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  • music

    Hip-Hop Artist Mike Xavier Pays It Forward With a Holiday Toy Drive

    By Zoneil Maharaj

    Once homeless themselves, the rising rapper and his 9-year-old son are helping those in need

  • Ask a Native

    How Does the Native Spend the Holidays?

    By James P. Reza

    I've been holidaying in my hometown for as long as I can remember.

  • Showstopper

    Holly-er Than Thou

    By Steve Bornfeld

    My withered ticker turns to mush—or in my case, gruel—at holiday time, so here’s what your faithful Strip-schlepper left under the neon tree this year for …

  • Concerts

    With the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Christmas Rocks

    By Sean DeFrank

    Now in his 11th year doing his Christmas Rocks tour, the former Stray Cats frontman has something in his bag for everyone, no matter whether you like your holiday season naughty or nice.

  • Music

    Rocking Around the Foil Tree

    By Jason Scavone

    Mining the mid-mod sonic stylings for our annual list of seasonal songs that don’t suck.

  • Pop Culture

    Ten Christmas Songs That Don’t Grate

    By Jason Scavone

    There’s a guy, Christopher Golub, whose job is to program all the music for every Chipotle in America. That’s his gig. He mixtapes a new list of about 500 songs every month, and that’s what you’ll hear while you’re waiting for the one jerk in front of you ordering for the whole office to collect his 30 burritos.

  • Christmas

    Have Yourself a Subtle Little Christmas

    By Geoff Carter

    I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness. My family left the religion shortly before I turned 18. That’s a fun fact I bust out once a year to explain why Christmas feels unnatural to me.

  • Christmas

    3 Questions This Week

    By Heidi Kyser

    Would the real Father Christmas please stand up? St. Nicholas, a real guy who died in 342 A.D., was the patron saint of children. “Santa Claus”— St. Nick’s nickname—became associated with various traditions of giving gifts to kids (in shoes, stockings, etc.), eventually centering around the German Christmas tree in the mid 1800s. UNLV history professor Elizabeth White Nelson gives the skinny on the jolly man in red. How did Santa Claus get tied to the Christian part of Christmas?

  • Community

    Glowing Pride

    By Bob Whitby

    Here in foreclosure land, there are a lot of dark houses at Christmas. They may be empty, or they may be occupied by people who’ve lost the means or the will for festivity. My statistically unsound and wholly unscientific research leads me to conclude that approximately one house in 10 is decorated. Call it the Christmas Gloom Index. This year it feels kinda high.