Bask in the joys of Christmas with these classics and spin-offs that are sure to keep your holiday merry, busy, and bright.
By Samantha Mellone
'Tis the season of stress, so it's a great time to teach kids about the importance of being polite. Emily's Christmas Gifts, a story by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, will help your kids learn that the best gifts of all are kindness and consideration.
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Count down to Christmas, while trying to count your cards with this Charlie Brown Christmas Edition of Uno.
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Santa's Coming to Town
Ho! Ho! Oh no! When Santa's sleigh gets separated from his reindeers, it's up to a farm full of animals to make sure kids wake up to their gifts on Christmas morning in Michael Garland's Oh, What a Christmas!
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Everyone's favorite red-nosed reindeer makes this old-fashioned game more fun. The super bright colored pieces are sure
Bask in the joys of Christmas with these classics and spin-offs that are sure to keep your holiday merry, busy, and bright.Read More »from 18 New & Classic Holiday Traditions
- Parents.com | At Home – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 6:09 PM EST
The tree is the centerpiece in your family's deck-the-hall efforts. With our creative ideas, decorating the tree with family and friends can be one of the most memorable events of the season.Read More »from Jumpstart a New Holiday Tradition: 8 Fun Ideas for Trimming the Tree
By Melody Warnick
Each year, choose new ornaments for your children that represent some part of their lives in the last year: a ballerina for a budding dancer, a water-skiing Santa to remind your child of a family trip to the beach. Wrap the new treasures up and let your children open them to kick off the tree-trimming. Bonus: The yearly additions add up to a personalized ornament collection that your kids can take with them when they're grown up.
Arrange a tree-trimming round robin. Invite two or three families to share in the fun, and go from home to home to hang ornaments and drape garlands. (It's best to take care of the lights beforehand.) Make sure each family provides a little something to munch on, too, like savory appetizers at one stop, steaming
The guests are arriving any day now, but the to-do list is endless. Here are 5 simple repairs you can finish off in less than an hour, before the house starts to fill up. --Tabitha Sukhai, thisoldhouse.com
Clean a Clogged Burner
Use a straight pin to remove burnt-on food from the holes. Scrub removable parts with a solution of equal parts warm water and baking soda.
Tighten Loose Chair Legs
Add a dab of epoxy to a wobbly leg; hold it in place with a band clamp or belt and let dry completely.
Repair a Blister in a Vinyl Floor
Puncture the blister and fill with adhesive using a glue syringe. Wipe away excess, then weigh down the spot and let dry. If you don't have a syringe handy, an artist's brush or narrow-nosed ketchup bottle will do the trick.
Fix a Sticky Sliding Closet Door
- Babble.com | At Home – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 4:41 PM EST
I LOVE making homemade ice cream but I have to reign it in around Halloween. It is such a slippery slope with all the candy everywhere! The other day I had some canned pumpkin open and needed to use the rest up so I decided to make frozen yogurt. It is a tad healthier than homemade ice cream and is so tasty for the season. I used a pretty easy method and it came together in a snap. This is one of the last times I'll use it this year, the next time it comes out is for Peppermint Stick Ice Cream!Read More »from 4-Ingredient Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt: A Skinny Thanksgiving Dessert Recipe
• 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, strained
• 1 cup pumpkin puree
• 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Mix everything together in a large mixing bowl until completely combined. Churn the mixture in an ice cream maker for a few minutes until it is a smooth, cool consistency. Alternatively, place the bowl in the freezer and stir mixture every half hour until it reaches desired consistency.
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- BettyConfidential.com | At Home – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 4:21 PM EST
No, honey, with the exception of a few celebs, most of the celebrities wore cringe-worthy fashion on on the American Music Award's red carpet.
-PJ Gach, BettyConfidential.com
heidi klum nicki minaj jennifer lopez
Seriously. Seriously. And I do mean seriously, the American Music Awards fashion sucked. Big time. Were stylists getting even with "difficult" stars or did taste just go out the window before this event?
Out of oodles of celebrities walking the red carpet, only a few wore outfits tha had them looking fantastic. The others….well it kinda looked like Halloween Redux.
The "Show Us Your Boobs!" Club
This special club is usually reserved for celebs who are so insecure, they feel if they don't attempt to flash the audience, no one will pay attention to them.
Is that nervous smile of hers because she's afraid if she moves her arms, something will pop out?
Albanian super star Bleona Qeret is hoping to make a lasting impression. What type? That's up forRead More »from The (Mostly) Incredibly Bad Red Carpet Fashion at the AMAs
Hello,Been a week,today yucky,put in for unemply,proving job searches,then have to make more job searchesfor next claim.NO ONE is hiring,I put in for most any job.No answer,I even fixed up 2 resumes.Turkey Day this week,if we hadn't been invited for meal,we wouldnt' be able to have ,food stamps just don't make it,not if you want to eat for the rest of the month. Who was I kidding about going to Portland?myself I can't even afford the gas! I'm in a very scary mood 'tis the season for one's already precarious mood to swoop you away with really bad thoughts,ideations etc..Hope everyone has a great Turkey Day,Enjoy the food,family,&friends.that's it for this week.I'm trying to get ahead,want to work,need the money.Some way this is going to work out.I believe this!Please believe with me!! Gobble Gobble
Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt 1 Berlin Premiere"As "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" storms into theaters, the three protagonists of Stephenie Meyer's hugely popular vampires-versus-werewolves saga are feeling a little blue about the end of their long, strange trip to superstardom.
This, the fourth film in the series, was shot simultaneously with the fifth, so although Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will have one more "Twilight" premiere to attend in November 2012, the ride for them is basically over.
Stewart is just 21, Pattison 25 and Lautner 19; all three have become household names in the four years since the first film released. It's a position that tends to bemuse them all, especially Pattinson, the dark-haired British hunk who plays Edward, the vampire who loves Bella the human (Stewart) in the saga.
"I guess it's just presented a whole variety of obstacles, in terms of trying toRead More »from The "Twilight" Saga Begins Its Last Chapter
Deep frying is one way to cook a turkey, but not the safest way.
By Philip Schmidt, Hometalk
Benjamin Franklin was a big fan of the turkey, so much so that he nominated the humble bird to be our national symbol. I happen to be a very big fan of Benjamin Franklin, but I can't help wishing he had left us with just one more product of his scientific genius: A better way to cook a Thanksgiving turkey.
Let's face it, most turkey comes out drier than a powdered wig. The white meat literally crumbles, while the dark meat stays intact merely by the tenacity of its stringy fibers. This inherent and perhaps unavoidable aridness is, I believe, the true motivation behind the countless variations for preparing turkey. One has to wonder what our open-minded forefather would think of some of these.
Dunking a whole turkey into a vat of boiling oil was all the rage a few years back but has since gone the way of the countertop espresso machine. You can find recipes for the process from numerous sources, including eatturkey.com. If you'veRead More »from 11 Weird Ways to Cook a Turkey
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 1:14 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Empty out your shopping bags and release the crumbs that have collected in the bottom. Give it a few whacks to make sure that the wadded-up gum wrappers and old receipts fall out. This time when you go grocery shopping, you'll take your food home in pristine, environmentally friendly shopping bags.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Your normal routine doesn't seem boring at all today -- when you get home, you start cooking dinner, play with the dog, wipe down the counters, and water the plants. If you always make playing with the dog part of your routine you will feel less stress and your pet will be happier.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Those evenings are perfect for lying on a blanket
- Redbook | At Home – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 1:14 PM EST
By Aaron Traister, REDBOOKContent Man on Couch
DEAR WHYS GUY:
My husband doesn't get along very well with my siblings' spouses. We're spending Thanksgiving with my family. How can I make the weekend as painless as possible for him?
DEAR REDBOOK READER:
Karel calls the solution to this problem the "Prince Baby Aaron Solution." When she puts me in a situation I don't like and she knows I'm going to quietly complain, be frustrated, and generally act like an obnoxious baby the entire time, she treats me exactly like a parent desperate to placate a spoiled baby and gives me extra special stuff to shut me up.
The minute I open my mouth and start to kvetch she shoves a metaphorical lollipop in there before I can throw a full fledged tantrum. That metaphorical lollipop can be anything from getting out of childcare, to uninterrupted football watching, to horrible amounts of junk food, to new books, and sex!
Related: What Your Man Really Thinks in Bed
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