Holidays

Everyone loves a good holiday, no matter whether you're commemorating a special occasion or just looking for a day out of the office. Read about important holidays in these articles.


Let's take a break from pledging to lose weight and save more money and try some interesting and creative promises. Here are 10 suggestions.

Even though we don't keep most of our resolutions, we still make them every year. Turns out, this practice has been going on for thousands of years. What compels us to do this?

Only 23 percent of the people who make resolutions will see them through. Why does our resolve vanish, and what can we do about it?

Can't say "Xmas"? Sure, you can! Despite Christmas' popularity among Christians and non-Christians alike, little-known facts like this -- and even outright myths -- abound. Here are 10 enduring myths about the holiday, exposed at last.

For many children, the holidays summon visions of sugarplums and fanatical devotion to a magical old man with a sack of gifts. But there's a dark side to yuletide traditions. Welcome to the domain of Krampus!

On the fourth Thursday in November, Americans will gather with their families to eat turkey and sweet potatoes, just like that first Thanksgiving ... Actually, not like that first dinner. Join us as we debunk some of the many Thanksgiving myths.

Americans observe a variety of holidays, from Groundhog Day and Labor Day to Rosh Hashanah and Kwanzaa. Check out these pictures of U.S. celebrations great and small, as well as the people and events that inspired some of them.

Once largely the realm of artsy women at kitchen tables, crafting has burgeoned into a full-blown industry. Who, then, is the modern crafter?

Here is a BFF Girlfriends Guide to Valentine's Day. All 10 ideas include a DIY alternative, so you won't necessarily have a wallet the size of Paris Hilton's to have a great time with your girlfriends.

The folks at HowStuffWorks are here to help you get creative for your next Valentine's Day gift. So read on for their 10 Unexpected Valentine's Day gift ideas.

Every year, more than 20 percent of the world's population plunges into a period of feasts, festivities and fireworks in celebration of Chinese New Year. How did this culture-rich, superstition-filled holiday get its start?

Is decorating a Christmas tree part of your annual holiday traditions?

What you need for your Halloween party is some spooky music that'll establish the need for a dance floor -- like M.J.'s "Thriller."

Why should humans have all the fun on Halloween? Here are 10 costumes for your dog that are sure to have the hounds howling.

If anything can bring out the kid in an adult, it's Halloween. For fans of the holiday, the dressing-up experience is made even sweeter (and cuter) once a child enters the picture, thanks to coordinating mommy-and-me costumes.

How do parents show kids they love them on Valentine's Day without breaking the bank? Let HowStuffWorks and TLC give you tips and tricks to make this Valentine's Day a budget-friendly occasion with lots of heart.

Many kids put a lot stock in the Easter bunny myth, and look forward to the arrival of their cotton-tailed friend all spring. But is it harmful for them to believe past a certain age?

Mardi Gras fanatics will plan years in advance for the parades and parties held during the biggest week in New Orleans. See what all the fuss is about.

Does Valentine's Day stress you out or fill you with joy? People tend to get way too worked up about V-day. You may be taking Valentine's Day too seriously if a bouquet of roses and a box of chocolates isn't enough.

Valentine's Day is the most romantic day of the whole year ... unless your man totally drops the ball. What's so hard to remember about picking up a dozen red roses and a bottle of wine on the way home from the office? Here's what he doesn't want you to know.

The holidays are all about spending time with family: sharing meals, sharing moments and even sharing bedrooms in some dire cases. Who knew your holiday survival guide was in your favorite movie? Take some tips from Snoopy and Ralphie.

House guests are basically at your mercy. You call the shots when it comes to the menu, planned activities and even the ambient temperature. Their smiles say "I'm having fun," but their eyes are pleading for some quiet time.

We know it's close to Christmas when we hear the jingling sound -- of cash registers that is. Before you make your holiday purchases, check out our list of store secrets that can make your shopping experience easier.

After Thanksgiving dinner, some people like to watch a football game. Others like to get together and watch a favorite movie. Can't think of any Thanksgiving-themed movie off the top of your head? No worries. We've got 10 for you right here.

In the rush to come up with a creative and inexpensive Halloween costume idea in a hurry, don't make the mistake of confusing unique for tasteless or timely for tacky. It can be hard to draw the line between a costume that's clever and one that's inappropriate.