I'm Dreaming of a Right Christmas

Fall 2001

I’m Dreaming of a Right Christmas

Edwin Stepp

Robert C. Boraker

You’ve probably heard that the Western world’s biggest holiday is steeped in paganism. But have you asked yourself why it matters? 

On the Trail of the Easter Bunny

April 5, 2012

On the Trail of the Easter Bunny

Alice Abler

Easter is considered one of the oldest and most sacred Christian holidays, but what do rabbits and eggs have to do with the celebration? 

Thanks, But No Thanks

November 8, 2007

Thanks, but No Thanks?

David Hulme

Soon most Americans will take a holiday to give thanks, but most will likely do so by simply eating too much. Is this the legacy of the first Thanksgiving?

Fall 2002

Halloween: Treat or Trick?

Bill Butler

It’s more popular than ever and it may seem harmless enough but is there another side to the celebration of Halloween?

Mothers Day

May 9, 2007

Mother’s Day or Mothers’ Day?

Larry Green

Returning to a nostalgic past may not be what is required to equip the family to face the rigors and pressures of modern life.

Measuring the Good Life: Interview with Jeremy Rifkin

Fall 2004

Measuring the Good Life

David Hulme

David Hulme asks Jeremy Rifkin: “How do America and Europe compare on quality-of-life issues?” 

Cultic Convergence: Valentine's Day Traditions

Winter 2010

Cultic Convergence

Alice Abler

The title and image of the Queen of Heaven persist in popular religious tradition. Ancient pagan images took on new connotations as traditions were assimilated.

Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men

Fall 2012

Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men

Martin Coates

The proclamation of “peace on earth and goodwill to all” is popular at Christmas time. In a world torn by war, crime and greed, where is the peace and goodwill?

Just Who Is Santa Claus?

Fall 2007

Just Who Is Santa Claus?

Alice Abler

By working backward through history, we find that Santa Claus has been with us in various guises for thousands of years.