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Year of the Monkey

Kids and families around the world will welcome the Year of the Monkey in 2016. Why, you may ask? It's Chinese New Year, and it's time to celebrate! Clean your house to make room for some good luck, then decorate it with red paper and wishes for wealth, happiness and a long life in the next year. Other traditions include…
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Celebrate St. Nicholas Day

The stockings were hung By the chimney with care In the hopes that St. Nicholas Soon would be there. Chances are you know a certain jolly old elf from this famous line in Clement Moore's poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," but did you know that St. Nicholas was a real person who spread kindness and goodwill nearly 2,000…
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Crosswords at 101: A Puzzling Celebration

cru•ci•ver•bal•ist, noun. A person skillful in solving or creating crossword puzzles. For over a century, crosswords have been challenging, vexing and delighting puzzlers of all ages. Who can resist the taunts of those scoundrels Across and Down, defying us to abandon our pens and walk away? If you've ever spent an afternoon determined to finish the New York…
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The Red Thread: National Adoption Month

An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break. —Ancient Chinese proverb The Asian legend of the red thread is a perfect way to frame National Adoption Month, celebrated throughout November. It's lovely to think that adoptive family members are…
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