Posts Tagged ‘ Chanukah ’

Spread a Little Virtual Cheer

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Far away from your family or friends this holiday season? Send a video holiday greeting instead of the usual card. TokBox, which offers free video calling and mail, is a super-easy and fast way to share your holiday wishes. (Not to mention you know that Grandma would be delighted to see a video of your little ones.) To sweeten the deal, for every holiday greeting sent between now and December 25, TokBox will donate 5 cents to the Child Foundation. Nice! If Grammy and Gramps aren't down with the Internet, your kids can "send" a letter to the newly-tech savvy Santa.

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Good Deed Friday: The Gift of Giving (Already!)

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I refuse to let economy woes take all the joy out of shopping… I mean giving. Yes, it’s only Halloween and I’m already planning the perfect (inexpensive) holiday gifts, doing budget projections, and buying online to avoid impulse purchases. Not so festive. But then there’s free shopping software from It automatically identifies over 850 retailers that will donate a percentage of your sale to a charity of your choice.

You download the software, choose your favorite charity (over 200 are participating including the American Heart Association, Oxfam America, Dance4Life , SOS Children’s Villages, and on and on), and when you shop, a little box pops up saying the donation was made. It feels great, even better than buying designer lip gloss on a whim.

Here’s how it works: The percentage of sales that is donated is pre-established between and the retailer, and averages 7% of the sale. This makes you and your charity happy. A commission on the donation covers the operating costs for, which makes them happy. And the retailer is happy because you like them better for being so nice, and will probably shop there again.

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Holiday Spirit: How Does Your Family Give Back?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

359936226_d316fcd908(Bumping back up to the top to get more comments. Do share!)

Yes, I know it’s July August. Let’s just pretend it’s Christmas in July August and get in the holiday spirit for a sec. We’re looking for families who give back during the holidays–whether it’s making a gorgeous cookie plate for your local nursing home or making and decorating your own canned goods for a homeless shelter. If you’ve done a project with your kids to help out those in need during the holidays (even a small one!) please share in the comments. Your idea and story could be featured in Parents!

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How Do You Spell Channukkahh?

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

To commemorate the last day of Hanukkah/Chanukah/Janukah, here is a groovy song by The LeeVees that attempts to solve this age-old question.  (I totally dig Julio’s suggested spelling, and seeing the "C" and the "H" duke it out with boxing gloves.) Click around their site to listen to more catchy Hanukkah tunes.

Happy 8th day of Hanukah, Chanukkah, The Festival of Lights!


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Panicking About Holiday Pounds?

Monday, December 10th, 2007

2100072102_7f6e78df8fHoliday weight gain is definitely a legit concern, but there’s a bit of good news: A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that most of us don’t pack on as much weight as we think, phew! (The average study subject gained about one pound from early November to early- to mid-January.) The real problem is that we don’t lose those few pounds we do gain from super-size holiday feasts—and all that extra weight adds up as the years pass. Get the full scoop on how to eat, drink, and be merry in moderation here.

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

News_image_newThe teenage birthrate has ticked upward for the first time since 1991. CNN

And the childhood cancer rate has gone down by 20% since 1990. Yahoo!

The Christmas/Haunkkah battle in interfaith marriages. New York Times

When amusement parks aren’t amusing—but deadly. Washington Post

Scary fact: Most parents are only preparing to pay for ¼ of their children’s college tuitions.

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Can We Create Joy Without Tons of Toys?

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

79599443_9da49af029_mHow do you keep the happy in the holidays? When it comes to presents how much is too much? Every year I fight a battle with myself. A part of me is completely seduced by all the amazing stuff to buy and a part of me is repulsed. This year my family is doing secret Santa so everyone will get one present each. I’m going this route because really, truly, my kids have enough things—even they think they do. But still, I have to hold myself back from supplementing! That’s why I loved Mommy Poppin’s post on How Not to Spoil Your Kids This Holiday Season. She really had me at "Create Magic, Not Clutter." Actually, that really could be the guiding principle on how to raise kids. Period. (Can you tell I really, really, dug her post?) Anyway, go read it and then please comment on your philosophy!

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D.I.Y. Menorah

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

So we’ve already shown you the coolest menorahs out there, but perhaps you are itching to make your own? (T minus 7 days until the festival of lights begins.) Forty-Two Roads came up with 2060697958_0520f7e433_o_2
this super simple, totally clever design from an Ikea candle holder (instructions here).

Just one teensy, weensy suggestion to legitimize this elegantly modern piece of Judaica…a menorah is not officially kosher unless the shamash, the leader candle that lights the other eight, is higher than the rest.  So perhaps instead of the tack, one might use a long, thin nail.

Many thanks to Forty-Two Roads…now just one more blog to add to my daily reading!

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