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How to Get the Christmas Spirit

Having trouble getting into the spirit of Christmas? We have the solution for you: Whitley Strieber's wonderful little book...
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Rudolph's Nose Really IS Red

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is one of those songs we hear piped into stores constantly during this season, and while we may get tired of it, we assume it's just a children's story. But it turns out there's some real science behind it.

When Dutch and...
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The Science of Gift Giving

When we buy someone a present, most of us try to get inside mind of the recipient, but thoughtful gifts--where you try to give someone what they want the most--are NOT the best bet. The giving of a thoughtful gift benefits the giver more than the person who receives it.

In the December 4th edition of the Wall Street Journal, Sumathi...
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What We Hate About Holiday Travel

The holidays are here, and many of us are traveling to see family and friends for Christmas. We've begun to dread those TSA lines that involve the scan and the pat down, being...
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How to Get the Christmas Spirit

Having trouble getting into the spirit of Christmas? We have the solution for you: Whitley Strieber's wonderful little book...
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How to Get the Christmas Spirit

Having trouble getting into the spirit of Christmas? We have the solution for you: Whitley Strieber's wonderful little book...
read more

Rudolph's Nose Really IS Red

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is one of those songs we hear piped into stores constantly during this season, and while we may get tired of it, we assume it's just a children's story. But it turns out there's some real science behind it.

When Dutch and...
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How to Get the Christmas Spirit

Having trouble getting into the spirit of Christmas? We have the solution for you: Whitley Strieber's wonderful little book...
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The Truth About Christmas Shopping

Does it sometimes seem like department stores go out of their way to make the shopping experience unpleasant, when you'd think, especially around Christmas, that they'd do just the opposite? There's a reason for this: It turns out that the less comfortable you are during the...
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The PERFECT Christmas Gift!

The perfect gift to give for Christmas is our exquisite crop circle calendar, and the person you give it to won't see it anywhere else, we're the only place in the United States where you can...
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The Science of Gift Giving

When we buy someone a present, most of us try to get inside mind of the recipient, but thoughtful gifts--where you try to give someone what they want the most--are NOT the best bet. The giving of a thoughtful gift benefits the giver more than the person who receives it.
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Should Your Christmas Tree be Fake or Real?

You want to have a "green" (ecological) Christmas, but you'd also like to have a tree that doesn't need to be watered or have its needles vacuumed up from the floor. Also, isn't it UNecological to cut down trees to decorate every year?
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The Science Behind Mistletoe

There was a mistletoe shortage this year--Does this mean there were fewer KISSES this Christmas? Scientists can't tell us if hanging the plant above a doorway really does inspire love, but they do know the history behind this seasonal plant.

Mistletoe is found mainly in tropical or temperate areas. Its name refers a species of...
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Does Your Neighborhood Look Like It's Underwater?

We switched and now almost everybody has, especially when it comes to Christmas lights. LED lights are cooler and cheaper to run than old-fashioned...
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The Perfect Present May be Something You Already Have

Don't stand in long store lines this year, shop in your closet instead. Maybe "regifting" (giving someone a present that you've received and don't want) is the best way to go...
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Christmas Celebrations of the Third Kind

In 2010, Anne Strieber posted a diary in which she said that there are 3 kinds of Christmas and we can celebrate one of them, two of them, or...
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Order NOW for Christmas

Yes, the giving season is here again, and this year, we have TWO wonderful and totally unique suggestions for Christmas presents to give to your loved ones.
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The Perfect Christmas Present

Our beautiful 2012 crop circle calendar will be a delightful surprise under someone's tree--especially because they'll never see one in a store window, since you can ONLY get them from us!
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Got the Christmas Blues?

With the holiday season in full swing, many people find themselves battling a form of the "holiday blues." And for many women coping with obesity and depression, new research finds that improving your mood might be the link to losing weight--something that's good...
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Water It!

Once ignited, a dry Fraser fir, one of the most popular Christmas tree choices, bursts into flames in less than 7 seconds, and it will be consumed by fire in slightly more than a minute. But if a well-watered Fraser fir briefly ignites, the flame soon dies, which is why keeping your Christmas tree moist can be a matter of life-and-death importance...
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It's not Road Rage, it's

Wrap rage! - According to a poll of Pennsylvania adults, about 17% experienced an injury or knows someone who was injured while opening gifts during past seasons. Wrap rage is defined as anger brought on by the frustration of trying to open a factory-sealed purchase. A March 2006 story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted Todd...

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The PERFECT Christmas gift

With Christmas right around the corner, we're thinking about theChristmas presents we plan to give, and we have one of the all-time best: our annual 2007 crop circle calendar. This comes all the way from England and our store is the only place you can buy it in the US! One customer wrote, "I bought the 2006 and 2007 calendar for my sister as a...

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Christmas: Loneliness & Family Fights

Can't we ever learn to be happy? Some of us feel sad during the Christmas holidays, because we're along, while others dread having to travel home for Christmas, where we participate the same old family fights.

Loneliness and family conflicts can be particularly painful at the holidays. Researcher Dan Russell says we should forget the...

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How Does Santa Do It?

Some of us are skeptical about whether traditional Christmas symbols such angels really exist. Kids are find it hard to believe that Santa Claus could deliver presents to millions of homes and children in just one night. But there's a scientific explanation for this.

Engineer Larry Silverberg says is plausible science that could allow...

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Go Ahead & Give the Wrong Gift

One of the most important things about Christmas is giving. We want to choose the perfect gift for everyone on our list, so we often get them a gift card, so they can pick out what they want. But a philosophy professor says it's better to buy them a BAD gift, instead.

Philosophy professor Steven Gimbel says, "The gift card?sends the...

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A Special Message from Anne

Besides having a wonderful conversation with William Henry about the REAL meaning of Christmas for subscribers, Anne Strieber has a special holiday message for everyone.

NOTE: This news story, previously published on our old site, will have any links removed.

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Are You a Grinch?

According to psychologists, holiday Grinches who excludethemselves from parties or gift exchanges may be doing so inself-defense, pre-empting the possibility that family andfriends will ignore or disappoint them. And a group of New Zealand Santas recently displayed the ultimate in Grincy behavior.

Psychologist Kipling D. Williams, who...

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Christmas Questions

One hundred first-grade students recently got to ask a group of physicians some persistent Christmas questions, such as "How do reindeer fly?" It turns out there were legitimate scientific answers to all (or at least most) of them.

Physicians David J. Dzielak, Andrew W. Grady and William H. Sorey answered the students' questions. When...

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Christmas Kissing Weed

Hanging mistletoe in a doorway in order to get kissed is a classic Christmas tradition. To the ancient Celts and Vikings, mistletoe was a sacred healing plant believed to bestow fertility, bring good luck and avert evil. But there's a sinister side to mistletoe.

Biologist Cindy Ross says that dwarf mistletoe, an evergreen parasitic...

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Dec. 25 Long a Magical Date

The solstice is the day when days start getting longer, meaning that spring, and a good harvest, will return again. The winter solstice starts on December 21st now, but in 283 BC, it was closer to December 25th. The consecration of an ancient Greek sun god statue, the 200 ton Colossus of Rhodes, was celebrated on December 25th of that year....

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