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Christmas Gift Card Miracle: Strangers Play Santa for Families Who Can't Afford Presents

A post on Jennifer Lawson's "The Bloggess" blog started a Christmas gift-giving chain. Credit: Jenny Lawson
Imagine having to tell your kids Santa won't be stopping at your house this Christmas. Or worrying you won't have enough...
One woman's blog entry spurred hundreds to donate more than $20,000 to those in need.

Five Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Winter

Make cookies for a cookie swap. Credit: Getty Images This year, when Dec. 21 rolls around, why not celebrate the first day of winter with fun activities that can become your family's tradition? Here are five entertaining ways to usher...Why not celebrate the first day of winter with fun activities that can become your family's tradition?

Are You More Focused on Family This Holiday Season?

Some gifts are free. Credit: Getty Images
A new study on holiday spending attitudes found that 77 percent of Americans are refocusing their efforts on family rather than gift giving. The study was published by Strayer University, based on...
A new study on holiday spending attitudes found that 77 percent of Americans are refocusing their efforts on family rather than gift giving.

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...
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... on television!

Personalized Holiday Books Make Kids Feel Special

Your child's face will light up as he reads his name in this sweet personalized holiday book. Credit: I See Me!
Order a sweet holiday story book personalized just for your child, and watch her eyes light up like the menorah or Christmas tree. ...
Order a sweet holiday story book personalized just for your child, and watch her eyes light up like the menorah or Christmas tree.

SmackDown: Should Parents Give Gifts to Adult Children?

Mother and daughter battle it out. Is their presence present enough? Illustration by Dori Hartley
Unwrapping Never Gets Old ... Even As I Do by Amanda Feinberg I love receiving gifts. Who doesn't? But when it comes to...
It's the thought that counts. Maybe.

Will You Eat Healthy This Thanksgiving?

Are you counting calories this Thanksgiving? Credit: Mitch Hrdlicka, Getty Images Thanksgiving is about three things -- football, family and food. (Not necessarily in that order.) Let's focus on the food. There has been a lot of...

Are You Cutting Back on Holiday Gifts This Year?

Will your kids be unwrapping fewer gifts this year? Credit: Getty Images
Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means Christmas is just around the corner. No matter what holiday you celebrate, gift-giving is usually a part of the festivities. ...
Although the economy as a whole is in much better shape than it was two years ago, unemployment is still high and many people are struggling to make ends meet. Will the state of the economy affect your holiday spending?

Should Halloween Be Moved?

Should trick or treating happen on a more convenient night? Credit: Toshifumi Kitamura, AFP/Getty Images
This year Halloween falls on a Sunday. Horrors! Should the haunting holiday be moved to a more convenient day? The New York Times points...

March Break Madness: How to Beat Boredom

Hey, there. It's March Break. How are you? More importantly, where are you? If you're reading this, my guess is you're still here. Yup, Cabin Fever is still here, too. We're not in Florida, soaking in vitamin D and splashing in the ocean. We're not...

Heart-Shaped Valentine's Day Crafts

I'll admit it: Cabin Fever is not a Craft Queen. But every year our dining room table turns into a factory for mass Valentine production. The children bring home class lists, we clear crafting space and then set about making a Valentine for everyone...

Travelling with Children? What to Pack in the Activity Bag

A couple of years ago, my husband and I flew with three children, ages 5, 4, and 14 months, to Nicaragua, one of the least-developed countries in the Americas. It is also stunningly beautiful, wild and friendly, its varied geography pock-marked by...

Holiday Baking with Children

The children start their Christmas vacation earlier than usual this year, leading Cabin Fever to think: nothing like a little holiday baking to fill the hours with festive cheer. I have in mind an all-family project. Wouldn't it be merry to prepare...

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...

Sports Traditions as Important During Holidays as Turkey, Gifts Under the Tree

The annual Becher-Ware Turkey Bowl. Credit: Gary Becher
Thanksgiving means family gatherings for some and pumpkin pie for others. For Scott Becher, it means the annual Becher-Ware Turkey Bowl. "It started in 1991 with seven of us playing a...

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