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Happy Winter Solstice! At Last, We've Made It To 'The Shortest Day'

Dec. 21 is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Susan Cooper, who wrote the solstice poem "The Shortest Day," collaborated with illustrator Carson Ellis on a new picture book.

If you're tired of eggnog, twinkling lights and family gathered by an open fire, then this is a holiday story for you. Betsie Van der Meer/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: A Ye Olde Holiday Tale For 2019

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Twentytwofourteen The Album Leaf

More and more congregations are making a space for sad feelings during the holidays. First Congregational United Church of Christ in Portland, Ore., held its Blue Christmas service earlier this month. Deena Prichep hide caption

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'Blue Christmas' Services Offer Refuge From Holiday Cheer

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Silent Night Holy Night Mahalia Jackson

George MacKay (center) plays the British soldier Schofield in 1917, the war drama co-written and directed by Sam Mendes. Fran├žois Duhamel /Universal Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures hide caption

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'It Was Part Of Me': Director Sam Mendes On The Family History In '1917'

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The Night Window Thomas Newman
Eucalyptus Koresma
Canyon Walls Koresma
Ledge Sea Of Years

"It was important for me to stay away from [religious themes with] this special, because I think there's a lot of other things that a lot of different people could enjoy about the holidays," Musgraves says. Anne Marie Fox/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show' Revives A Classic Holiday Tradition

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Fireflies Lights & Motion
Fox Tales Koloto

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