Posts tagged "Christmas"

O Tannenbaum! Christmas tree facts by the numbers

O Tannenbaum! Christmas tree facts by the numbers
Tweens have outgrown visits to Santa and they may be ready for something other than Zoo Lights, but there are some traditions that they never outgrow. Trimming the Christmas tree is one such tradition and I’m very grateful for that. My tween asks a lot of questions lately, including about the trees that fill people’s... Read more »

Christmas trivia: 10 fun facts about the history of treasured traditions

<div><strong>How many lights illuminate this year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree?</strong></div>
<div>45,000 multi-colored LED lights adorn the 76 foot tall Norway Spruce. Interestingly, the very first tree at Rockefeller Center was unadorned. Construction workers placed a bare tree there at the center of a construction site in 1931.</div>
<div>Source: Huffington Post <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/05/rockefeller-center-christ_n_4388659.html" target="_blank">Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lights Up</a> and History.com's <a href="http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-christmas-trees" target="_blank">History of Christmas Trees</a></div>
Traditions makes the Christmas season special, but just how much do you really know about customs like Christmas cards, trees and mistletoe? Do you know the history behind The Night Before Christmas and Handel’s Messiah? Test your Christmas trivia knowledge. You may even learn a few surprising facts about the celebrations and rituals that make... Read more »

Monsters, Inc. 3D family movie review

Monsters, Inc. 3D family movie review
My tween and I met up with some old friends from the city for a movie today, and the lack of kid and tween movies this holiday season is appalling.  My tween had already seen the Cirque du Soleil movie and wasn’t impressed. I didn’t feel like having a discussion about prostitution and thus wanted... Read more »
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Fight boredom: Craft projects to do with kids over winter break

Fight boredom: Craft projects to do with kids over winter break
“And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.”  Johnny Mathis knew what he was singing about in “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” as kids  home from school start declaring, “I’m bored!” In the aftermath that follows unwrapping the presents and avoiding writing thank you notes, the kids turn... Read more »

Christmas tradition that grows as kids do: the scavenger hunt

Christmas Eve traditions vary by family. Some get matching pajamas, some eat special meals, and some attend candlelight Mass or services. In my family, our favorite Christmas Eve tradition is a little unusual: we go on a scavenger hunt. Get 10 printable scavenger hunt clues here. From when we were very little, my parents would... Read more »

More cheap holiday gift ideas for kids and tweens

Putting this together is half the fun. Once assembled, it uses three infrared emitting diodes as its "eye" to escape any maze. One heads up, though, is that soldering is required.  There are similar robots that do not require soldering if you'd rather avoid that, like the cheaper Elenco Wake Me Robot. The Elenco escape robot kit can be yours for $33.99.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, time to get your tween a gift besides a hat. If you have gotten any, you’ve got work to do, the idea in here are many, so please scroll through! Forgive the rewritten lyrics, but requests keep coming in for tween gift ideas. These suggested presents all... Read more »
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How I watched Rudolph, Charlie Brown and Frosty shocked my kid

How I watched Rudolph, Charlie Brown and Frosty shocked my kid
This morning my tween and I talked about favorite Christmas shows. We agreed that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is the best, closely followed by Frosty the Snowman for her and Charlie Brown for me. Not shocking, but what did completely surprise my tween was hearing how we used to watch such shows in the... Read more »

Holiday Mail for Heroes is easy way to give back this season

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The holiday season is supposed to be about giving, but when kids start filling out their wish lists or writing letter to Santa, the gimmes can easily run rampant this time of year. Here’s a simple way to remind your child(ren) that there are others who have more to worry about than whether Santa will... Read more »

Cheap and fun tween gift ideas for under $15

Overlook the spelling of the game, because tweens love it.  Suggested by a Tween Us reader, it is a big hit with all genders and a pretty wide age span. Find it on at Target for $14.09 (Amazon has it for $18.)
Tweens are notoriously hard to buy gifts for, and the items on their wish lists can be pricey.  Gone are the days of the cheap Candy Land game and playing with the cardboard box.  Sniff, sniff. But that doesn’t mean it is time to turn into Scrooge. You can still bring smiles and laughter by... Read more »
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Louis Armstrong biography makes jazzy holiday gift for kids

Louis Armstrong biography makes jazzy holiday gift for kids
Play, Louis, Play!: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn by Muriel Harris Weinstein details Louis Armstrong’s childhood in a book that is great for younger tweens, approximately grades 3-5. The book details Louis  Armstrong’s childhood and the hardships he encountered growing up very poor in New Orleans, his love of his family... Read more »