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Christmas Spectacular Nostalgia

NAVA BRAHE: When you’re a Jewish kid living in New York City, you can’t avoid Christmas. It’s as in-your-face as another person’s halitosis on a jam-packed rush hour subway train. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is as iconic to a New York Christmas as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Black Friday. I’m not saying the Jewish population just melts into the woodwork until after New Years Day; our enjoyment of the season remains clandestine, but make no mistake – we do have fun with it.

JESSICA BADER: Coming from a family of secular New York City Jews, my relationship with Christmas has always been a bit complicated. From an early age, I was acutely aware of the fact that most of the people around me held different beliefs and celebrated different holidays than I did. My parents (especially my mother), while not really religious, took holidays quite seriously as a time for family togetherness and celebration and lots and lots of food. Christmas wasn’t our holiday, but it was one of the few days a year that brought our nonstop city to something resembling a halt, so we had no choice but to accommodate it. Continue reading

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Do Romantic Comedies Ruin Relationships?

THOMAS DELAPA: If you learn about romance just from Hollywood movies, you’re courting unhappiness.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: The day I met my fiancé, it was raining in Manhattan, and we were both standing under the same canopy, and then he stole my cab, so I had to walk. At the time I was late for an important dinner, and when I finally got to the dinner, dripping wet, he was mysteriously there! I was so angry that I threw a drink in his face. And it turned he was my boss’s son! But I only found this out right before I got up to make a huge speech in front of the whole company! Later, we found love.

SARA WELSH: Relationships built on real feelings aren’t changed by pixie dust.

AKIE BERMISS: Do romantic comedies ruin relationships? Probably. In our culture there is probably there is a generally preoccupation with fantastical situations. We all thinking we’re going to be rich someday, we all want to be the cool person at the party, we all think we deserve to be famous — and we all think true love is just around the corner. These are the falsehoods upon which much of the American Dream is predicated. Continue reading

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Baby Einstein Recall

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Stupid babies need the most attention!

HOWARD MEGDAL: While I agree with Molly that those who put their kids in front of a television are dreaming if they think it will make their babies into geniuses, I do take issue with the idea that we can’t develop a baby’s intellect at an early age. Continue reading

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