Believing in Santa Claus helps children become critical thinkers. (AP Photo/Herald-Times Reporter, Matthew Apgar)

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Before we posted our family holiday photo on Facebook, we mailed images of our idealized selves to the people we loved.

  • Daniel Gifford
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  • Dec 25, 2014

Airlines aren't giving up their big holiday profits.

  • Volodymyr Bilotkach
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  • Dec 25, 2014

Forget Fox's War on Christmas. There's a much more pernicious religious attack going on this month.

  • Daniel W. Drezner
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  • Dec 24, 2014

The BBC started broadcasting Christmas ghost stories in 1923.

  • Derek Johnston
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  • Dec 24, 2014

When the point is not how much is spent but the spirit in which the giving is done, the gift becomes quite powerful.

  • Renée Köhler Ryan
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  • Dec 24, 2014

Reduce the likelihood of air rage with a few preventative steps.

  • Leon James
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  • Dec 24, 2014

My family fled in 1959. Will the paradise I remember be there when I return?

  • Gigi Anders
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  • Dec 23, 2014

This holiday season, take time to just let life happen.

  • Eve Fairbanks
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  • Dec 23, 2014

Ending the ban on executions of terrorists in Pakistan was necessary.

  • Mina Sohail
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  • Dec 23, 2014

Even when presents seem "disinterested and spontaneous," it is "in fact obligatory and interested."

  • Lisa Regan
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  • Dec 23, 2014

Some commentators think that Barack Obama's foreign policy is based on rejecting baby boomer bromides. But there's another way to think about it.

  • Daniel W. Drezner
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  • Dec 23, 2014

According to economic theory, gift giving is highly inefficient. According to me, economic theory is annoying.

  • Jared Bernstein
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  • Dec 22, 2014

The Putin era may come to a difficult and premature end.

  • Mike Bradshaw
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  • Dec 22, 2014

Instead of seeing Raúl Castro shaking President Obama’s hand, I would like to see him, his brother, and all their henchmen being tried for crimes against humanity.

  • Carlos Eire
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  • Dec 22, 2014

Though the final Potter book was published in 2007, Rowling seems eager to retain an influence on how we understand her books. She should stop.

  • Michelle Smith
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  • Dec 22, 2014

A lot of people proclaim the existence of a "higher ed bubble." Let's make a bet to see if it's true!

  • Daniel W. Drezner
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  • Dec 22, 2014

The electoral generals are fighting an old war that doesn't speak to the economic reconnection agenda voters need to hear.

  • Jared Bernstein
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  • Dec 22, 2014

The oil and gas industry needs to start cooperating with regulators.

  • Fred Krupp
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  • Dec 22, 2014

The shift toward late motherhood is often presented as a story of liberation from the biological clock. Don't believe it.

  • Jenna Healey
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  • Dec 19, 2014

On North Korea and "The Interview," I got nothing.

  • Daniel W. Drezner
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  • Dec 19, 2014
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I’m Jewish, my boyfriend’s Christian. Our holiday decorations are very complicated.

I'm Jewish, my boyfriend's Christian. Our holiday decorations are very complicated.

  • Lindsey Kaufman
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  • Dec 24, 2014