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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 a...

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...

Favorite Holiday Toys of Yore

They just don't make toys like they used to. I'm all for advances in technology and whatnot, but I really appreciate--and miss--the quality and craftsmanship of the toys that were around when I was a kid. They seemed to be built better, last lo...

Worst Stocking Stuffers

As mentioned in the Best Stocking Stuffer post, buying gifts for your loved ones this Christmas or Hanukkah, stocking stuffer variety or otherwise, can be a real chore. What should be fun and festive becomes harder and harder each year, to the point...

Kid-Proofing the Christmas Tree

Growing up, I always had a Christmas tree. When I was little, I don't recall considering pulling it over or removing (and eating) the ornaments on it, but those of us with kids know those are the serious risks we take when we engage in one of the m...

Should Presents Be a Surprise?

Whilst trapped in traffic the other day I overheard a debate over whether or not holiday presents should be a surprise. On one side, the argument was that Christmas, for example, is all about the surprise and the thought that counts in getting...

Economy Hurting Moms More than Dads this Holiday Season?

As we all know, times are tough this holiday season. People are spending less on everything, including presents. Many parents will no doubt fore go something special for themselves in order to provide for their children. More often than not, accordi...

Taking the Kids to see Santa

Will you be taking the kids to see Santa Claus this year? I know I will. My son will be about twenty months old this Christmas, which I think is about the right time to start in on an ages-old tradition. That tradition includes a lot of magic, myste...

Have You Heard of the Christmas Countdown?

Ah, the World Wide Web. It brings people, information and cultures together like nothing else ever has, and probably ever will. The mysteries and magic of the unknown cease to be, replaced by the infinite possibilities of knowledge. The Internet can...

Outgrowing the Kids' Table

I'm sure you remember as a kid sitting with all your sisters, brothers, and/or cousins at the kids table for your holiday meal. Most kids were fine with it, especially if it was, say, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve when the...

DailyDish - Let the Kids Set Their Own Thanksgiving Table

This Thanksgiving, save time and sanity (yours) by letting the kids decorate and set their own table....

Will Economy Affect Kids' Christmas Lists?

When I was a kid, I knew next to nothing about money. My parents still laugh about the time when I put together my Christmas list for Santa and asked for a microwave for my mother and new socks for my father. In my eyes they were equal things, as the...

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