Category: holidays

Creating Family Tradtions: Beth Curtin’s tips + resources

Creating Family Tradtions: Beth Curtin’s tips + resources

[ 0 ] December 22, 2011 |

recipe: Christmas Roll Cookies
2 cups flour
1/4 t. salt
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 t. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325. Combine flour and salt with a wire whisk. Cream butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed…

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Creating Family Traditions

Creating Family Traditions

[ 0 ] December 21, 2011 |

Last year, I hosted a conversation on TRADITIONS. So what makes a tradition and how do we as parents choose what to pass on and to preserve? What have we inherited, adapted, valued or created that is meaningful or relevant to our family?

Our religion or birthplace may dictate some of the traditions we celebrate and pass on. But as we make our journey into adulthood we are often influenced by our community and life experiences. Sharing households with other individuals and raising children provides an opportunity for reflection, contemplation and decision about how we blend, preserve, change or create traditions.

To continue this conversation, I am sharing excerpts from the 2010 Traditions book. Enjoy these daily updates during the holidays of favorite traditions from our panel and readers while I take some time off. I hope you find these ideas as inspiring as I do.

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Bright Night 2012 Promises to be Magical

Bright Night 2012 Promises to be Magical

[ 0 ] December 21, 2011 |

Tickets to Bright Night are available online and in person at all BankRI locations and at the EastSide Marketplace.

For more information about tickets call 401-288-1231, or visit http://www.brightnight.org. To purchase tickets via telephone call the Brown Paper Tickets 24/7 ticket hotline: 1-800-838-3006

Tickets are $15 each through December 30. On the day of the event tickets are $20 each ($15 for children and seniors)

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence Collecting Toys for the 2011 Holidays

Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence Collecting Toys for the 2011 Holidays

[ 0 ] December 10, 2011 |

With the December holidays right around the corner, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence have announced an effort to collect toys for underprivileged children. Many Rhode Island families, particularly those hit hard by the recession, are struggling to make ends meet and may be challenged to provide gifts for their children. In response, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence are asking the community to help make the holidays brighter for children in-need.

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Holiday Greetings!

Holiday Greetings!

[ 13 ] December 9, 2011 |

“Oh yeah. This is going to make our friends jealous,” our friend laughs, checking out his family’s Christmas card.

“It’s a competition,” his wife adds. “Who has the cutest kids? Who took the best vacation? It’s not a Christmas card. It’s a competition.”

We’re among friends. The wine is flowing. The holiday card competition conversation is all in good fun, and yet in the days that follow I find myself reflecting on the increasingly extravagant cards we display in our house each year.

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Easy Gingerbread Houses for Overworked Mothers

Easy Gingerbread Houses for Overworked Mothers

[ 0 ] December 8, 2011 |

Creating a gingerbread village has become an annual tradition in my family. Even though I love to make the houses for it with my kids, I am a better crafter than a baker. And since I have not mastered the art of creating an edible gingerbread house, I have hacked together gingerbread houses that look pretty good in the end and are fun for the kids to assemble.

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Parenting Simply: Pinecone Soup

Parenting Simply: Pinecone Soup

[ 2 ] December 7, 2011 |

Sometimes as parents, we are granted wonderful moments of true clarity. For me, one such moment came after an afternoon walk with my daughters. Our walk led to the discovery of an abundant supply of tiny pinecones at the end of our street, which immediately needed to be gathered, stowed in the back of a tricycle, and brought home to make pinecone soup. With nothing else on my calendar, no where else to be but right here, I carried pinecones and tiny dishes and sat down to share in the meal. It was delicious…

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Buy With Heart: Top 10 Gift Ideas for Kids and Families Support Social Enterprises

Buy With Heart: Top 10 Gift Ideas for Kids and Families Support Social Enterprises

[ 0 ] December 6, 2011 |

Buy With Heart is a grassroots campaign that aims to educate the community about the concept of “Social Enterprise,” introduce consumers to local businesses that utilize this model, and highlight a wide spectrum of Social Enterprise products and services. Unlike a traditional non-profit, a Social Enterprise produces competitive products and services to generate revenue (often in addition to typical fundraising such as grant-writing and capital campaigns). Just as products labeled “organic” or “eco-friendly” tell consumers how a product is sourced, the Buy With Heart symbol lets consumers know that the businesses behind their products are driven by a social purpose.

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Join us! Caroling on the East Side and West Side of Providence!!

Join us! Caroling on the East Side and West Side of Providence!!

[ 1 ] December 5, 2011 |

2 nights of Holiday cheer. Different location each night.
Spread warmth and merriment during one of the coldest times of the year. Join us as we joyfully carol through Providence’s West Side and East Side neighborhoods.
Kidoinfo is looking forward to partnering again this year, inviting families to carol through historic streets in Providence’s Armory District on Sunday, December 18th and leading a similar caroling event in the Summit Neighborhood on the East Side on Wednesday, December 21st!

Everyone is invited to this free event, regardless of religious or non-religious beliefs.

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2011 December To-Do List

2011 December To-Do List

[ 0 ] December 1, 2011 |

My December List was so handy last year (and the years before) that I now annually revise it and re-use it again. This summary of articles from the Kidoinfo archives includes craft projects, local events, and books to read, along with tips and ideas to make holidays a little easier, hopefully less stressful—and memorable for the kids. Some of you may be way ahead of me, so pick and choose what you need and please share your own helpful tips and ideas below with the Kidoinfo readers.

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