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How to Play: Gift Wrap Relay

Wrap and unwrap gifts to win. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Two boxes of the same size, pre-cut wrapping paper (one piece for each player) and tape. How to play: Divide the kids into two teams. Let them know that this is a team game, whe...
Your team wins if you wrap and re-wrap your gifts first.

What Are Your Favorite Christmas TV Specials?

'Tis the season for Snoopy. Credit: Amazon
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... on television! No matter what holiday you happen to celebrate, most of us probably have a Christmas TV special or four that we look forward to every year...
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... on television!

Christmas for the Non-Religious is About Love, Peace and the Right to Believe in Just That

Holiday spirit doesn't have to be religious. Illustration by Dori Hartley It's a balmy 80 degrees down here in South Florida, and my daughter and I have decided tonight's the big night: We're going to pu...Religion may not be our thing, but love? Well, that's something to believe in.

Woman Accused Of Stealing Gift Cards from Foster Children

There were a few less presents under the trees in Florida foster homes last month, police in Tampa say, because someone tried to steal Christmas. The Tampa Tribune reports police arrested Kristie Feliz Smith, 23, last week for allegedly using Wa...

From My Family to Yours...

Happy New Year, everyone! Sometimes things don't work out as planned, and that's what makes life fun and interesting. The video clip shows what happened when the Duffy family went to cut down their Christmas tree and my husband, Sean -- wh...

Christmas and Kwanzaa Foods: Safe or Scary?

Gingerbread houses satisfy your sweet tooth and offer some health benefits. Credit: acheerkelly, Flickr
Thanksgiving is behind us, and since then many of us have been battling against potential repetitive motion injuries: Reaching for and pluckin...

12 Best Children's Books for the Holidays

Snow falling outside frosted windows, fire crackling, two girls curled in blankets on a cozy couch, surrounded by books. I'm seven years old and visiting my best friend who lives just down the street, and we are digging into a huge basket of seasonal...

Batman Toy Dangerous? Really? Because Of Its Ears?!

Why are we so obsessed with a Santa sack full of danger? Toys are not manufactured by evil trolls in the mountains of Mattel to explode on contact, or poison the pretties, or break off into chewable, chokeable chunks. And yet every Christmas sinc...

Cancer Patients Take Flight to 'North Pole'

Maria Jannotti watches her daughter Carla Jannotti pet Pete the Penguin at the North Pole tucked away at an Orlando International Airport maintenance hangar. Credit: Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel / MCT
Kids whose lives have been consumed with ...

The Changing Baby Names of Christmas: Noel, Meet Messiah

What's a proper Biblical name for your Christmas baby? Bible names are a core part of English naming tradition. John and Mary alone once accounted for a quarter of all babies born in England. Yet there's one key name that English baby naming tra...

Don't Kiss Santa, He Might Have H1N1

Santa could spread more than good will and cheer during the holiday season. Credit: Matti Mattila, Flickr
Swine flu is definitely not on Santa's Christmas list this year, and actors who play the jolly old elf in malls across the country are askin...

Top Christmas Games

Christmas is a great time for families to have fun together by playing holiday-themed games. Though there are many games that can be be fun for your family, some stand out. Give scavenger hunts a holiday twist by having kids find Santa's reindeer....

The Grinch: Dr. Seuss' Star Character

The Grinch, Dr. Seuss' star character in "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!", was created in 1957. The Grinch lives on snowy Mount Crumpit, a mountain north of friendly Whoville. The Grinch keeps to himself, living only with his dog, Max. Characteri...

How to Survive the Holidays Without Your Kids

Kidless during the holidays? You don't need to feel down in the dumps. Credit: jupiterimages Just a holiday season ago, you might have been waiting for your children to go to sleep so you could fill their stockings, put out the presents from Sa...

Jim Carrey's "A Christmas Carol" Creepy in a Good Way

When I heard about the latest version of "A Christmas Carol," which opens today and stars Jim Carrey in multiple roles (he's Scrooge, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future), I went in with low expectations for this motion-capture...

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