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.


Are you wondering what to give friends and family to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa? This guide to multicultural holiday celebrations will help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Many Mother's Day customs spread to Mexico from the United States in the early 20th century. But did you know that the holiday got its official start because of an editorial in a newspaper?

On the third Sunday of every June in the United States, sons and daughters across the country honor their fathers with cards and gifts. But have you ever stopped to wonder how this celebration got started?

Winter is so over. Lose the brocade curtains, bayberry scented candles and snuggle-up blankets. This Easter, embrace your gingham and chintzy side by inviting spring indoors.

Everyone loves a holiday! From New Years to Thanksgiving each holiday has its own unique meaning and tradition. Check out these amazing holiday pictures.

Every year, usually in mid- to late-December on the Western calendar, Kislev 25 on the Hebrew calendar, Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah.

Christmas is celebrated by hundreds of millions of people around the world. Get in the spirit with these pictures of holiday baked goods, singing songs by the warm fire, giving and receiving of presents and more.

You can stick to a budget without skimping on Christmas decorations. Here are five ways to trim your costs while keeping the holiday trim intact.

Avoid the holiday shopping rush with these tips for starting your shopping early -- preferably before Black Friday.

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with these sure-fire holiday gift ideas.

It can be tempting to partake in the food orgy of the winter holidays, but try these six tips to help you have a healthy holiday season.

These tips might help ease the tension, save money and help you stay sane this holiday season.

Time is a precious commodity around the holidays, but while you're making your lists and checking them twice, don't forget that you're doing more than shopping, decorating, wrapping and cooking. You're also helping make memories for your family.

Much like a Christmas tree, a jolly Santa Claus and a sprig of mistletoe, the tradition of hanging up stockings signals to people across the country and around the world that the Christmas season has arrived. So, what's popular to stuff in them?

Time for family visits, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and that other holiday tradition -- receiving a glut of boring, boastful newsletters from distant friends, co-workers and long-lost family. So, make yours stand out from the pack.

On the first Thanksgiving, the pilgrims wore buckles, the Native Americans brought corn and everyone made merry until the sun went down. Right? That's not the most accurate portrayal of the historical event.

Why do children don ridiculous costumes and bang down doors demanding candy once a year? Let's take a look at the ancient Celtic clans of Britain.

What do a man named Stingy Jack, the devil and a cross have to do with carving Halloween pumpkins? Everything, it turns out. This long-standing tradition is steeped in folklore and superstition.

April 1 gives the sneakiest ones among us an excuse for some shenanigans. Out of ideas for this year's springtime skulduggery? HowStuffWorks has 10 gags to completely confuse someone's day.

Halloween is known for its chocolate and sweets, but you can make it a little more health-conscious by swapping sugar-laden candy treats with our five candy alternatives.

Whether you're carving, stenciling or painting your pumpkin, we've collected five easy ways to create out-of-this-world pumpkin designs.

Halloween is for tricks and treats... and partying! We have 10 cool party ideas for kids, teens and parents alike.

Everyone plays 'dress up' at Halloween, which makes for some great photos. Try out these 5 suggestions for great costume photo opportunities.

These five ideas offer a sampling of the gore, humor and downright creativity that it takes to make a teen-perfect Halloween costume.

Crank up the Halloween scare factor or just spotlight someone's sillier side with these examples of creepy costume effects.