Christmas

Merry Christmas! Make this holiday season fun and stress-free with our festive crafts and activities for kids, gift ideas, recipes, party-planning tips, and tips for creating warm family traditions.

10 Holiday Gifts That Anyone Would Love

Have a friend, relative, or secret Santa pick who is impossible to shop for? Check out these go-to gifts that would please anyone at any age, from the person who has it all to the person you hardly know. read more

10 Holiday-Themed Baby Names That Mean Joyful and Bright

Check out our favorite holiday-inspired baby names that mean joyful and bright. Which is your favorite for your Christmas baby? read more

10 Must-Know Tips for Online Holiday Shopping

Many retailers offer you bigger and better deals when you shop online rather than in their stores, including free shipping, exclusive products, and money-saving coupons. Plus, you can browse a wider variety of products and search for suggestions, instead of pacing the aisles. Here are some simple tips and tricks to successfully shop and save online this holiday season. read more

10 Tips for Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

Every year, you promise yourself you won't wait until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, but once again, it's the week before Christmas and you've gotten nary a gift. Don't panic! Before you go into a desperate shopping frenzy, check out these 10 tips for last-minute shoppers. You'll find everything you need with time to spare, and nobody on your list will know you procrastinated (again). read more

10 Tips to Avoid Turkey Day Disasters

Heard all your friends' Thanksgiving horror stories? Find out about some of the most common calamities and learn how to avoid them. read more

10 Toys We Wish We Never Bought Our Kids This Holiday Season

Raise your hand if you bought your child a toy or two this holiday season that is now officially on your "hate list." So, it's not just us, right? Check out our list of toys that our kids love, but we instantly regretted buying, and let us know if there are any we missed! read more

11 Worst Holiday Gifts to Buy Your Spouse

Buying a holiday gift for your spouse can be stressful — we get it. Sometimes, in the throes of desperation, you end up with a gift that leaves a little something to be desired. While you might not always hit the nail on the head with your gift-giving, use this list as a guide for presents you should never (ever) buy your spouse. You can thank us later. read more

12 Days of Fun (and Cheap!) Christmas Activities for Families

Looking to start some simple yet heartwarming Christmas traditions with your children? These kid-friendly indoor and outdoor activities for all ages will help your family bond over the holidays — without breaking the bank. Also, print our Christmas Fun Checklist full of even more holiday activities! read more

15 Holiday Crafts for Kids

These homemade holiday ornaments, cards, and crafts are easy and fun for kids to make for Christmas, Hannukah, or Kwanzaa! Keep these festive creations to hang on your own tree or in your own home, or give them as special homemade gifts. read more

5 Tips for a Greener Christmas

You've probably seen the shocking statistics: Between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans throw away a million extra tons of garbage each week. The 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. And more than 33 million Christmas trees are cut down, sold, and discarded each year. What's an eco-minded person to do? Read on. read more

8 Charitable Gifts That Give Back

These gifts pull double duty. Find something for everyone on your "nice" list, and your hard-earned money goes to a good cause like AIDS research, help for endangered animals, support for the homeless, and much more. This year, bring a little joy into the life of someone you don't know, as you shop for someone you do. read more

8 Imaginative Holiday Gifts for Kids

Looking for a holiday gift that sparks your child's imagination? Turn to these engaging toys, creative games, and crafty kits for kids of all ages. They'll love to dabble with arts and crafts, science experiments, role playing, and more! read more

All About Santa

How much do you really know about Mr. Claus? Take our quiz and find out! read more

And to All a Good Night

Connect the dots to discover an excellent way to relax after a Christmas party. read more

Angel Ornament

Angel OrnamentMaterials:Jumbo craft stick2-4" paper doiliesWhite felt or paperThin red ribbonMini star garlandChild's face cut out of photoRibbon or string to hang ornamentDirections: read more

Animal Dress-Up

Animal Dress-UpMaterials Stuffed animals or dolls Christmas ribbon, bows, or fabric Directions read more

Are Your Kids' Toys Hall-of-Fame Worthy?

Did you know there is a Toy Hall of Fame? Only 44 toys have made it into this select group. Recent inductees include childhood favorites such as the ball, Big Wheel®, and Game Boy®. Read on learn about a few other toys that are worthy of this elite honor, and see how many your kids have in their toy chest! read more

Award-Winning Children's Books to Give in 2015

Check out a list of notable and award-winning children's books to give to kids in the 2014 holiday gift-giving season. Looking for more? Use our Book Finder tool to search for new books for kids of all ages! read more

Bead Ornaments

Bead OrnamentsMaterialsbeads (red, green & white) pipe cleaners DirectionsString the beads onto the pipe cleaner. You can make a variety of designs. For a candy cane, alternate red and white and bend the top of the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape. For a wreath, string green beads onto the pipe cleaner and add a red bead after every 4-6 green beads. Then shape it into a circle. read more

Beaded Snowflakes

Beaded SnowflakesMaterials:'Tinsel stems' or sparkly pipe cleaners Assortment of Beads (with a hole large enough to put a pipe cleaner through.Nylon fishline, slim silver elastic cording, or narrow ribbon Directions: read more

Beeswax Candle

Beeswax CandleMaterials Sheet of beeswax Utility knife Newspaper and wax paper Scissors Yardstick CandlewickDirections read more

Believing in Santa

How do you know when it's the right time to break the news that Santa isn't real? read more

Best Gifts for Kids with LD and ADHD

Best Gifts for Kids with LD and ADHDFocus on Your Child's Talents read more

Bottle Nipple Rudolph

Bottle Nipple RudolphMaterials:1 bottle nippleRed fingernail polishWhite-outBlack permanent pen1 silver or gold metalic pipe cleaner1 strand of gold string to hang ornament Directions: read more

Candy Advent Calendar

Candy Advent CalendarThis activity continues to be a highlight in our family, and tends to mark the official start of our Advent celebrations. Stock up on your candy and supplies, and invite friends or family to make calendars with you. read more

Celebrating Holidays

Answer these questions to learn what traditions everyone in your family cherishes. Find out how to compromise with your in-laws to make everyone's holiday a happy one. read more

Chocolate-Dipped Spoons

Chocolate-Dipped SpoonsAge: Preschool and upTime: An hour or more Type of activity: Arts and CraftsThese spoons are a real treat! read more

Christmas Bells

Christmas BellsMaterials Egg carton Scissors Yarn, string, or ribbon Jingle bells Glue (optional) Glitter (optional) Paint (optional) Aluminum foil (optional)Directions read more

Christmas Candy Countdown

Christmas Candy CountdownMaterials 25 small candy canes, individual pieces of candy, or candy kisses (for each child) 1 bowl, candy dish, or empty coffee can (for each child)Directions read more

Christmas Card Holder

Christmas Card HolderMaterials Large green poster board Small yellow poster board Scissors Large colored clothespins or plastic paper clips Glue Hole punch Ribbon Heavy tape (optional)Directions read more