At Christmas there is giving, and in the happiest instances, giving with joy is part of it. This act of love is not a natural instinct.

Hokule’a is a replica of the vessels used by Polynesians to settle the Pacific Ocean a thousand years before the arrival of Europeans.

“Dear Santa — Andrew Bacheller is four years old and is asking you for three motorcycles. Happy Holidays. His Mom, Vineyard Haven.”

Santa made his list, checked it twice and then prepared to fly to the Vineyard. This year the trusty Gay Head Light helps him find his way.

There were many who didn’t expect the Boston Globe Spotlight experiment to last more than a year, much less 45 years.

The movie In the Heart of the Sea recently opened in theatres around the world. It is a maritime thriller based on the book of the same name, written...