By Sophia Yakumithis As a college student, winter break is generally highly anticipated. The chunk of time between Thanksgiving and finals — for me, at least — is brutal, and the relief of not having to do school work for more than three weeks is euphoric. Unfortunately, my “break” was thwarted by a visit to […]

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By Katherine Wright  I didn’t have a traditional experience during my one-time gig as a Christmas mall elf, if there even is such a thing.  There wasn’t a life-size Gingerbread house in the middle of the mall decorated with fake snow and reindeer to supplement an intimidating Santa sitting in a deluxe armchair. Nothing like […]

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I’ll set the scene for you. The dogs are snuggled up on their beds in front of the fireplace. The entire family is gathered around the dogs, as people sit on the couch with mugs filled with steaming hot chocolate. Now if the holidays for you are anything like they are in my family, they’re […]

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I grew up in a typical Jewish household: Hebrew school on Sundays, Bat Mitzvah at age 13, secretly knowing Santa wasn’t real before it was cool. However, despite my Jewish upbringing, I never personally believed in God. It always created a slight paradox in my existence, because despite my personal skepticism, religion has always been […]

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