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Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Danny Kaye in White Christmas (1954).
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Christmas

Yippee Ki-Yay, It’s Holiday Movies!

There are numerous holiday traditions, but one of the most popular is watching Christmas movies. From more recent favorites—Diehard, Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and Love Actually—to enduring classics, there’s something for everyone. Here we present three movies that have been spreading holiday cheer for some 70 years.

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What Is Boxing Day?

On December 26 Great Britain and certain Commonwealth countries observe this oddly named holiday. But what exactly is it? A celebration of pugilists? A special day for fans of cardboard? Find out the answer in our article.

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First Edition

Travel back to a time when California was still a mysterious land, the United States did not exist, and electricity was a new discovery. Digitized for our valued subscribers, we’ve curated some of the best of the original 2,500 pages, with articles and engravings.

The True Story Of 1917

Destruction in Ypres, 1918
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Battle Of Passchendaele

THIRD BATTLE OF YPRES

Passchendaele represents the worst horrors of the World War I: the sheer futility of much of the fighting and the seeming disregard for the lives of the men in the trenches.

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