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The Psychological Benefits Of Your Holiday Rituals

When we gather together around a table groaning with favourite dishes on special occasions, what are we doing beyond filling our bellies? Here, four experts in the psychology of family traditions discuss what ritual means in the context of holidays.

A Giant Christmas Light TIE Fighter Is The Perfect Holiday Decor

Briefly: If every November you find yourself in competition with your neighbours to come up with the best Christmas lighting, be thankful you don’t live near imgur user guitarfarts‘ friend. There’s a giant glowing TIE Fighter on his front lawn that would be utterly impossible to beat.

You Won't Immediately Toss Christmas Cards That Magically Stick To Any Surface

There’s a good chance that all those Christmas cards you’re getting ready to mail out will end up in the trash shortly after being delivered. But the novelty of a holiday card that magically sticks to any flat surface — without glue or tape — is sure to save your good tidings from a garbage bin fate.

Christmas In The Past And In The Present In The Same Picture

Christmas is over, wrapping paper has been destroyed, batteries were scourged up and bellies are bigger than usual but we still have a bit of the holiday season to enjoy. It’s always nice to look back at the year that just was but even better to see how far we’ve come too. These pictures show Christmas now and in decades past in the same photo.

The Secret Afterlife Of Recycled Christmas Lights 

A single strand of broken lights is nearly worthless, but 20 million pounds of broken lights is a valuable commodity. Welcome to the Christmas tree light recycling capital of the world, also known a Shijao, China.

You Are An Eco-Warrior Of Wintry Cheer, Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Real Christmas trees are beautiful. They smell good. They look classy as hell. They are not made of plastic and imported from China like most of the fake trees you can buy. They are not fake, which means they are easily assumed to possess that most coveted trait of all, authenticity.

Oxford University Puts All Kinds Of Christmas Items Under The Microscope

This year’s Oxford University season’s greetings explores different Christmas items through the lens of a microscope. From the hard fur of a reindeer to the iconic Santa’s wool cap. Not surprisingly, everything looks gorgeous under the microscope. Christmas too.

Get A New iPhone? Camera? Tips To Master Your Brand New Gadget

There are a couple things that can go through your head upon unwrapping a shiny new electronic device: hell yesss is closely followed by: uhhh, so how do I use this thing? You could read the instructional manual cover to cover, but c’mon F that. So, we’ve compiled some tips for how to master your newly gifted gadget. Now go play.

Aww, A Bunch Of Architects Designed Santa's HQ

On any other day of the year, you might write this off as sentimental schmaltz. But hey! It’s Christmas eve — a day when the fact that hundreds of architecture students actually designed Santa’s logistics center is actually pretty fun.

The Very American History Of Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are a uniquely American tradition. That’s not just because the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America. The tradition embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation, that’s easily overlooked. America doesn’t just make things. America makes things spectacular.

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