Monday, December 24, 2012
Share your family's traditions with us.
We all remember some holiday traditions from when we were kids. When I was a kid, one of my favorites was arguing with my brothers about who got to hang the beloved ornament on the tree. The "Mouse House," as we called it, was special because inside a mushroom was a family of mice, each doing their own thing. We would stick a lightbulb inside the house from a string of lights so you could see what was going on inside. I know, I know, that sounds pretty lame. But it's just one of those things that sticks with me. With all that's going on in the world right now, sometimes it's nice to take a break and think about memories that are simple and happy. We want to know: What are those traditions that just "stick with you?" Did your Grandma make…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Santa and his elves will be setting up shop in local malls around the Twin Cities metro area.
Santa is ready and willing to talk with youngsters and pose for photos from now through Christmas Eve at . Where: 10 Southdale Center Edina, MN 55435 When: Every day through Dec. 24. Mondays through Friday: Saturdays Sundays Christmas Eve Special notes: Santa takes a break to feed his reindeer from 1-1:45 p.m. and 5-5:45 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays. The Santa set at Southdale is in a new location this year, in the AMC District Rotunda. Where: I-494 and Penn Avenue in Bloomington, MN 55431 When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22 Where: 10606 France Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55431 When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 Where: 8251 Flying Cloud Dr. Eden Prairie, MN 55344 When: Every day through Dec. 24…
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Do you know about Sinterklaas?
"Sinterklaas," a Dutch figure from which Santa Claus got his name, is celebrated annually on St. Nicholas Eve or the morning after in Belgium and France. Which day is St. Nicholas Eve? Editor's Note: Select your answer in the poll below and tell us how you know the answer in the comments section. The answer will be posted later in the day.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The Air Force is tracking Santa's location tonight.
The US Air Force is reporting a mysterious object entering North American airspace. Radar images show...reindeer! That's right: the North American Air Defence Comand, better known as NORAD, is booting up its annual "Santa Tracker" in time for Christmas Eve 2011. Watch here as he makes his way around the world...and to Southwest Minneapolis.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Do the kids get what they want or do you stay within a budget?
Jobs have been lost. Houses have been foreclosed on. This year has been a tough one for budgets, says the media. But it has not been a rough year for all. Because public classrooms are not determined by family income, kids of all economic statuses talk to one another. They watch TV, where there are commercials filled with amazing toys that will better their lives. This is not a new issue. Even in a perfect economy, there are children who are the “haves” and others who are the “have nots.” Some kids get the most awesome gifts in the world. And others do not get very much. Then, after some thought, the kids who didn’t get the big gift of the year want to know why Santa Claus (see discussion on The Santa Talk) likes them less than a …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Is there a point where you have to tell your children Santa isn't a guy who squeezes down the chimney bearing gifts and looking for cookies?
I was devastated, betrayed, mad, sad, and—most of all—robbed of something to look forward to. Some kid on the bus had just told me Santa Claus wasn't real. Not something a 7-year-old wants to hear and I didn't want to believe it. I marched home and planned to confront my mother. As I burst through the door, the tears started streaming. Mom didn't know what the heck happened. Through my tears and sniffs, I explained to her that the cat was out of the bag: Santa wasn't real. I demanded she tell me the truth. "You really want to know?" she asked me. "Yes," I sniffed. "He's not real, honey," She said compassionately. As I began to wail, she panicked. Trying to soothe me, she quickly said: "But the Tooth Fairy is!" Regardless, Mom still played …