are resigned to another season of restrictions and plan to forge ahead with celebrations. Others are trying to overcome a sense of perpetual fear.

#anxiety-and-stress, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #psychology-and-psychologists

Beware the Elf on a Shelf, Privacy Watchdogs Warn

Privacy organizations acknowledge that the elf isn’t the biggest security threat, but they say that he teaches children the wrong lessons about accepting surveillance.

#christmas, #electronic-privacy-information-center, #elf-on-a-shelf, #privacy

Cecilia McDowall to Debut New Christmas Carol

Each year, the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, commissions an original song for its Christmas service, giving the composer an audience of around 100 million people.

#choir-of-kings-college, #christmas, #classical-music, #hyde-daniel, #mcdowall-cecilia, #music

Supply Chain Shortages Are Dimming Christmas Displays

With twinkling lights, inflatable Santas and computer chips in high demand, the disruption has not spared those who turn their homes into illuminated wonderlands each December.

#christmas, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #lighting, #national-retail-federation, #ships-and-shipping, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #supply-chain

Why Christmas Gifts Are Arriving on Time This Year

Fears that a disrupted supply chain could wreak havoc on the logistics industry over the holiday turned out to be wrong as many Americans ordered early and shopped in stores.

#amazon-com-inc, #christmas, #consumer-behavior, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #fedex-corporation, #gifts, #postal-service-us, #shopping-and-retail, #supply-chain, #united-parcel-service-inc, #united-states

How the Sexy Grinch Spiced Up Christmas

A genre of content that recasts the holiday antihero as a sex symbol has grown from niche into a new kind of Christmastime ritual.

#christmas, #dr-seussthe-grinch-movie, #geisel-theodor-seuss, #grinch-movie, #how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-movie, #how-the-grinch-stole-christmas-book, #social-media

All Anyone Wants for Christmas Is a Covid Test

Up until last week, many Americans were worried about their holiday presents arriving on time. Now, rapid tests are at the top of their list.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #tests-medical

These Carol Singers Are Carrying on, Despite Omicron Variant

Last year, most carol singing in Britain was canceled because of the pandemic. This year, a group of roving singers was determined to carry on, despite the Omicron variant.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #music

‘Christmas on Death Row’ and a Stormy Season for a Storied Rap Label

The 1996 holiday album wasn’t a smash. But 25 years later, it tells a vivid story about the label’s aspirations — and its reality in the aftermath of a devastating series of events.

#christmas, #death-row-records, #dr-dre-1965, #knight-marion-suge-knight, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #tha-dogg-pound

What to Bake on Christmas Morning

Big brunch dishes and holiday-spiced small treats capture the spirit of sharing and can be prepared ahead for effortless snacks.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #christmas, #content-type-service, #cookies, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #popcorn

How Truck Drivers Cook on the Road

Long-haul drivers are under intense pressure this season, but many will carve out the time (and the onboard space) to make steaks, turkeys and charcuterie boards.

#christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #kitchens, #new-year, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states

Ugly Christmas Sweaters, Explained

A reader has several questions about a holiday tradition.

#christmas, #fashion-and-apparel

10 Festive Christmas Eve Dinner Ideas

Ham, soups and stews, turkey and oh so many fishes — New York Times Cooking has a recipe for your holiday, no matter how you celebrate.

#christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #recipes

Why My Family Loves Giving Leftover Junk

If you’re looking for an antidote to the most expensive time of year, consider giving them the gift of laughter with a “rewrap.”

#christmas, #comedy-and-humor, #gifts

Italian Bishop Gives Children Harsh News: There Is No Santa Claus

You’ve been lied to, children heard from a bishop, the latest Catholic clergyman to try to take down Santa Claus and consumerism. Many Italians were not pleased.

#christmas, #european-union, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church, #santa-claus

Santa Claus’s Real Estate Is Booming

Is it any surprise that places where it’s ‘Christmas all the time’ have been attracting a record number of buyers during the pandemic?

#christmas, #frankenmuth-mich, #north-pole, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #santa-claus, #santa-claus-ind

Boris Johnson, Facing Omicron and Scandal, Is in Trouble

Britons don’t know whether the prime minister can save himself, let alone Christmas.

#christmas, #conservative-party-great-britain, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #great-britain, #johnson-boris

What Mary Can Teach Us About the Joy and Pain of Life

In the Bible, we see the mother of Jesus experience great blessings and unimaginable sorrow.

#bible, #christmas, #grief-emotion, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jesus-christ, #mary-mother-of-jesus, #prayers-and-prayer-books

Less Mange, More Frills: Rome’s New Mayor Bets on His Christmas Tree

The annual Christmas tree in the Italian capital has come under scrutiny ever since a 2017 debacle. Will this year’s pass social media muster?

#christmas, #christmas-trees, #food-and-agriculture-organization-of-the-united-nations, #gualtieri-roberto, #raggi-virginia-1978, #rome-italy, #social-media, #united-nations

Holiday Tipping for Homeowners

Think about the people who regularly tend to you and your home, but first set a budget to know how much you can afford to give.

#christmas, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #tips-and-tipping

13 New Christmas Albums That Reimagine Holiday Songs

Fresh seasonal releases from Kelly Clarkson, Bryson Tiller, Nat King Cole and Pistol Annies span genres and generations.

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Finding the Musical Spirit of Notre Dame

The beloved Paris cathedral is still being restored after the devastating 2019 fire, but other churches are keeping its musical traditions alive this holiday season.

#christmas, #churches-buildings, #music, #new-year, #notre-dame-cathedral-paris-france, #organs-musical, #paris-france

New Christmas Movies to Stream on HBO Max, Disney+ and More

A list of quality holiday movies on streaming services other than Netflix.

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Readers Share What They’re Grateful for

Giving thanks for everything from stents to foliage to a musical dog.

#christmas, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #internal-sub-only-nl, #medicine-and-health, #thanksgiving-day

I’m Not Ready for Christmas. I Need to Take a Minute.

Advent is an ideal time to grieve, reflect and look ahead.

#christmas, #grief-emotion, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #internal-sub-only-nl, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Christmas Tree Questions? Ask the Mayor of Rockefeller Center.

For two decades, Correll Jones has been the man to ask about New York’s most famous tree — and where to find the public bathrooms.

#building-service-employees, #christmas, #christmas-tree-lighting, #christmas-trees, #content-type-personal-profile, #jones-correll-1962, #mayor-of-the-rock, #new-york-city, #rockefeller-center-manhattan-ny

Netflix Holiday Movies Ranked, From Tree Toppers to Lumps of Coal

Is the streaming service delivering goodies in its holiday stockings? We make an assessment.

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The New Rules for Hosting That Holiday Party

If the 2020 holiday season was the year to cancel everything, 2021 is about figuring out how to get our groove back.

#christmas, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hanukkah, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting: How to Watch

The Christmas tree will be lit on Wednesday in a star-studded ceremony, which will be open to the public for the first time since 2019.

#christmas, #christmas-trees, #new-york-city, #rockefeller-center-manhattan-ny

Is Holiday Gift-Giving Really Worth It?

December’s materialism can feel perfunctory.

#christmas, #dating-and-relationships, #gifts, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #internal-sub-only-nl

Jill Biden’s White House Christmas Display Looks Very … Normal

You won’t find any blood-red trees this year.

#christmas, #christmas-trees, #dresses, #fashion-and-apparel, #first-ladies-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Hanukkah

What’s that reindeer doing with menorah antlers? Retailers want inclusive holiday merchandise, but hit a few snags.

#advertising-and-marketing, #bed-bathbeyond-inc, #christmas, #e-commerce, #hanukkah, #jews-and-judaism, #michaels-stores-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states

Holiday Windows Are Back. And So Are New York Shoppers.

A fabled Christmas tradition continues at a handful of big department stores.

#bergdorf-goodman, #christmas, #fashion-and-apparel, #macys-inc, #saks-fifth-avenue, #shopping-and-retail, #windows

I Feel Weird Lying About Santa

Is it because I didn’t celebrate Christmas growing up?

#children-and-childhood, #christmas, #parenting, #santa-claus, #youth

How to Get Through the Holidays After Loss

If you’re struggling during the festive season, you’re not alone.

#christmas, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #holidays-and-special-occasions, #travel-and-vacations, #widows-and-widowers

Thanksgiving in a Town Built on Lederhosen and Limitless Meals

Bavarian charm, Christmas knickknacks and all-you-can-eat restaurants draw hordes every holiday season to the twinkly streets of Frankenmuth, Mich.

#bakeries-and-baked-products, #bavarian-inn-frankenmuth-mich-restaurant, #christmas, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #frankenmuth-mich, #lutheran-churches, #restaurants, #thanksgiving-day, #travel-and-vacations, #zehnders-of-frankenmuth-frankenmuth-mich-restaurant

As Virus Cases Rise in Europe, an Economic Toll Returns

A series of restrictions, including a lockdown in Austria, is expected to put a brake on economic growth.

#austria, #christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #germany, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantines, #shopping-and-retail, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vienna-austria