Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

Make Your Child’s Merry Christmas a Safe Christmas

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Make Your Child's Merry Christmas a Safe Christmas

Make Your Child's Merry Christmas a Safe Christmas

by BoomerYearbook.com

Part of the joy and excitement of Christmas is shopping for all those neat toys that are on the Christmas list. Parents, family and friends get almost as much fun out of watching the faces of children as the children do opening their presents.

However a word of caution; never take for granted that just because a toy is being sold on the market that the toy is safe. One of the biggest hazards with many of the toys on the market today is that they made have been manufactured with harmful chemicals. The US government has most certainly addressed this issue and passed legislation to prevent hazardous materials being used in toys. But, the problem arises in the fact that the law doesn’t come into effect until February 2009; once the Christmas toy buying season has passed.

If this is not a topic that you are aware of then consider that in excess of 80,000 children under the age of 5 ended up in emergency rooms in 2007 alone. Even more devastating than this was the fact that 18 of them died. This doesn’t mean that you should ban the purchases or receiving of toys. It does mean though that you may have to be more diligent in the type of toys your child is playing with.

In most cases, parents are most astute about what toys they should buy for their little ones, as they are aware of potential benefits or dangers. Friends and family may not have that precious knowledge and mistakenly buy something for the child that is hazardous. You can safeguard against this by paying close attention to the gifts your little one is opening on Christmas morning and inspect them well for both obvious and not so obvious hazards.

The obvious of course would be small pieces that could be potential choking hazards. The not so obvious would be those that contain hazardous chemicals in the toy making process such as lead or phthalates. Now of course the average parent is not going to be able to detect these. But, you should educate yourself and stay aware by researching online and reading news articles about particular age appropriate toys. At least you will be able to safeguard against known hazards. In addition, you can check available publications that specifically list safe toys. These toys are noted to be PVC free; one of the known and particularly toxic chemicals that may be found in some toys. Another excellent resource is the recently released guide for the Center for Health, Environment and Justice.

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Christmas Traditions around the World – With a Twist

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Christmas Traditions around the World – With a Twist

Christmas Traditions around the World – With a Twist

by BoomerYearbook.com

Christmas season is something that is enjoyed in almost all parts of the world and each country has their own set of traditions; some are very similar while others are unique. Then there are some that are downright strange.

Aside from the country and culture specific traditions, there is also the set of family or personal traditions. A really different Christmas tradition is a very Old Norwegian one. It was an old belief that on the eve of Christmas witches and bad spirits would come about the towns looking for brooms on which to ride. So all the villagers would hide their brooms where they believed they couldn’t be found. Today’s modern age also sees vestiges of this custom. The men of the house gallantly go outdoors to fire off a shotgun; threatening and scaring off the witches.

In the Czech Republic, young ladies who dream of marriage have a very unusual Christmas tradition. On Christmas Eve, these hoping to be brides, will stand with their back to the house. Next they will throw one of their shoes over their shoulder towards the door. Now if the shoe lands with the heels towards the door, then unfortunately she will remain unmarried for another year. On the other hand if the toe of the shoe points towards the door, she is believed to marry before the next Christmas. She will begin making her wedding preparations and move out of her parent’s house!

If you feel that the shoe tossing tradition is interesting, you will find the food tossing tradition quite intriguing. Now if you like a clean home especially at this festive time of year then you wouldn’t want to adopt this tradition. All members of the family sit down for the Christmas Eve dinner. The head of the family takes a good sized spoonful of a special traditional Christmas dish made from bread poppy seed filling and water. This is called Loksa. Then, he will throw this hefty spoonful of Loksa up to the ceiling while everyone watches to see how much of this gooey mixture has stuck to the ceiling. Now this is very important because the more that is stuck on the ceiling the better the crops will be. This is a tradition that is followed throughout Slovakia and the Ukraine. It provides great family amusement except possibly for the women who have to clean up the mess.

In many countries the people attend mass either Christmas eve or Christmas day. This is also true in Caracas Venezuela with one exception; everybody roller skates to the mass. It is such a big traditional event that all the roads within the city are closed to car traffic. It’s a great alternative to ice skating because the climate is just too warm for snow or ice.

What holiday traditions do you and your family enjoy? Why not share them at Boomer Yearbook, and who knows, maybe find a new and exciting tradition to try with their family and friends. Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season to all.


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Christmas Gifts Under $25: The Baby Boomers Primer

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Christmas Gifts Under $25: The Baby Boomers Primer

Christmas Gifts Under $25: The Baby Boomers Primer

by BoomerYearbook.com

It’s getting down to the wire now and with the current economic crisis your wallet may be hurting. You may be thinking you have to cut some people out of your Christmas list this year. Not so—here are some great gift ideas for twenty-five dollars or less. These gifts are sure to please the recipient and your wallet.

Let’s start with the kids in your life. Barbie is always popular for girls and most of them are indeed under twenty-five dollars. (They originally sold for $3.00 in 1959, http://boomeryearbook.com/blog/2008/11/08/playtime-in-yesteryear/) The Littlest Pet Shop toys are also great gifts for girls that range in price, but usually under the twenty-five dollar mark. For the little boys, Fisher Price makes something called a big bucket of dinosaurs for only $16.99 at the Toys R Us website (http://www.toysrus.com). And, of course, there are the ever popular hot wheels cars that please young boys of many ages.

Next, there’s the preschool age. What an excellent age for learning. Again, ‘Toys R Us’ carries a wide range of fabulous products that go easy on your budget. They have a series called “Just Like Home” that has all sorts of food items and kitchen materials so that kids can learn how to prepare food and clean just like mommy or daddy. And as we at www.boomeryearbook.com mentioned in our last shopping article, Elmo is still as popular as ever. Kids just can’t seem to get enough of the fun loveable, Sesame Street character. Remember, “Elmo loves you.”

Have any gamers in your family? Traditional board games are often relatively inexpensive and excellent for bringing families together for game night. Some examples include most card games, both classic and nontraditional; ‘Monopoly’, ‘You Must Be An Idiot’, and ‘Deal Or No Deal’ Tabletop Game. For those video game users there are many Nintendo Wii games and accessories to choose from that will not crush your budget. These include the Wii wheel, Wii perfect shot, and Wii dual sabers, etc. These accessories are sure to be appreciated by the Wii users in your life.

Lastly, here are a few random ideas that are sure to please this season. http://www.gifts.com allows you to shop by personality type to look for that perfect gift. For the candle lovers a candle from Yankee Candle Co. is the perfect candle. They have long lasting scents and most of the selection is under the twenty-five dollar budget. Oh, yes, and not to forget the music lovers. Some popular artists this year include Taylor Swift, Adele, Rascal Flatts, and Beyonce.

Hopefully these gift ideas have been helpful to you. Remember, they are all under twenty-five dollars and easy on your budget. It is still possible to splurge on a few special people without breaking the bank or even possible to buy for multiple people without feeling a huge weight on your wallet! Don’t believe me? Why don’t you see for yourself by checking out some of the above suggestions? You never know—it might even lead to even more great ideas!

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Mallwalkers? Do You Walk the Mall Before the Stores Open?

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Mallwalkers? Do You Walk the Mall Before the Stores Open?

Mallwalkers? Do You Walk the Mall Before the Stores Open?

by BoomerYearbook.com

We all know that walking is the best exercise. How many of us actually do it on a regular basis? Well that’s another story. There’s every good reason to do it, but in many cases, we find excuses; its either too hot or too cold outside and so we say forget it. There is always walking on a treadmill at the gym, but that is costly. So what’s the answer to this dilemma? Mall walking! Especially at Christmas time.

I cant tell you how many times I have gone to the local shopping mall and there are groups of people everywhere just walking around the mall, and the stores are not open yet. Most times it’s a group of senior citizen ladies, and once in awhile you may see a group of senior men.

Mallwalkers? Do You Walk the Mall Before the Stores Open?

Mallwalkers? Do You Walk the Mall Before the Stores Open?

Today as I was walking through the mall, the stores were already open, but there were still people going for their daily walk inside the mall. They had no shopping bags or even purses with them so you could tell they were going for a walk. However, I did see one of the most interesting groups today, that I have ever seen.

There was a group of 6 women, all walking with their child/children in a stroller. They would do things along the walk such as, speed walk, or hop while pushing the stroller, turn around put their hands behind them and pull the strollers while walking…and on occasion they would stop in an open area and actually exercise! They were doing pushups and stretches. I thought this was amazing. I only wish they had something like this when my son was small. What a creative idea.

So are you a mall walker? Do people do this in your local malls, or is this something that maybe isn’t popular in other cities? Come share your thoughts and stories over at www.boomeryearbook.com

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Does your family practice a specific gift giving tradition?

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Does your family practice a specific gift giving tradition?

Does your family practice a specific gift giving tradition?

by BoomerYearbook.com

Grab bag? Secret Santa? Dirty Santa? Any one of these are great ways to give gifts during the holidays, especially if you have a large family. For those of you who may have never heard of these traditions, let me explain each of them.

Grab bag: This is pretty simple. A name is put on a small piece of paper, and put into a hat or bowl. Each person in the family picks a name and that is the person they buy a gift for. With a grab bag, there is usually a price limit set so that it makes it more fair. The best time to do the name distributing is perhaps at Thanksgiving when the same members are most likely to be together that will be together for Christmas, plus it gives a month for them to buy the gift. It is ok to know who picked your name, then you can give that person some gift ideas you may like.

Secret Santa: Pretty much the same as a grab bag, except that who is buying your gift, is kept a secret. This is fun, because after getting the gift, you might be very surprised how well the person does or does not know you, based on the gift they bought.

Dirty Santa: This has to be my favorite of all time. Everyone brings a wrapped gift (again this usually has a maximum price limit set) . The gifts are placed on a table, and each person takes a number from a hat or bowl. The person that has number one picks a gift from the table, however when the person with number 2 picks a gift, they can take from the table, or “steal” the gift from #1. Then the first person has to take another from the pile of gifts. You continue to do this to the last person and the last gift is taken. Its fun, to see what gift you would have had, if someone wasn’t “dirty” and taken the gift from you.

What traditions do you have when it’s time to give gifts? What is your favorite? Why not share them over at Boomer Yearbook, and hey who knows, maybe someone will find a new and exciting tradition to try with their family and friends.

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Boomeryearbook’s Survival Guide for Christmas with Kids

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Boomeryearbook's Survival Guide for Christmas with Kids

Boomeryearbook's Survival Guide for Christmas with Kids

by Katie for BoomerYearbook.com

Aside from the period of time when the kids are opening their presents, and the 24-hour period when they are playing with them before they get bored, the rest of Christmas can be a challenge for parents and for grandparents in terms of keeping the younger generation occupied - what can you do to entertain them over the Christmas period?

If energy is an element of vitality your kids always have an oversupply of until asked to do something, then it looks like you’re in for a tough time while they’re at home for the holidays! We’ve put together some ideas for you to try and keep the whole family entertained.

Party Games:

Switch off the TV and use your imagination for amusement. Physically getting off the sofa and engaging in an activity together with your family will be much more stimulating than nodding off and waking up covered in post-beer dribble and surrounded by lethargic kids.

Here are some fun games to try, whatever age you are:

Whose shadow is this?

Hang a white sheet in a doorway. One of the players sits down on the chair facing the sheet. At the opposite side of the room there is a lamp on a tale. All the players walk between the lamp and the sheet in turn. The guesser must try to identify the others by their shadows as they walk past. The players try to change their shadows. The player who is recognized becomes the guesser.

Zombie:

Two pairs participate in this game. Each pair stands hand in hand with their adjoining hands tied together. With their free hands (one with the right hand and other with the left one) they must wrap up the package, bind the rope around it and tie it in a bow. The pair which finishes the task the first is the winner.

Water carriers:

Two players compete in this game. For each player there is a chair with a bowl of water and a spoon on it. A few steps away there are two more chairs with an empty glass on each of them. The object of the player is to fill the empty glass with water as soon as possible. The player who is the first to do it is the winner.

Pin head (not suitable for young children)

Each player is given a paper cap with the needle at its top. The object is to burst as many balloons as possible with the half of the needle on the cap.

Pass the Lemon:

Two teams line up opposite each other and the team member at the front of the line has to pass a lemon to the second in lie. The catch is that no hands are allowed and the lemon must be passed from under the chin. The person who receives the lemons has to grab it under their chin too. The lemon proceeds down the line of players until the end, and the last in line runs to the front (with the lemon still under their chin) and the process starts again. The winning team is the first to pass the lemon (without touching it with their hands) through all players, with each player having a turn at the front of the line. This game is guaranteed to give some real laughs!

You should find that once the family gets involved, everyone has more energy than they thought they had. And at least it’s a good way to work off the Christmas dinner!!

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Christmas Traditions

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

All About Christmas: From Santa Claus to Mistletoe

All About Christmas: From Santa Claus to Mistletoe

by Rita for BoomerYearbook

Santa Claus

The origin of Santa Claus begins in the 4th century with Saint Nicolas, Bishop of Myra, an area in Turkey. By all accounts St. Nicholas was a generous man, particularly devoted to children. After his death around 340 AD he was buried in Myra, but in 1087 Italian sailors purportedly stole his remains and removed them to Bari, Italy, greatly increasing St. Nicholas’ popularity throughout Europe. His kindness and reputation for generosity gave rise to claims that he could perform miracles and devotion to him increased. St. Nicholas became the patron saint of Russia, where he was known by his red cape, flowing white beard, and bishop’s mitre. After the Reformation, European followers of St. Nicholas dwindled, but the legend was kept alive in Holland where the Dutch spelling of his name Sint Nikolaas was eventually transformed to Sinterklaas. Dutch colonists brought this tradition with them to America in the 17th century and here the Anglican name of Santa Claus emerged.

Other countries feature different gift bearers for the Christmas or Advent season: La Befana in Italy, The Three Kings in Spain, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, Christkind or the Christ Child in Switzerland and Austria; Father Christmas in England; and Pere Noël, Father Christmas, or the Christ Child in France.

In 16th-century Germany fir trees were decorated, both indoors and out, with apples, roses, gilded candies, and colored paper. In the Middle Ages, a popular religious play depicted the story of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Christmas Trees

It is thought that protestant reformer Martin Luther first adorned trees with light. While coming home one December evening, the beauty of the stars shining through the branches of a fir inspired him to recreate the effect by placing candles on the branches of a small fir tree inside his home.

The Christmas Tree was brought to England by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert from his native Germany. The famous Illustrated News etching in 1848, featuring the Royal Family of Victoria, Albert and their children gathered around a Christmas Tree in Windsor Castle, popularized the tree throughout Victorian England.

Christmas Stockings

According to legend, a kindly nobleman grew despondent over the death of his beloved wife and foolishly squandered his fortune. This left his three young daughters without dowries and thus facing a life of spinsterhood.

The generous St. Nicholas, hearing of the girls’ plight, set forth to help. Wishing to remain anonymous, he rode his white horse by the nobleman’s house and threw three small pouches of gold coins down the chimney where they were fortuitously captured by the stockings the young women had hung by the fireplace to dry.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe was used by Druid priests 200 years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. They revered the plant since it had not roots yet remained green during the cold months of winter.

The ancient Celtics believed mistletoe to have magical healing powers and used it as an antidote for poison, infertility, and to ward off evil spirits. The plant was also seen as a symbol of peace, and it is said that among Romans, enemies who met under mistletoe would lay down their weapons and embrace, hence the origin of the kiss under the mistletoe.

Holly and Ivy

In Northern Europe Christmas occurred during the middle of harsh winter weather, when it was thought that ghosts and demons could be heard howling in the winter winds. Boughs of holly, believed to have magical powers since they remained green through the harsh winter, were often placed over the doors of homes to drive evil away. Greenery was also brought indoors to freshen the air and brighten the mood during the long, dreary winter.

Legend also has it that holly sprang from the footsteps of Christ as he walked the earth. The pointed leaves were said to represent the crown of thorns Christ wore while on the cross and the red berries symbolized the blood he shed.

Poinsettias

A native Mexican plant, poinsettias were named after Joel R. Poinsett, U.S. ambassador to Mexico who brought the plant to America in 1828. Poinsettias were likely used by Mexican Franciscans in their 17th century Christmas celebrations. One legend has it that a young Mexican boy, on his way to visit the village Nativity scene, realized he had no gift for the Christ Child. He gathered pretty green branches from along the road and brought them to the church. Though the other children mocked him, when the leaves were laid at the manger, a beautiful star-shaped flower appeared on each branch. The bright red petals, often mistaken for flowers, are actually the upper leaves of the plant.

Christmas Cards

A form of Christmas card began in England first when young boys practiced their writing skills by creating Christmas greetings for their parents, but it is Sir Henry Cole who is credited with creating the first real Christmas card. The first director of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Sir Henry found himself too busy in the Christmas Season of 1843 to compose individual Christmas greetings for his friends.

He commissioned artist John Calcott Horsley for the illustration. The card featured three panels, with the center panel depicting a family enjoying Christmas festivities and the card was inscribed with the message: “A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You”.

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

The Chicago-based Montgomery Ward department store, had been purchasing and distributing children’s coloring books as Christmas gifts for their customers for several years. In 1939, the owners asked one of their own employees to create a book for them, thus saving money. A copywriter, 34-year old Robert L May wrote the story of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and 2.4 million copies were handed out that year. When May’s brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, wrote the lyrics and melody for the song “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” in 1947, the Rudolph phenomenon was born. The song sold two million copies that year, going on to become one of the best selling songs of all time, second only to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”.

Christmas Carols

Carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but there were not Christmas carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the winter solstice celebrations as the people danced round stone circles. The word carol actually means dance or a song of praise and joy.

Early Christians took over the pagan solstice celebrations for Christmas and gave people Christian songs to sing instead of pagan ones. Soon after this many composers all over Europe started to write carols. However, not many people liked them as they were all written and sung in Latin. This was changed by St. Francis of Assisi when, in 1223, he started his nativity plays in Italy. the people in the plays sang songs or “canticles” that told the story during the plays. The new carols spread to France, Spain, Germany and other European countries. Most of the best known carols such as Once in Royal David’s City and Away in a Manger are relatively recent having been written in America during the 19th century.

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I am dreaming of a Green Christmas…

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I am dreaming of a Green Christmas...

I am dreaming of a Green Christmas...

by BoomerYearbook.com

I am dreaming of a Green Christmas…as it’s very rare to experience a white Christmas in Spain. However, green is in, and here are some tips to help make this an environmentally friendly festive season…

Christmas Tree

If you are aiming for an environmentally friendly Christmas, one of the first things you should do is decide NOT to have a Christmas tree. It sounds drastic, but plastic trees are not biodegradable and real trees, while they originate from sustainable sources, are often treated with chemical pesticides, which are harmful to the environment.

First of all, question the reason why you want a Christmas tree. Yes, it looks attractive and adds festive cheer, but it is also traditionally the place under which presents are kept. If you are feeling the pressure from your family to put up a tree, try reassuring them that they will still get their presents, but this year you are going to think of a more original place to store them. How about reverting the time-honored stocking? Or making a treasure hunt with clues, so that everyone has to find their gifts?

If you are determined to have a tree this year, then the best option really is a genuine one. Although, do try and purchase it as locally as possible, so that it has not had to travel in a CO2-belching truck for miles on end (this rule should be applied to every purchase you make, from food to Christmas presents). If you can get one with roots that are compatible with the soil in your back garden - even better - then you can re-plant it after Christmas (as long as you don’t leave it standing inside for longer than a week).

If you are a gardener, then after the festive season, you should consider using your Christmas tree to make compost; eventually it will decompose into a nutrient-rich mulch that you can use to feed other plants in your garden.

Tasty Decorations

The ultimate in recyclable decorations are edible ornaments. Nothing goes to waste because you get to eat them after (or during) Christmas. Bake dough biscuits, which are sticky in texture, as opposed to crumbly, and make a small hole about one cm from the edge and thread a thin, colored ribbon through the hole. you can then tie the ribbon so it forms a loop and hand the biscuit from the tree. If you are worried about the biscuit drying out, simply wrap it in cling film before you thread the ribbon through.

Lighting Up

These days we should all be turning off the standby button on our electrical appliances at home. Household lighting accounts for approximately 15 percent of electricity used, and Christmas tree lights left on for 10 hours a day over the 12 days of Christmas produce enough carbon dioxide to blow up 12 balloons. You can save money on electricity by cutting down on consumption at Christmas. This does not mean giving up the fairy lights, but instead, choose LEDs (light-emitting diodes) as opposed to incandescent bulbs for adding that Christmas twinkle. They are pricier, but they use between 80 to 90 percent less energy than conventional bulbs. An added bonus is that LED’s stay cool to the touch and so are less of a fire hazard and also won’t burn your finger.

It’s a Wrap

Christmas is a time when paper is wasted in incredible amounts. According to an online article published in the Guardian.co.uk in December 2006, 8,000 tons of paper are wasted each year, which is equivalent to 50,000 trees. We agree that no one wants to receive their presents wrapped in old newspaper, but there are more creative means to disguise a gift without having to buy new wrapping.

Use paper shopping bags and decorate them with old video or cassette tape in place of ribbon, for a vintage look (you can curl the tape with scissors, as you would a ribbon). Forage in your junk drawer and use old bits of string, shoe laces or anything you can find that’s long enough to tie round a box.

Give two presents in one, use a shawl, tablecloth or another item of clothing to wrap up other gifts. The outer layer won’t be a surprise, but what’s inside will be, and you will get extra points for generosity (two gifts in one) and creativity! Another alternative is to buy recycled paper, which is available at the click of a button online - and you can also get the trimmings.

Here is another way to look at Christmas gifts: do your gifts have to be solid items that need wrapping? You can treat friends and family to virtual gifts vouchers or buy them downloads for music websites. A novel idea is to buy gifts fro those who are really in need. Visit www.oxfam.org.uk and see their “Oxfam Unwrapped” page where you can buy really useful presents, in all shapes and sizes, for people in need all over the world. Items include bars of soap, bags of seeds, donkeys and training courses for farmers and fishermen. This is an ingenious way to really make a difference.

Sending Christmas cards obviously uses a lot of paper. In Britain, estimates say that 1.7 billion Christmas cards are sent each year; the equivalent of 200 000 trees! And of these, about one million Christmas cards are thrown away each year. Needless to say, it is far better to recycle your cards, or choose to send an e-card or text message instead. this is also cheaper.

Tasty Turkey

A huge amount of turkeys end up on the dining room table at Christmas: figures show that 10 million are consumed in the UK. We recommend that you try and buy an organic turkey, which will have been raised in humane conditions and consequently, will be much tastier. Shopping locally will cost less than buying from the supermarket, although, in Spain this might be more difficult given that turkey is not a traditional Spanish festive food. Approach your local butcher early to improve your chances of getting a tasty turkey. We hope these tips are useful and that you enjoy a GREEN FESTIVE CHRISTMAS :-)

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This Year’s Top Selling Toys

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

This Year’s Top Selling Toys

This Year’s Top Selling Toys

by BoomerYearbook.com

Okay, baby boomers, for those of you that have kids or grand kids, and want to know what’s in and what’s not, here is a quick tip on two top selling stuffed animals of the season.

Care Bears are this year’s sensation since the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the very popular Care Bear and Strawberry Shortcake TV cartoons from the 1980s will be returning to CBS. The Care Bears were originally created by American Greetings in 1981, and turned into stuffed Teddy bears in 1983 by Kenner toys. Care Bears are just one more 80s comeback that all our echo boomers will remember so well , and will make a great Christmas gift.

Also, popular as ever is Elmo. TV audiences got their first glimpse of this delicious little 3 1/2 year old red monster puppet in 1998, when PBS’s Sesame Street first introduced this adorable little creature. There are many variations of this children’s favorite from the classic “Tickle Me Elmo”, to the plain plush Elmos, and all are very popular on children’s wish lists.

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Do You Bake Lots of Goodies for the Holidays?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Do You Bake Lots of Goodies for the Holidays?

Do You Bake Lots of Goodies for the Holidays?

by BoomerYearbook.com

Personally, I am not one who bakes at anytime of the year. However, I have many very talented friends that bake all the time, especially at the holidays. Therefore, I get to enjoy this great holiday tradition, either through helping them bake, or through eating the goodies…my favorite part.

Baking is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy, from Grandpa to the youngest Grandchild.

Picture this:

Grandpa carries in all the bags from the car, which hold all the ingredients you will need.

Grandma gets all the measuring situated that will be needed for each treat.

Mom gathers the bowls, spoons, and other “accessories”.

The children help to mix each item together to begin the magic.

Dad carefully places the scoops of treats onto the cookie sheet.

Grandma then places them into the oven.

The children anxiously watch the miracle of these various ingredients turning into yummy morsels of goodness.

Grandpa removes them from the oven when they are done.

Mom carefully removes them once they are cooled and places a few on each persons plate.

Dad pours everyone a glass of milk.

Finally, the real fun begins and the entire family sits down to watch holiday movies on the television as they enjoy the yummy treats that they all helped to make.

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