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In the Loop: Lighting up the holidays

On the night of the solstice, In The Loop presents "Lighting Up The Holidays: Feeding and fighting our addiction to light." We look at the roles of light and darkness in shaping our holiday traditions and attitudes -- from the Star of Bethlehem to Seasonal Affective Disorder.

  • Powering the holidays
    We're all familiar with the benefits of Christmas lights: holiday cheer, and friendly neighborhood competition. But there's another side of the equation: the cost of our holiday lighting obsession.December 22, 2006
  • How the blind 'see' the holidays
    The holiday festivities are a time during which lights become the center of celebrations, from candles to Christmas bulbs. For some people, these lights are not easy to see. We introduce you to three of them.December 21, 2006
  • The culture of light explored
    Paying homage to light this time of year crosses many religions and cultures. What is it about light that resonates so deeply with the human spirit?December 21, 2006
  • Getting the best of SAD
    Research in areas from marketing to mental health to jet lag shows that light affects us as much physically as it does psychologically. And the outcome isn't always bright.December 22, 2006

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