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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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5 Ideas for Outdoor Halloween Decor on a Budget

We have five, frighteningly easy - and cheap - ideas to make your yard spooktacular.

5 Ideas for DIY Theme Halloween Parties

Why wait for party invites from friends and family when, with a little pre-planning, and a small budget, you can throw your own ghoulish shindig?

10 Fun Halloween Facts for Families

To get to the bottom of why black cats got a bad rap and where revelers can catch glimpse of a ghost, treat yourself to these 10 frighteningly fun Halloween facts.

5 Ways to Make Some Halloween Noise

We have five tricks to making Halloween noise that has you covered whether you're a digital music downloader or a do-it-yourselfer.

5 Budget Halloween Party Favor Ideas

Here are a few suggestions for keeping the Halloween party favors economical while keeping your guests happy.

5 Things You Should Know: Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and Parents

Prevent your family from hidden dangers and injuries such as falls and burns with these helpful hints.

5 Kids' Halloween Party Invitation Ideas

These five Halloween party invitation ideas that will tempt you to put down the pre-packaged pumpkin cards and up your ghoulish game.

5 Cool Ideas for Pumpkin Art

You don't need to be a pumpkin-carving Picasso to think outside the typical jack-o'-lantern box, you just need a little spark to get you going.

5 Timeless Costume Ideas for Young Kids

These five timeless Halloween costumes are guaranteed to look adorable on little boys and girls -- and they won't require a lot of shopping around to complete.

Halloween Pictures

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Everyone gets to dress up and be someone else for the night. Explore our spooky Halloween album and discover some of the major elements of this ghostly holiday.

How Haunted Houses Work

Money for admission? Check. Willing companion to hold onto during your visit? Check. Second set of pants in case yours are scared off? Check. You're now ready to enter a haunted house.

Why do Christmas carolers walk around the neighborhood singing?

Christmas caroling is an age-old tradition. But how did it start? And why won't some carolers go until they get their figgy pudding? Learn about this peculiar but endearing holiday practice.

Why Is Everyone Dreaming of a White Christmas?

For some, an ideal Christmas is a fire in the hearth and a blanket of snow covering the ground. Irving Berlin wrote about it, and Bing Crosby crooned about it: a white Christmas. Learn why you might be dreaming of one.

Why do we decorate with holly at Christmas?

According to folklore, decorating with prickly edged holly leaves will result in a male-dominated home for the coming year. But if the holly is smooth-edged, a woman will reign supreme. Learn more about this plant, and find out why its crimson berries are so closely associated with the holidays.

Why is there a controversy surrounding the word 'Xmas'?

There's no doubt that commercialism runs rampant during Christmas. So is the word "Xmas" just another casualty of the modern advertising age? Or does the X in Xmas have its roots in Christianity after all?

What Are the 12 Days of Christmas?

Have you ever caught yourself singing the "Twelve Days of Christmas" and wondered what geese, doves and milk maids have to do with the holiday?

Why do we get presents in our stockings?

A pack of razors, chocolate-covered truffles and a harmonica -- these are just a few of the random items you might find in a Christmas stocking. Sure, these festive stockings are ideal for stuffing with pint-size presents, but why do we do it?

What does the poinsettia have to do with Christmas?

Also known as the "lobster flower," the poinsettia's flame-red leaves are a staple in holiday decorations, with more than $200 million in sales every holiday season. But how did a plant indigenous to tropical climates end up on mantles in North America?

What's a yule log?

The yule log has long been an important symbol of winter. It was an important part of the Winter Solstice for Vikings, and in more modern times, a staple of holiday gatherings. Learn more about the yule log.

Can Santa really climb down the chimney?

Maybe you understand how Santa can get around the world in one night, but you're still having a hard time wrapping your head around how he gets down the chimney. Fair enough. After all, Santa's big boned, and not all chimneys are accommodating.

How Santa Claus Works

File: Claus, Santa. Residence: the North Pole. Known aliases: Sinterklaas, St. Nick, Father Time and Sandy Claws. No matter what you call him, Santa Claus is one formidable being. Learn what makes the man in red tick.

How Christmas Works

You've budgeted, scouted shopping malls and wrapped the last present, taking care to top it with just the right festive bow. But what do presents, three wise men and Jesus have to do with each other anyway?

How Santa's Elves Work

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?

How Does Santa Make It Around the World in One Night?

Imagine having to deliver toys (and coal) to children all over the world -- in just one night. How does the big guy do it? Moxie? Magic? How about a little something under the hood called a stardust antimatter propulsion unit? That's just how Santa rolls.

Why is Rudolph's nose red?

He's been called a diva, a hero and a misfit. He's Rudolph the red-nose reindeer. And his ruby-red honker has long been celebrated for guiding Santa and his team of reindeer through the night. Learn what bioluminescence, evolution, and maybe even atavism, have to do with this doe-eyed deer.

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