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  • Santa normally sticks to winter sports but he enjoys bike riding when he is in non-icy conditions.
    3 of Santa’s favorite sports
    December 24th and 25th are the busiest days for Santa Claus. In fact, Saint Nick spends most of the year preparing for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Although Santa spends a lot of his time working on all-things-Christmas-related he also makes...
  • Singing Christmas carols is part of many public tree lightings.
    3 of Santa’s favorite songs
    Christmas is coming soon and millions of children all over the world are getting excited about the arrival of Santa Claus. Many children consider Christmas to be the most exciting time of the year since they anticipate the presents Santa will...
  • Santa spends most of the year in the freezing North Pole so he enjoys his summer vacations in warm locations.
    3 things Santa does in the Summer
    Now that it is December, millions of children across the globe are awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. The Christmas season is the busiest time of year for Saint Nick and he actually spends most of the year planning for December 24th and 25th....
  • Santa is a jolly fellow but he still has favorite things.
    3 things Santa loves
    Christmas is coming soon and many children all over the world are getting excited about the arrival of Santa Claus. Santa is the most famous Christmas icon who is known for his jolly smile and bright red suit. Although Santa is very famous and...
  • Occasionally Mrs. Claus is honored in decorations alongside her husband.
    3 things about Mrs. Claus
    Christmas is only a few weeks away and so lots of children are getting excited about the arrival of Santa Claus. Although Santa is the most famous Christmas icon, he owes a great deal of his success to his wife, Mrs. Claus. Although most children...
  • Santa's reindeer are enchanted so they can fly, unlike regular reindeer.
    3 things about Rudolph and the reindeer
    Christmas is on its way and lots of children are getting excited about the arrival of Santa Claus. Although Santa is the most famous Christmas icon, he owes a great deal of his success to the reindeer that help him navigate his sled. Although most...
  • Elves are Santa's helpers.
    3 things about elves
    Now that Christmas is only a few weeks away lots of children are getting very excited about the arrival of Santa Claus. Although Santa is the most famous Christmas icon, he owes a great deal of his success to the elves that help him prepare for...
  • Holiday Magic
    Holiday Magic
    This is a wonderful time of year to relax and just enjoy the season. Well, maybe not the shopping but the time we can spend listening to carols, seeing family and just keeping everything low key. It is also a help to our friends in need of a...
  • Mother holding toddler son on lap, reading bedtime story in bed
    How to create a great bedtime ritual
    Dr. Laura Nathanson, MD, FAAP discusses bedtime ritualsGood bedtime rituals are those that help babies and children fall asleep. Great rituals are those that spare the loving adult from having to keep putting the child back to sleep at frequent...
  • The Haunted Boonslick
    A Ghostly Time of the Year at Columbia Public Library
    On Monday, October 27, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Friends Room of Columbia Public Library, Mary Barile began with a question to her attentive listeners. “Who believes in ghosts?” she wanted to know. A handful of people raised...
  • Lighten up the darkening fall days with the festival of Diwali
    Lighten up the darkening fall days with the festival of Diwali
    Today, Oct 23 2014 begins the start of one of the most prominent Hindu festivals- Diwali. It is a festival of lights that focuses on how good triumphs over evil, education triumphs over ignorance and light is victorious over darkness. Diwali is...
  • EthiDolls: exploring African dolls
    EthiDolls: exploring African dolls
    Hello NY Doll Collectors,I was thinking about all the types of dolls we have in this world. And there are so many. And then I thought, “world”, which makes me think, ah, international. We have explored international dolls from Mattel...
  • National Tell a Story Day: The Story behind Sleepy Hollow
    National Tell a Story Day: The Story behind Sleepy Hollow
    October 27 is “National Tell a Story Day” and in honor of that day I thought I would share the story behind sleepy hollow with you. Of course we have all heard the story if Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, many of us have...
  • My Style: Fifty Shades of Gold
    My 305 style: Fifty shades of gold
    As we get older, words start to have new meanings.A few years ago new phrases came out to the beauty market such as: “Women over 40,” “Over 40 & Fabulous,” “Fab over 40,” among others. After our first lady...
  • What on earth can dolls offer in stories
    What on earth can dolls offer in stories
    Hello New York Doll Collectors and all doll collectors of the world!We talked in our last article about doll story books, that bring to us, inspiration, in addition to being a collectible. I brought up my own book of short stories, as an example...