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A family tradition can be rooted in anything — watching the same movie every Thanksgiving; making tamales at Christmas; carving ice lanterns in the depths of winter; or simply resolving to take a long family walk on New Year’s Day. But whether we’re joining a tradition shared by millions or building a family tradition of our own, a tradition is nothing more than the decision to carry something forward — because it brings joy, affirms our values, or pulls the generations closer. And the most rewarding part of the holidays is inducting our kids into the traditions we care about — and in the process, watching those traditions mix, merge and evolve to carry forward something essential and universal.

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5 Iconic Christmas Movies Your Kids Can’t Watch

great xmas movies that are just for parents

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The All-Time 25 Best Holiday Movies, Ever

From family movies to movies for grown-ups, and everything in between, here’s your new-essential guide to holiday movies.

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My Dad Was No Cook, But His Tamale-Making Parties Were Legendary

My parents hosted a tamale-making party every Christmas for 34 years, until disaster struck. This year, we’re bringing it back.

Food Traditions

What Chefs Serve For The Holidays

From a beloved cheese ball and whole-roasted cauliflower to beef bourguignon and the best almond brittle you’ll ever bite into, here’s what the pros serve at their holiday table.

Positively Shocking

James Bond's Guide To Wellness In New Year

Let the king of good taste and optimization guide you to become your best self.

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12 Cold Weather Family Traditions That Make Winter More Bearable

From snow-sculpture parties to chili cook-offs, these traditions provides some necessary warmth when winter arrives.

Let Your Kids Eat As Many Sweets As They Want For The Holidays. It’s Good For Them

Bestselling author Virginia Sole-Smith wants you to challenge diet culture at the holidays — even if that means the kids don’t eat veggies for a week.

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The 10 Most Notorious Old-School TV Holiday Specials

Not all TV holiday specials are created equal.

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Weezer’s Christmas Album Is The Best Christmas Album

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A Family That Walks Together

The myriad benefits of walking are well-documented, for health and happiness. But if we force the kids to tag along, is it still a good walk?