Festival of Lights: Diwali for Kids

This week people all over the world will begin cleaning their houses, exchanging gifts, eating sweets and lighting candles. Why? Because they're celebrating Diwali. Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists from India to Chicago will observe this festival of lights.  In Hindu tradition, Diwali is the celebration of the triumph of good over evil from […]

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Quiz: A Christmas Carol

The debate over the best film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is sure to rage at many a holiday table again this year. To put you in the spirit, our bloggers Jennifer, Joanna and Laura compiled this quiz to see how well you know the classic holiday tale and its many adaptations. For more of the miser we all […]

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Quiz: Test Your Holiday IQ

For many of us, books, movies and music put us in the holiday spirit and shape our traditions with family and friends. So what better way to celebrate the titles we love than a holiday quiz? Our bloggers Beth, Katie, Laura, Mary, Michelle, Municipal_Reference_Guy and Shilo created this quiz to give you something fun to share this holiday season.

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Take the Express Train to Holiday Traditions

A "tradition" is a custom or a belief passed down from generation to generation. Some of my favorite traditions happen during the winter holiday season! I love my family's tradition of eating monkey bread while we open presents on Christmas morning. My friends and I share the tradition of riding the CTA Holiday Train each year. The holiday concerts at Harold […]

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O Christmas Tree!

I love Christmas! It’s my favorite time of the year. I love everything about it: the lights, the toys, the gingerbread houses, Santa Claus. But nothing says Christmas like the Christmas tree.  In my house we make a big production around erecting good ole Tannenbaum. It’s a time filled with music, laughter, hot chocolate, popcorn […]

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Holiday Fiction for Teens

When I was a kid, my favorite thing was to read all the holiday books that spent most of the year living in the closet with the rest of the Christmas decorations. Most of those books were for children, like The Polar Express, or for adults, like Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, which is one of my absolute […]

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