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Midwest Christmas Shopping Vacations

Looking for a new holiday tradition? Take the opportunity to explore new shopping venues and unique boutiques with a shopping excursion. This can be done as a family, or as a ladies weekend getaway. Several shopping centers and hotels are encouraging this tradition with special lodging (shop and stay) packages. These packages might include complimentary meals, store coupons/discounts, shuttles to ...

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Santa Claus Kids’ Christmas Map Activity

Santa Claus will be traveling around the world this Christmas. Kids can celebrate the holiday by creating an imaginative Santa map. Take the activity a step further, and track jolly old St. Nick’s sleigh path by learning about other countries where he may travel. Art Materials for Santa Claus Map Kids’ Activity Parents can help their children to gather the ...

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Best Christmas Gifts for Girls: Dolls & Father Daughter Bonding

You, like all other divorced dads and stepdads, know that you want to have a closer relationship with your young daughter. Well, here is one of the best and quickest ways to become an important part of your child’s little world: Play dolls with her. Yes, don’t back away from this article and head for the door…hear me out. If ...

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A Miser Brothers’ Christmas DVD Review

Sometimes, a sequel can be a really bad idea. Disney learned this the hard way through their ‘dreck-to-video’ animated sequels of the 1990’s. However, Warner Home Video appears determined to learn this hard lesson all on their own. Their new holiday special A Miser Brothers’ Christmas puts the feuding brothers, who first appeared in the 1974 special A Year Without ...

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Cheap Children’s Gifts For Xmas

Choosing children’s gifts is more to do with keeping the child occupied than how much it costs. It is possible to choose a couple of special gifts for Xmas, but finding presents that are cheap for kids can prove just as exciting to a child. Christmas presents are wrapped up and present an aura of mystery. Picking the right children’s ...

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Grandparents Help Kids Give Thanks Before Talking About Christmas

Seniors are quite aware that today’s children are growing up with far more choices than were available in earlier generations. Having many options can be both good and bad. It is wonderful to be able to select just the right fit for a particular need; it is terrible to find oneself overwhelmed with information overload to the point of either ...

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DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

At a time when unemployment is in the double digits, instead of spending a wad of cash on expensive gifts that don’t always mean quality, put those handy skills to work in the kitchen, on the computer or in the craft room. These homemade presents will add a personalized touch that loved ones will appreciate and enjoy. First, some edible ...

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Christmas in Tavistock

Tavistock, an ancient market and stannary town in the south of England, is the perfect place for a Christmas vacation. Stannary is the term applied to tin mines specifically in the southern English counties of Devon and Cornwall. Although mining operations have virtually ceased, a rich history brings tourism to the area to fill out local coffers. The parish church, ...

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Free Christmas Holiday Craft and Gift Ideas for Kids and Children

December 25th, Christmas Day, is a very popular holiday across the world. A time for celebrating life with family and friends, Christmas brings many people closer together. It is also a time of gifts, decorations, baking and crafts. There are many free craft ideas that children can do. Free coloring pages, wreath-making and free collage arts are just some ideas ...

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Catalonia Christmas Celebrations

While Spain’s Christmas celebrations are colorful almost anywhere, travelers during the holiday season will find Catalonia, the provinces in the eastern region along the French border, filled with pageantry and lively local customs. Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter During the second week of December, decorations and lights appear on the streets. Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter begins to look as though Catalonian architect Antonio ...

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Lille Christmas Market

Many European rail travelers will know Lille as one of the main hubs for the Eurostar, with trains continuing on to London, Paris and Brussels. However, for 6 weeks prior to Christmas take time out to stop off at one of France’s best Christmas markets. It’s close proximity to London makes it an ideal day-trip. Take the Eurostar to Lille ...

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Gift Ideas for Kids: Children’s Birthday and Christmas Presents

Gift ideas for kids are often the difference between a happy and an unhappy birthday or Christmas. Although it isn’t necessary to spend a fortune, it is important to appreciate that buying cool kids’ presents is all about knowing what a son or daughter really wants. Work to a strict budget and never spoil a child as they’ll start to ...

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