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Christmas

Recent Christmas Stories

An artist's rendering of a child's wooden truck, festooned with a red ribbon

A man who loved making wooden toys for kids' charities at Christmas sees his life's work carried on after his passing.

by Christine Goebel
, Salisbury, Maryland

Michelle Mahnke's Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

Michelle Mahnke gathered a diverse group of Vegas casino workers together to make Christmas cookies from a variety of cultures. Now you can try these recipes at home! Read Michelle's story!

 


Million Dollar Fudge

Nothing says Christmas like a rich and nutty fudge!

by Michelle Mahnke
, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

Traditional Lebanese cookies called Ghraybeh, flavored with orange-blossom water

These traditional Lebanese cookies are crescent-shaped and flavored with orange-blossom water.

by Michelle Mahnke
, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

A rack of Michelle's Christmas Cut-Out Cookies, just out of the oven

These butter cookies have that classic flavor, the one so many of us associate with the holidays.

by Michelle Mahnke
, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

Russian Tea Cakes

These cookies are widely associated with Christmas, though their connection to Russia is questionable. How they came by their name is lost to time.

by Michelle Mahnke
, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

Michelle Mahnke's Christmas Cut-Out Cookies

Michelle Mahnke gathered a diverse group of Vegas casino workers together to make Christmas cookies from a variety of cultures. Now you can try these recipes at home! Read Michelle's story!

 


Krumkake

This wafer cookie is a traditional Scandinavian Christmas treat.

by Michelle Mahnke
, Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota

Daniel Kessel

An unexpected encounter brightened a dark day for assistant editor Daniel Kessel

by Adam Hunter

John and Carol on their wedding day

An amateur Santa guides a hospitalized boy to the source of all hope and healing.

by John Forrest
, Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Super hero figurines bow before the Christ child.

Did her grandsons really understand the meaning of the Nativity?

by Mary Lou Schulz Kaelberer
, Denver, Colorado

Mrs. Laird (center) and some of her former fourth-grade students reunite.

“Imagine how you would feel, alone in a country where you don’t have family or friends,” she said to her class.

by Johnna Laird
, Fremont, California

Easy-to-make paper poinsettias

Diana Aydin demonstrates how to make paper poinsettias for your home or to share with friends. Read Johnna Laird's story about sending these flowers to a soldier in Afghanistan!


Have a loved one deployed? It's time to pack those Christmas boxes.

by Edie Melson

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