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Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

The Chicago River is dyed green each St. Patrick's Day. Credit: Flipped Out, Flickr
St. Patrick's Day, traditionally celebrated on the religious feast day of St. Patrick, isn't just about green beer and parties. It is an Irish holiday that has...

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...

Celebrating Chinese New Year

A Chinese New Year parade. Credit: Global Jet, Flickr Chinese New Year is more than just a big parade with dancing dragons and fireworks. It is a symbolic, 15-day celebration that citizens of China believe will bring peace and prosperity over...

Dreams for this New Year: Resolution Making for the Whole Family

The gifts have been opened, the toys have been broken, the decorations packed away (except for those still hanging, looking forlorn), and Cabin Fever is sleep-deprived and overfed and suffering from a season of excess. Don't get me wrong: we've had...

Some Kids Are Asking Santa For Socks

Some kids are asking Santa for socks this year. Credit: Matti Mattila, Flickr
With the economy recovering somewhat, but not enough, it seems that some kids are asking Santa for socks this year. The Wall Street Journal is not usually the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year. The toys get distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is...

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...

Father's Day Fun - Links We Love

It's time to get ready for Father's Day! Photo: sxc.hu
Got a stepfather to buy for this Father's Day? Or maybe an ex that your kids need to shop for? Here are some helpful hints when shopping for stepfamily. -- Divine Caroline
He makes a...

St. Patrick's Day Fun - Links We Love

Get in the mood for St. Patrick's Day with shamrock shoes and silly glasses. Then ramp up the fun with leprechaun footprints and St. Paddy's cupcakes. -- Alpha Mom Kids need something green to wear but you aren't into shamrocks? Try this cute...

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...

Newborn Babies Wrapped In Christmas Stockings

Just when you think it's safe to say you don't want anymore babies, someone goes and does something adorable with a newborn. When it comes to cute, not much tops a cuddly newborn baby ... except maybe cuddly newborn babies in Christmas stockings....

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