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Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Holiday Tips to Stay Safe

Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Holiday Tips to Stay Safe

| December 13, 2019 | 62 Comments

December is bursting with festivities, and with those festivities are often alcoholic beverages. It’s fine for you to have a few drinks, of course, and drinking moderately can help set a good example for your children of appropriate and responsible alcohol usage. Of course, every year we hear of injuries and fatalities caused by drinking […]

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Holiday on a Budget: Giving Experiences

Holiday on a Budget: Giving Experiences

| December 9, 2019 | 17 Comments

We’ve been talking over the past few weeks about ways to make the upcoming holiday season more affordable. Most of us need to watch our holiday budgets, and starting to think about gifts early can make a big difference in your credit card statements come January! Many times, the extra time and energy you invest […]

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Family Traditions: St. Nicholas Day

Family Traditions: St. Nicholas Day

| December 5, 2019 | 20 Comments

Our family enjoys hosting foreign exchange students, and over the years, we’ve been able to experience some of the interesting observances and celebrations that other cultures participate in. One of our family favorites is one that a German student brought to our home several years ago: St. Nicholas Day.
In Germany, children place one or two […]

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Holiday Bargains: Gift Baskets and Care Packages

Holiday Bargains: Gift Baskets and Care Packages

| December 4, 2019 | 24 Comments

The holidays are quickly approaching, but if you’re like anything like me, you spend the first half of December wishing that you’d started your holiday shopping earlier! With many of us feeling the economic pinch, you might not be in the position to spend a lot of money on Christmas and Hanukkah gifts. Homemade gifts […]

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Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah Traditions

| December 2, 2019 | 8 Comments

I grew up with a Catholic mother and a Jewish father, so I was exposed to all sorts of holiday traditions. Although we celebrated Christmas at home, we’d go to my paternal grandmother’s house every December to observe Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights. We’d gather at some point during the celebration to light candles […]

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How to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

How to Find the Perfect Christmas Tree

| November 27, 2019 | 17 Comments

The search for the perfect Christmas tree is a holiday season rite of passage for many families. You want to love your tree – after all, you’ll most likely be looking at it for several weeks, and for many people, the tree is the center point of the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations, so […]

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Making Thanksgiving Traditions

Making Thanksgiving Traditions

| November 19, 2019 | 13 Comments

When I was little, we would always gather at my grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving. My aunt would roast the turkey at her house, and she’d make two different kinds of stuffing: one with sausage, and one without. My mother was in charge of making mashed turnips (which I disliked as a child and still don’t […]

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October 16 is Dictionary Day!

October 16 is Dictionary Day!

| October 16, 2019 | 15 Comments

October 16th is Dictionary Day. It was designated as Dictionary Day because it is the birthday of Noah Webster, who you may recognize as the man who gave us Webster’s Dictionary. It is to Noah Webster that we owe the standardized American spellings of words that we’re familiar with (for example “color” as opposed to […]

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International Chocolate Day: September 13

International Chocolate Day: September 13

| September 13, 2019 | 29 Comments

International Chocolate Day might just be one of the best days of the year! If you’re in the mood for a sweet celebration, you’re in luck. September 13th is designated International Chocolate Day. The origins of this holiday are unclear, although September 13th is the birthday of both Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey chocolate […]

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March 10 Is Middle Name Pride Day

March 10 Is Middle Name Pride Day

| March 7, 2019 | 15 Comments

Today is Middle Name Pride Day. A rather obscure holiday, it’s a day to celebrate your middle name! When I was pregnant with each of our children, my husband and I would talk at length about names. We put almost as much discussion and thought into middle names as we did into first names, but […]

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