Friday News Bites: U.S. Elections, Nacho Day + More

Okay, even though the U.S. midterm elections gave the Republicans a congressional majority again, let us console ourselves with how this will make it easier for the Democrats to come back in 2016. We hope, anyway. Let’s get to this and more in this week’s newsy updates.

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Dickens and the Fading Spirit of Giving

Every year around Christmas, we are bombarded with the television networks’ entreaties to be sure and watch this or that movie or special that has become a part of the American Christmas tradition: It’s a Wonderful Life, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Miracle on 34th Street, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, and, of course, A Christmas Carol in its many incarnations. As a matter of fact, it seems many of Charles Dickens’s stories have woven themselves into the fabric of our collective memories of Christmas. One of the towns in the area where I grew up turns their downtown into a Dickens village each December. The giftware company Dept. 56 has a Dickens Village line featuring many of the locations named in Dickens’s works. My alma mater includes an annual performance of A Christmas Carol during its fall theater season. Read More Dickens and the Fading Spirit of Giving