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.

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Christmas is celebrated by hundreds of millions of people around the world each year. But what do presents, three wise men and Jesus have to do with each other anyway?

By Sarah Dowdey

Underappreciated and overworked elves put in a pretty astounding amount of labor during the holidays. Then there are the other duties they must fulfill, like tending to diva reindeer like Rudolph. So do elves thrive on stress, and do they ever get disgruntled?

By John Fuller

Imagine having to deliver toys (and coal) to children all over the world — in just one night. How does the big guy do it?

By John Fuller

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He's been called a diva, a hero and a misfit. He's Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. And his ruby-red honker has long been celebrated for guiding Santa and his sleigh through the night. But how does he do it?

By John Fuller

Today, many associate the holiday less with pilgrims and American Indians and more with football and turkey. What's the real story of Thanksgivig Day?

By Allison Klein

Wonderful Weirdos Day was created by citizens of Austin, Texas to celebrate personality quirks on September 9. Read more about Wonderful Weirdos Day.

By John Fuller

Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence every year on July 4 with picnics and fireworks. Learn the story behind Independence Day in the United States and how its traditions came about.

By Marshall Brain

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'Tis the season to enjoy your favorite Christmas carols. Watch a new generation of children explore the Christmas songs you remember like Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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Are you a Christmas fanatic? Test your Christmas trivia knowledge in the areas of songs, movies, traditions and more. Uncover amazing facts as you test your Christmas trivia knowledge.

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No need to spend big when you can make creative kids' Halloween costumes with just a few supplies. Some of these costumes can be made with materials that you may already have in your home. Use our no-sew steps for fun, unique kid costumes.

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Telling a scary story is a great way to share in the fun of being scared silly. Ignite your kids' imaginations with these Halloween stories. Discover dozens of old and new favorites in this article.

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Yo-yos can be traced back at least 2,500 years -- it's a toy with phenomenal staying power. On June 6, yo-yo fans everywhere can "walk the dog" to commemorate the birthday of Donald Duncan, credited with making yo-yos popular in the United States.

By Jonathan Strickland

Get creative with your next kids' Halloween party with our many party ideas. Your guests will love the results. Check out this article for spooky themes, goodie bag ideas, and awesome homemade invitations.

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Forget candy corn. Nothing says fall quite like freshly roasted pumpkin seeds. They're super simple to make and you can give them a sweet or salty kick.

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Kids will love making these Halloween masks. They're a great way for kids to express their creativity and have spooky Halloween fun at the same time. Find step-by-step instructions and ideas in this article.

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Whether it's for Halloween festivities or everyday fun, kids love scary stories. These stories are a great way to introduce kids to the fun of being scared. Browse this collection of read-aloud scary stories for children.

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Wizards, pirates, ghosts -- they all come alive in the Halloween party games in this article. Check out instructions and tips for dozens of fun, kid-friendly games that will your Halloween party a blast.

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Making your own Halloween decorations can be fun and simple. Halloween decorations can also be made without spending a small fortune on supplies. Get step-by-step directions for dozens of festive and scary Halloween items.

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October is the perfect time to brush up on those creepy tale-telling skills. Here are a few to get you started, including "Sweet Mary" and the story of the Flying Dutchman.

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No Pants Day is a little-known holiday that celebrates not taking oneself seriously. Learn how to celebrate No Pants Day and explore No Pants Day events.

By Jonathan Strickland

The Christmas songs you've been hearing your entire life came from medieval chants, church sermons, prayers and meditations. Get the lyrics, sheet music and histories of your favorite Christmas melodies.

By Gail Cohen & Gilbert DeBenedetti

Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim -- everyone knows these names. Charles Dickens created an unforgettable world in 'A Christmas Carol.' Reacquaint yourself with one of the greatest Christmas stories ever written.

Whether your taste runs spooky or silly, if you're willing to get your hands dirty, a pumpkin can be the perfect canvas to express your Halloween style.

By Tracy V. Wilson

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Halloween is just around the corner, so start planning now to throw a "killer" Halloween party. We'll take the stress out of planning by showing you Halloween themes that are so fun ... it's scary.

By Lynda Twardowski

Father's Day is an officially sanctioned event in the United States, falling on the third Sunday in June each year. Find some great gift ideas to make dad feel special this year.

By Marshall Brain