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Nine of the 48 candidates for Alaska’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives participate in a debate on May 12, 2022, at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Loren Holmes / ADN

Primaries are getting more crowded with candidates, and that’s good news for extremists and bad news for voters

The number of candidates running in party primaries has ballooned since 2010. That may result in extreme, inexperienced or controversial nominees who do not represent a majority of voters.
Why did she do all the work while Santa got all the glory? What would happen if she delivered the toys? Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

How Mrs. Claus embodied 19th-century debates about women’s rights

Many early stories praise her work ethic and devotion. But with Mrs. Claus usually hitting the North Pole’s glass ceiling, some writers started to push back.
The pagan tradition of celebrating the winter solstice with bonfires on Dec. 21 inspired the early Christian celebrations of Christmas. Gpointstudio/ Image Source via Getty Images

How Christmas became an American holiday tradition, with a Santa Claus, gifts and a tree

Christmas was popularized in the United States during the American Civil War, when Harper’s Weekly featured the image of Santa Claus visiting the Union Army on its front page.
Nancy Bird Walton preparing to fly a female Santa into north-west New South Wales in 1935. ©Royal Far West

Santa was a lady once — is it time to bring her back?

In Australia, between 1930 and 1950, women repeatedly stepped in to play the role of Santa. So the figure in the red suit could be gender neutral today.
An image of 15-year-old Carlo Acutis during his beatification ceremony in Assisi, Italy. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Who are patron saints and why do Catholics venerate them?

Many saints are venerated for specific reasons, professions or even nations. There are saints who are believed to provide assistance in selling a property.
Young children are captivated by the Santa Claus myth. Yoganov Konstantin/Shutterstock.com

What do kids really think about Santa?

Santa is the best part of Christmas for many children, but do they really believe in a magical man flying around the globe on Christmas Eve?
Imagination and play encourage children to think through hypothetical situations and create new worlds — and even to develop new possibilities for our shared world. (Shutterstock)

Why it’s OK for kids to believe in Santa

For many children, the anticipation of Santa’s imminent journey down the chimney to deliver gifts is nothing but magical.
Not sure if you’re paying the right price for your tree? The Hotelling equation modified by Faustmann can help. Aleksandra Suzi/Shutterstock

The amazing growth of the Christmas tree

A Protestant tradition with pagan roots, the Christmas tree is now a global phenomenon. It also reveals much about market economics, so let’s climb on the sleigh and take a ride around this holiday item…
He’s calling – but will you answer? Russian Presidential Executive Office

How to avoid accidentally becoming a Russian agent

The Mueller report reveals that some U.S. citizens helped Russian government agents organize real-life events, aiding Russia’s propaganda campaign. Don’t be like them.
Research shows that a parent’s level of generosity and charitable behaviour is linked with their child’s display of the same behaviours. (Shutterstock)

5 ways to infuse your family with the spirit of generosity this Christmas

Children start developing empathy and compassion as toddlers and should have a good understanding of generosity by age nine. Parents can help foster these behaviours.

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