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A first edition of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (bottom) and an original layout (top) (Credit: AP Photo/Tony Talbot)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Turns 75

Now a Christmas icon, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by a department store adman enduring a great personal tragedy 75 years ago.

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The Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights

Edward Hibberd Johnson not only added flash and color to Christmas trees when he introduced electric lights in 1882, he saved lives in the process.

British memorial commemorating the 1914 Christmas Truce (Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

World War I’s Christmas Truce, 100 Years Ago

On the Christmas Truce’s centennial, look back at the moment when the holiday spirit sparked impromptu ceasefires along World War I’s Western Front.

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Christmas Traditions, Past and Present

According to the latest Pew Research Center survey, nine out of every 10 Americans celebrate Christmas, but only half of those view it as a religious holiday.

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Santa Goes to War

The modern image of Santa Claus first appeared in a Civil War illustration, and it wasn’t the last time St. Nick was deployed in wartime.

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World-Famous Christmas Tree Will Light Up Tonight

As the tree lighting at New York City’s Rockefeller Center marks its 81st anniversary, find out more about this sparkling tradition.

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Letters Shed New Light on World War I’s Christmas Truce

Newly discovered letters sent by a British officer from the Western Front reveal a more complicated truth behind the famous Christmas Truce of 1914.

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The Royal Roots of the American Christmas Tree

An American holiday tradition was launched by a fashionable British queen celebrating an old German custom.