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Ode to an Old Tree
A Blank Canvas
A Ride for a Lifetime • An Uber trip took a detour when the driver offered his ailing passenger one of his kidneys
GLAD TO HEAR IT 3 STORIES TO Make Your Day
How to Write an Unforgettable Holiday Letter • Nothing tells family and friends you're thinking of them more than a form letter. But how to begin? Don't fret! Writing the annual holiday missive isn't difficult. To help you get started, we've jotted down a few simple rules to guide you. alongside an annotated version of the letter we're sending out this year.
Cider the Service Cat
LIFE IN THESE United States
A Cup of Comfort • The delicious beginnings of a beloved winter tradition: drinking hot chocolate
Magical Facts About the World of Disney
HUMOR in UNIFORM
WHERE, OH WHERE?
ALL in a Day's WORK
Holiday Eating to Boost Immunity • Don't worry, you can still enjoy yourself!
News FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
LAUGHTER THE BEST Medicine
HMM … WHERE HAVE I SEEN THAT FACE BEFORE? • Three art lovers meet their artistic doppelgangers.
Holiday Miracles • Magical tales of Christmas cheer, shared and received
The Cat Who Came Home for Christmas • And the making of a believer
When a Doorbell's Ring Means Hope • Who was leaving these mysterious gifts on our doorstep each night?
Blizzard Rescue • A disabled man was stuck in a snowbank—until a stranger heard his cries
A Scout Plays Santa • He sold more popcorn than almost anybody, but he had a bigger goal in mind
THE BEST GIFT I EVER GOT • Handmade or bought, these presents don't skimp on thought
10 NUTRITION myths • Plus what health experts want you to know instead
I WANT TO LIVE • The “most wonderful time of the year”is hard for many. Here, suicide survivors share what keeps them going.
SO THAT'S WHY WE DO THAT! • Where did all these common habits and inventions come from?
PARADISE ON FIRE • The historic town of Lahaina, Hawaii, was burning, overwhelmed by the deadliest wildfire in modern U.S. history. For many, the only escape was to leap into the ocean.
FIND YOUR NEW FAVORITE HOBBY • Have more fun. Learn new things. These aren't bad New Year's resolutions! Here's how to get started.
Next Goal Wins
The RD List
Brain GAMES SHARPEN YOUR MIND
WORD POWER • Wouldn't it be ice? In case you hadn't noticed, this three-letter sequence is all over the English language. As the winter solstice approaches, raise a glass to the ice hiding in these choice quiz words. If one or two skate by you, take our advice and check the answers on the next page.
A TRUSTED FRIEND IN A COMPLICATED WORLD • Friends and Family by Tom Froese, exclusively for Reader's Digest