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An Anthropologist Explains Why We Love Holidays

The most important function of holiday rituals is their role in maintaining and strengthening family ties.

The mere thought of holiday traditions brings smiles to most people’s faces and elicits feelings of sweet anticipation and nostalgia. We can almost smell those candles, taste those special meals, hear those familiar songs in our minds. Ritual marks some of the most important moments in our lives – from personal milestones like birthdays and […]