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The holiday season tends to bring out goodwill in most of us. Here’s one way kids can spread some holiday cheer and bring the gift of joy to their peers affected by superstorm Sandy.
Family-to-Family’s “Empathy Campaign,” which encourages giving by kids for kids, is asking children to help by giving up “one of their expected holiday gifts so that another child can receive one.”
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In my ongoing quest to find tasty, kid-friendly food appropriate for the whole family, this week I chose a fun cupcake recipe perfect for holiday parties. I love them because they're easy to prepare, and you can make them ahead of time. I found the recipe in "Christmas Sweet Treats: Yummy Festive Cakes, Cookies & Sweets for You to Make," by Nancy Lambert (Barron's; $9.99).
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Courtney Biernick, an 11-year-old from East Northport loves the number 12. Her street address starts with 12, her basketball jersey number is 12 and she's also turning 12 on 12-12-12.
Although Wednesday is a normal "hump" day for most people, some 11-year-olds will be celebrating a very special birthday.
Turning 12 on 12-12-12 is quite a rarity and won't happen again for another...Read more »
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang are heading to Long Beach to spread some holiday cheer to families affected by superstorm Sandy.
The free event will be held Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Long Beach Ice Arena (150 West Bay Dr.).
The holiday celebration includes a movie screening of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and other popular "Peanuts"...Read more »
Before I had my daughter, I couldn't wait to get the perfect family picture for our Christmas cards. Now that I have Maggie, I have a family picture, but let's just say it's not so perfect.
Thinking I was ahead of other Long Island parents, I arranged a photo shoot at a chain store the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Mistake number one.
It was overcrowded. It was hot. The...Read more »
“Hobbit” fans, let the adventure begin.
With the long-awaited motion picture release of “The Hobbit” on Dec. 14 comes all things hobbit on store shelves near you, including several books based on the J. R. R. Tolkien novel that are worth their weight in treasure.
Five came across my desk: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Storybook” ($9.95), “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey...Read more »
First comes love, then comes marriage -- and “Bachelorette” couple Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum must know what comes next, according to the famed rhyme.
The couple -- whose wedding is scheduled to air as a two-hour special on ABC at 9 p.m. on Dec. 16 --says they aren’t yet planning for pregnancy and childbirth.
Too bad, as those events would surely bring them more frequently to Long...Read more »
Every family has their own holiday traditions that make their celebrations unique.
Growing up, my family had Christmas morning rituals that included taking pictures by the tree in our pajamas and opening up stocking stuffers first, followed by presents.
I remember writing Santa letters and, of course, meeting him at the mall. Now, kids can receive an up-close-and-personal...Read more »
Every Dec. 8th, my 10-year-old son and I share a special moment unique to adoptive families.
“Gotcha Day” is a term used in adoption circles to celebrate the anniversary of when child and family were united as a forever family.
As a regular on a Yahoo group for adoption of Russian children, I noticed that parents celebrate in all sorts of ways. Some families have a full-blown party,...Read more »
Actor, writer and director Ed Burns — who was born in Woodside, Queens, and raised in Valley Stream — recalled his favorite childhood memory at a recent Mamarazzi event hosted by The Moms, Melissa Gerstein and Denise Albert in Manhattan on the heels of “The Fitzgerald Family Christmas” premiere.
“Growing up on Long Island, my favorite memory would have to be riding our bikes to Long Beach...Read more »