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Hanukkah Games for Kids

Hanukkah, from the Hebrew word for "dedication," marks the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. However, the oil burned for...

Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts For Family Fun

Thanksgiving is a time for families to express gratitude for the good things in their lives, so why not use arts and crafts to help communicate that message? Move beyond the trace-your-hand turkeys with ideas like the Thanksgiving Tree from...

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...

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...

Avoid the Emergency Room - Put Safety First on the Fourth

For years I dreaded sunset on the Fourth of July. You see, after a day of fun and good food with family and friends, when our three boys pulled out their arsenal of fireworks they'd purchased at a roadside stand (are all boys pyromaniacs?) my...

With Liberty and Justice for Baby Names

If your due date falls around Independence Day, the idea has probably crossed your mind: "Born on the 4th of July." Should you mark the occasion with a name, at least a middle name? A generation ago, a founding father name like Madison or...

Children's Face Paint Recalled Due to Contamination

Contaminated face paints are recalled by FDA. Image: sxc.hu
Memorial Day is a solemn holiday to be sure. The last Monday in May is a time to remember the men and women who have died while in military service. But in true American style, we will...

Valentine's Day - Family Affair or Over-Celebration Nation?

After every ad for flowers, chocolate and sweet romantic moments, my wonderful, tragically unromantic husband laughs boldly and whispers: "Sucka!" He actually can be romantic, he just doesn't like to be told to be romantic. By Hallmark. So the...

Martin Luther King, Jr. - 5 Websites with Facts for Kids

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day that gives us a chance to stop and remember Dr. King's vision for the people in the United States, as well as a fitting precursor to the inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday. If you want to teach your...

Parents Complain About Longer Vacation

Because Christmas fell on a Thursday this year and because Christmas Eve has always been a day off, the superintendent and the school board in Howard County, Maryland decided to add two days to the beginning of winter vacation and give students the...

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale Take Kingston Skating

It's winter break ... having trouble keeping your kids occupied? Take a cue from Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, who recently took son Kingston, 2, rollerskating. The family hit the rink on December 23rd, Gwen and Gavin holding little Kingston...

What Do You Do With Holiday Cards?

There's nothing I love more than getting holiday cards--they're like getting a surprise in the mail nearly every day of the two weeks preceding Christmas. I decorate my bookshelves with them and, frankly, use them to update my master mailing list...

GPS Prevents Thefts of Baby Jesus

Sure, it sounds hysterical, but leave it to modern technology to solve a long-standing problem around the holidays. No, I'm not talking about how Santa's sleigh makes it to the houses of good boys and girls the world over in one night. Rather, I'm...

Obama Action Figure Outselling Elmo!

Hard to believe, folks, and yet it is true. Not only do we have a truly historical election and to-be presidency on our hands, but we also have a toy that has at last broken the final frontier of consumerism--outselling Elmo! For those of you...

Holiday Card Etiquette

The holidays--they're the best time of year, and the worst. They bring out the best in all of us, and the worst too. How to get through them Hopefully with more grace than Jack Daniels (see Christmas Vacation for reference). And, yes, there is...

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