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Why Do the Holidays Make Us So Nostalgic?

There’s something about the holiday season that often makes us all a little nostalgic. And it’s not just the result of carefully-crafted marketing by retailers — psychological experts say that wistful feeling has an actual purpose.

Krystine Batcho, a professor of psychology at Le Moyne College in New York, says nostalgia helps us feel connected to one another and can even ease pain during a crisis.

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Why Is Christmas the Perfect Time for Telling People They’re Overweight? — Health Check

Who says the holidays have to be all warm and fuzzy? According to some health groups in the UK, Christmas can be the perfect time to tell a loved one he or she is overweight.

It may sound rude, but experts insist the health risks involved with obesity, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke, make it worth the uncomfortable conversation.

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The Newest Dangers to Watch Out for This Season Are Christmas Decorations?

They may look like innocent reflections of the festive holiday season but if you’re not careful, you’ll be seeing a lot more red than green at Christmas.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) issued an alarming study that found that accidents caused by holiday decorations went from 10,000 cases in 2007 to more than 13,000 in 2010.

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‘A Christmas Story’ Is America’s Favorite Christmas Movie…What Else Is There? — Survey of the Day

It wouldn’t be Christmas time without Christmas movies, and even though the same half-dozen or so holiday classics tend to be played again and again during December two Christmas films folks are still not sick of are ‘A Christmas Story’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’

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Finally, Parents Take the Heat for Spoiling Their Children During the Holidays — Survey of the Day

It’s usually everyone else’s kids who are spoiled (never our own), but a new Parents.com survey reveals that moms and dads are admitting they have a problem when it comes to spoiling their kids during the holidays.

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10 Tasty Homemade Christmas Cookies to Keep Kids and Santa Happy [VIDEO]

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Cookies are a must for Christmas festivities, although they’re mainly for jolly St. Nick. In light of the fact that we must appease this Santa of ours, why would we default to plain old sugar cookies when you can truly wow holiday revelers with more unusual choices? Don’t worry, making awesome cookies doesn’t mean it takes a lot of work.

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Are You Going to Use a Real Christmas Tree This Year? — Survey of the Day

While the smell of pine is every bit as much of a part of Christmas as candy canes and your drunk Uncle Marvin, the majority of Americans will be opting for a tree of the fake plastic variety this year.

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Say Goodbye to Holiday Spirit, Most Aren’t Fazed by It This Year — Survey of the Day

Despite all the glitz and glam, all the lights, tinsel and gifts, the holiday season doesn’t bring cheer to the majority of Americans. According to a new survey from Poll Position, only 37 percent of 1,072 adults surveyed answered that the holidays make them happier.

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