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Dec. 29th, 2012 | 04:10 am

Thrilled to bits that my essay on Christmas and zebras was published today in the New York Times/International Herald Tribune!

Christmas for me is stressful enough that I spend it out of the country whenever possible. Spain or Mexico, with beautiful lights and Christmas markets in cathedral squares, are good compromises — I get the pretty parts of the season, but whatever commercialism is happening is in a language I don’t speak. But the best bet is somewhere in the developing world where December 25th is a holiday for only a handful of people.

That’s where I spent Christmas last year.

Read the whole essay here.

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Dec. 31st, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)

What a terrific essay! And congrats on the prestigious publication, as well.

Just discovering the concept of roadside "egg vendors" alone was fascinating, and the description of the movie theater was marvelous.

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