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Category Archive for: ‘Holidays’

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Embracing the Time When Santa is Still Real

You’ll always find exceptions to the rule, but child psychologists generally agree it is healthy for young children to believe in Santa Claus. Like the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny, fantasy characters help build an active imagination. Cornell University once did a study with 500 elementary school children in New York and Iowa and discovered that on average, kids stop …

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It’s Dress Up Time Again: 6 Really Clever Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas

For preschoolers and even preteens, costumes are a year-round thing. Everyday can be Dress Up Day. But Halloween still retains its magic allure for the One Day of the Year You Can Be Anyone or Anything. As any parent of girls knows, commercially available costume choices are becoming more provocative and inappropriate every year, as this New York Daily News …

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Not-So-Extreme Decorating: 5 Halloween Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

(Note: “Extreme Decorating” is an ongoing series in which WallCandy Dad goes beyond removable wall stickers or reusable wall decals and explores unusual decorating ideas tried in homes, restaurants, hotels, businesses, tourist destinations and public spaces. We all get decoration inspiration from different places, as it is a reflection of our tastes and personalities. In this fun twist to our …

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Extreme Decorating: Gorgeous Snowscape Designs — One Step at a Time

(Note: “Extreme Decorating” is an ongoing series in which WallCandy Dad goes beyond removable wall stickers and explores unusual and over-the-top decorating ideas tried in homes, restaurants, hotels, businesses, tourist destinations and public spaces. We all get decoration inspiration from different places, as it is a reflection of our tastes and personalities). Some admirers of British snow artist Simon Beck …

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Extreme Decorating: New World Records for Yummy Gingerbread Houses

(Note: “Extreme Decorating” is an ongoing series in which WallCandy Dad goes beyond removable wall stickers and explores unusual and over-the-top decorating ideas tried in homes, restaurants, hotels, businesses, tourist destinations and public spaces. We all get decoration inspiration from different places, as it is a reflection of our tastes and personalities). Apparently, 2013 has become the Year of the …

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Making Memories: “Elf on the Shelf” Mania is Even More Fun for Photo-Crazy Dad

By now, you surely must know some parents deeply immersed in “The Elf on the Shelf,” a best-selling children’s book and toy that has become a month-long endurance test of holiday spirit and creativity. The Elf, who gets named by the children in the household, is supposedly a “scout” or spy for Santa, reporting on the behavior of the kids …

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Extreme Decorating: New World Record for Most Christmas Lights on a House!

(Note: “Extreme Decorating” is an ongoing series in which WallCandy Dad goes beyond removable wall stickers and explores unusual and over-the-top decorating ideas tried in homes, restaurants, hotels, businesses, tourist destinations and public spaces. We all get decoration inspiration from different places, as it is a reflection of our tastes and personalities). Every neighborhood has a family who quadruples their …

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Extreme Decorating: How to Carve Fruit Animals Without Slicing Your Fingers Off

(Note: “Extreme Decorating” is an ongoing series in which WallCandy Dad goes beyond removable wall stickers and explores unusual and over-the-top decorating ideas tried in homes, restaurants, hotels, businesses, tourist destinations and public spaces. We all get decoration inspiration from different places, as it is a reflection of our tastes and personalities). I’m a sucker for fruit and vegetable sculptures. …

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6 Thoughtful Holiday Teacher Gifts That Won’t Wind Up at Their Next Yard Sale

Attempting to write a one-size-fits-all Gift Guide for Moms, Dads, Teachers, etc., is really a doomed exercise because the best possible presents you can give are tailored to an individual’s personality. Last year, the room parents in my son’s fifth grade class asked everyone to chip in $5-$10 each to buy the teacher a gift card to our local camera …

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