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The Art of Writing Santa Letters

'Tis the season when Cabin Fever begins receiving frantic phone calls from grandparents. "What do the kids want for gifts this year?" In fact, the unspoken question is: "What gifts do you want us to get the kids this year?" Or more specifically,...

Do You Save Wrapping Paper?

When I was a kid we always saved the bows from our presents and put them into a big pile we'd then take a picture of (for posterity, I guess) before hauling them back down to the basement to live for another year before they made their next...

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...

How Santa Travels the Whole World in One Night

When you were a kid, did you ever ask your parents how it was possible to visit every house in every country all in one night (you know, except for the homes of those who were naughty)? Perhaps they came up with something clever to tell you, like...

Top Holiday Cocktails

At some point it seems the holidays have gotten away from the adults. Now that I am an adult with children, holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah have become synonymous with what presents we can get for the kids. Most parents forego giving presents...

The Ten Best Stocking Stuffers

Buying presents for some people can be a very difficult task, especially when you buy presents for them year after year. When you add the concept of then having to get stocking stuffers on top of that the whole holiday season can seem daunting...

Homemade Gift Wrap

If you've got kids, chances are you know that "butcher paper" -- the rolls of paper that butchers use to wrap your meat -- is good for more than packing up steaks. You might even have a roll for your kids to draw and paint on. You can get smaller,...

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...

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa School!

When I was a kid my Uncle Bob, who lived down the street, used to dress up like Santa Claus and visit our house Christmas Eve to deliver presents. He was pretty convincing, I must admit, in his Santa suit, beard and bag of presents (it was actually...

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,...

Great Gifts Under $20

Have you made your list and checked it twice? Have you added it all up and realized it is going to cost you a fortune? With the economy swirling in the drain, most of us can't afford to spend $60 to $100 per kid for a gift that is likely to get...

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...

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...

Fax, email to replace letters to Santa Claus?

According to a recent report I read, the post office receives and distributes more mail on December 17th than any other day of the year. The reason? For one, folks are sending off all their Christmas presents--the 17th is a week before Christmas...

Best and worst gifts?

What's the best gift your kids have ever gotten? What's the worst? There have been quite a few gifts, over the years, that our children have received that they absolutely hated -- or that we, as parents, hated. Some were contrary to our values, some...

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