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  Religious or not, many worship the Christmas tree. Within religious literature and the most personal family traditions, the tree represents birth and death; every winter, we might erect it and toss it aside weeks later, only to have it reborn next year. Sometimes we immortalize real trees with precious ornaments and family photographs that will be framed forever.     For those of us who mourn our trees after they leave our homes is Gergo ... Read More
  As I dug through the vintage photo archives of various families on Ebay and Pinterest circa the early to mid 20th century, I was increasingly confounded by the persistence of dolls. Almost every photograph of little girls on Christmas also features her most prized holiday gift: a doll. Of course one would hope that girls had a few more options; after all, boys are not offered toys that underscore the importance of physical beauty or childcare in the way ... Read More
  From Potpourri of Pearls, the outstanding band that describes its music as "a perversion of 90s easy listening music,"comes this magical frenzy of Christmas cheer. With the help of some troll dolls, these artists have found a way to express the universal tensions that come with this time of year. And with introducing someone special to your “unusual” family. Watch the gleefully absurd and visually arresting “Hang Me” ... Read More
You know the feeling. The one you get after spending massive amounts of money on thoughtless gifts you bought in a holiday shopping frenzy…oops. Try something a bit more meaningful this year, and donate to some lady loving causes. Here at BUST we are suckers for girl empowerment. So my present to feminists (and those wanting to impress them) is this collection of inspiring organizations benefiting women and girls.  Room to Read focuses on gender ... Read More
  Ever since I first saw the beautiful claymation creation Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I yearned for a stuffed animal from the Island of Misfit Toys, that glorious realm of toys that had been rejected for flaws, big or small, in their construction. These stuffed animals were one-of-a-kind; they were inexplicably soulful, both sorrowful and enduringly hopeful.     When I stumbled upon the work of the brilliant toymaker Matlyak Tatiana, my ... Read More
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