Readers react to a column by Ezra Klein about the horrors of factory farming. Also: Hospitals and the unvaccinated; unwanted holiday gifts.
The story of Jesus represented “a wholly new way of being human.”
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.
“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.
Despite a surge in coronavirus cases that dashed plans for travel and celebrations, New Yorkers did what they could to salvage the season.
It’s a time to reflect — and to remember we’re loved.
These objects haunt us; there’s no returning them, not really.
The holidays are off to a rough start. But tradition can help.
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.
On the eve of the biggest holidays in Europe, exhaustion with the pandemic is rising. So is resignation that the virus is endemic.
A holiday story about passion and other adhesives (and an ugly Christmas sweater).
Christmas is the grand miracle that makes space for all the smaller miracles.
The new variant is going to be disruptive, but we have the tools we need to get through this phase of the pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A genre of content that recasts the holiday antihero as a sex symbol has grown from niche into a new kind of Christmastime ritual.
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.
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.
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.
Big brunch dishes and holiday-spiced small treats capture the spirit of sharing and can be prepared ahead for effortless snacks.
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.
A reader has several questions about a holiday tradition.
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.
If you’re looking for an antidote to the most expensive time of year, consider giving them the gift of laughter with a “rewrap.”
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.
Is it any surprise that places where it’s ‘Christmas all the time’ have been attracting a record number of buyers during the pandemic?
Britons don’t know whether the prime minister can save himself, let alone Christmas.
In the Bible, we see the mother of Jesus experience great blessings and unimaginable sorrow.
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?
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.
Fresh seasonal releases from Kelly Clarkson, Bryson Tiller, Nat King Cole and Pistol Annies span genres and generations.
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.
A list of quality holiday movies on streaming services other than Netflix.
Giving thanks for everything from stents to foliage to a musical dog.
Advent is an ideal time to grieve, reflect and look ahead.
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.
Is the streaming service delivering goodies in its holiday stockings? We make an assessment.
If the 2020 holiday season was the year to cancel everything, 2021 is about figuring out how to get our groove back.
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.
December’s materialism can feel perfunctory.
You won’t find any blood-red trees this year.
What’s that reindeer doing with menorah antlers? Retailers want inclusive holiday merchandise, but hit a few snags.
A fabled Christmas tradition continues at a handful of big department stores.
Is it because I didn’t celebrate Christmas growing up?
If you’re struggling during the festive season, you’re not alone.
Bavarian charm, Christmas knickknacks and all-you-can-eat restaurants draw hordes every holiday season to the twinkly streets of Frankenmuth, Mich.
A series of restrictions, including a lockdown in Austria, is expected to put a brake on economic growth.