Category: Holiday

Printable Christmas scavenger hunt clues for gift-finding fun, 2017 edition

Printable Christmas scavenger hunt clues for gift-finding fun, 2017 edition
Update: Find a complete list of 46 clues and printable versions here. Drumroll, please! I am proud to present the fifth annual Between Us Parents Christmas Scavenger Hunt! I’m happy to share this family tradition that I’ve enjoyed since I was a little kid and my dad wrote fantastic rhymes that kept us busy on Christmas... Read more »

The new St. Nicholas Day tradition of giving that I'm starting with my teen

The new St. Nicholas Day tradition of giving that I'm starting with my teen
December 6 is St. Nicholas Day. (On the Julian calendar, it is December 19th.) The Dutch tradition of filling children’s shoes with treats that they discover in the morning of St. Nicholas Day is observed by families around the world. St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who cared and provided for the poor and sick in... Read more »

New books for tweens that make great gifts

New books for tweens that make great gifts
Books make great gifts at any age, and giving a tween a book they love can truly be the gift that keeps on giving, especially if it ignites a love of reading, introduces them to new friends, or gives them a fantastic new world to inhabit. Gifting books also reinforces that reading can be fun, not a... Read more »
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7 great subscription boxes for teens and tweens - 2017 edition

7 great subscription boxes for teens and tweens - 2017 edition
Subscription boxes are a great gift option for tweens and teens. Kids love getting the mail and the element of surprise. Givers love that it’s tailored to the child’s interests and easy to give. They can also be a great way to connect with kids and serve as great conversation catalysts. I’ve done prior posts... Read more »

22 Easter basket ideas for teens and tweens

22 Easter basket ideas for teens and tweens
Find an updated list of 33 Easter basket ideas here. Tweens and teens may have outgrown some of the usual Easter traditions, but they never seem to be too big for fun holiday gifts. Here are fun Easter basket ideas for teens and tweens. All of these can be found on Amazon. Most were eligible for... Read more »

Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues, 2016 Edition

Printable Christmas Scavenger Hunt Clues, 2016 Edition
Update: Find a complete list of 46 clues and printable versions here. One of my favorite holiday traditions from my childhood was a scavenger hunt on Christmas Eve that sent us all over the house and ended with finding one present to open, often something that could be enjoyed by the whole family. Sharing the clues that... Read more »
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8 Christmas commercials that will move you to tears

8 Christmas commercials that will move you to tears
Commercials are designed to sell products, of course, but during the holidays they can also be touching reflections about what really matters in this season. Some of them are more like very short films, with online versions lasting longer than a quick television spot and taking just enough time to have a big emotional impact.... Read more »

8 fun subscription boxes for teens and tweens, 2016 edition

8 fun subscription boxes for teens and tweens, 2016 edition
Welcome to the third annual Between Us Parents roundup of subscription boxes that are great for teens and tweens. They make great gifts for the holidays and for birthdays, graduations, and other occasions. You can find the prior years here and here. This year’s list features new suggestions not included on any previous list. All prices... Read more »

Printable Easter Scavenger Hunt Clues - 2016 Edition

Printable Easter Scavenger Hunt Clues - 2016 Edition
Back by popular demand (well, a few politely phrased requests) is the Easter Scavenger Hunt! An Easter Scavenger Hunt can be a fun way to keep bigger kids busy while little ones do an egg hunt, or just a way to add a little fun when it comes to finding their Easter basket. These clues... Read more »
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What is paczki?

What is paczki?
I grew up in Central Ohio, not an area of the world known for having strong Mardi Gras traditions. When I moved to Chicago 15 years ago, I saw several mentions of paczki as being important on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent begins. In fact, I quickly discovered that many people in the area... Read more »