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nightcats Is Sharing Her Holiday Traditions

Posted: 12 Dec 2013 06:47 AM PST

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What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I love making hand made cards, ornaments and other craft projects for gifts and to decorate my own home.

What’s your favorite holiday food?
I love it all. Christmas pudding might be my favorite, though.

What do you love most about the season?
The beauty of the lights and decorations and the way most people are pleasant and joyous.

What is your favorite childhood holiday memory?
Putting up the Christmas tree. I still remember the special little ornaments that thrilled me when I as a kid.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
I came from a region where Christmases were always white, and very cold. Now I live in Vancouver. White Christmases are rare here. However, today, as I write this, it is snowing and so yes, I am dreaming of a white Christmas.

nightcats is a Giant Squid on Squidoo

Topics Bug – UPDATED

Posted: 12 Dec 2013 05:48 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 11.43.10 AMThere is a bug that is causing the topics pages not to show up properly, they appear empty: http://www.squidoo.com/topics/arts-and-design.

We’re currently working on a fix so hang in there!

UPDATE – This is fixed along with the related lens bug.

Quest of the Day: 75 Steven Spielberg Films

Posted: 12 Dec 2013 05:37 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-12 at 8.36.23 AMDo you have one (or more) favorite Steven Spielberg movies? Share why they touched your heart, made you laugh or gave you 2 hours of sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat entertainment.

Product Review of the Day: My Review of P.D. Eastman’s Children’s Book ‘Are You My Mother’

Posted: 12 Dec 2013 05:09 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 6.57.11 PMOn my 4th birthday, my Mom, Gertie, gave me a hardback copy of P.D. Eastman’s book ‘Are You My Mother.’ Although I have few memories of those early years (except a traumatic hospitalization when I was 2), I clearly remember the many nights I’d sit upon my Mom’s lap while she read to me. I can still hear the inflection in her voice as she read the pages, using different voices for the different characters.

Lens of the Day: Best Forensic Fiction Books Of All Times

Posted: 12 Dec 2013 05:03 AM PST

PaulaLeDuigou Is Sharing Her Holiday Traditions

Posted: 11 Dec 2013 03:50 PM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-11 at 6.48.00 PMWhat is your favorite holiday tradition?
My little brother and I share who will host Thanksgiving and Christmas. We live about 2 hours from one another, and I love the drive to his home. I feel so much like its an “over the river and through the woods” moment, mainly because we have to travel through so many farms to get there. I like that on some occasions I get to cook and fuss, and then the next year I relax. I think that I get the best of both because we do this.

What’s your favorite holiday food?
At Thanksgiving, its the turkey and all the fixings. Its the only time of year that I get that particular combination. At Christmas, its roast beef. We cook up a big roast with mashed potatoes and gravy. Super awesome comfort food that winds down the holiday perfectly.

What do you love most about the season?
Thanksgiving is wonderful just because we are all together, and the only stress was whether to have 2 or 3 pies for dessert. Christmas is the music. Certain songs bring back memories of people that are no longer with us, and places that I have lived before. It reminds me of my son when he was 2 years old and was singing Rudolph at the top of his lungs. And Silent Night is Midnight Mass with all of us singing and lighting candles.

What is your favorite childhood holiday memory?
My favorite memory is of my brothers and me getting up at 3:00 am to sneak down and look at the tree and the presents. We weren’t allowed to be up but we couldn’t wait to see what was under the tree.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
Always!! I grew up in NY and it seems rare that we didn’t have snow at Christmas. Plus, my favorite movie is “White Christmas” So I might as well continue the theme!

PaulaLeDuigou the Project Manager here at Squidoo

Getaways, Vacations and More: Great Holiday Travel Lenses

Posted: 11 Dec 2013 11:51 AM PST

Now, I don’t mean to knock a holiday season spent at home, but some years you want a break, a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle or maybe just a change of scenery, especially if you live anywhere winter involves snow, ice and cold fronts blowing in from the Arctic (I’m looking at you, Mid-Atlantic US!) With that thought in mind here are some of the very best “Winter Vacation” lenses on Squidoo. Even if you’ll be huddled in front of the fireplace this holiday season, these lenses will entertain and delight with photos, stories and good cheer from all around the world – after all, armchair travel is better than no travel at all!

Great Christmas Travel Destinations

1. Great Christmas Travel Destinations

Most of us think of Christmas as a holiday to spend time at home with family. But have you ever thought of traveling somewhere special for Christmas? There are many places in the world that can be a truly magical place to spend the Christmas holiday, for w…

Christmas in Hawaii

2. Christmas in Hawaii

Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaiian for Merry Christmas. Christmas traditions in Hawaii are very unique, as there is no one tradition. On all of the islands there is a merging of many different nationalities that over the years have melded the dividing lines toget…

Planning A Hawaiian Christmas Luau

3. Planning A Hawaiian Christmas Luau

Mele Kalikimaka! Do you want your Christmas party to stand out from the rest this year? Why not give it a whole news spin as a Christmas Hawaiian Luau. From Christmas carols on the ukulele, to a Hawaiian floral Santa hats and coconut cookies, you can easil…

Christmas in Hawaii

4. Christmas in Hawaii

Planning on escaping to the warm tropical temperatures of Hawaii for Christmas? Often we think of Christmas time, sitting by a warm fireplace sipping on eggnog or hot cocoa after a long day of shoveling snow from our driveway. Hawaii is an exotic getaway f…

An Empty-Nesters' Christmas Trip

5. An Empty-Nesters’ Christmas Trip

For the first 18 years of parenthood, Christmas was a family time filled with traditions established over the years. But eventually the ‘baby birds’ grow up, fly away and build their own ‘nests’. Thus begins their own Christmas times an…

Christmas in Seattle

6. Christmas in Seattle

Seattle might seem like an unlikely choice for a Christmas travel destination since it is neither warm and tropical for those who want to escape winter nor cold and snowy for those who enjoy more traditional holiday winter weather. Maybe I’m prejudice…

Top Five European Christmas Destinations

7. Top Five European Christmas Destinations

If you live in the US, Christmas holidays in Europe can be expensive. But if you have the money and want a holiday of a lifetime, you may find that an old- fashioned winter in the Old World can offer a truly wonderful experience. And if you live in Europe,…

A Chicago Christmas

8. A Chicago Christmas

Every region has their own peculiar holiday celebrations, and the city of Chicago, Illinois is no different. Whether you are a Chicago resident, a former Chicagoan returning home for the holidays, or far away and want to put a little Chicago in your Christ…

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine

9. Christmas Markets Along the Rhine

I love German Christmas Markets, especially the ones along the Rhine River. The smell of Gingerbread, grilling Sausages and roasting Chestnuts fills the air. you hear musicians playing Christmas Carols. rows of booths sell hand made wooden toys, blown glas…

A Winter Vacation in Maui Hawaii

10. A Winter Vacation in Maui Hawaii

I enjoy going to the Hawaiian Islands in the winter months to get away from the cold dreary winter weather in the area where I live. The weather in Hawaii is wonderful year- round with high temperatures usually about 80 degrees and lows at night about 70 d…

Winter Activities in Houston, Texas

11. Winter Activities in Houston, Texas

Houston isn’t a location famed for its snow. That doesn’t matter though. After all, who needs snow to have a good time in Houston, Texas? Let’s take a little look at some of the most fantastic winter activities that you can take part in when…

Tour a Gallery of Hawaiian Holiday Wreaths

12. Tour a Gallery of Hawaiian Holiday Wreaths

Travel back in time to Christmas 2006 on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Volcano Art Center Gallery is hosting its 7th annual Invitational Wreath Exhibit at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Wander among unique Christmas wreaths created by Island artists…

Snow in Hawaii - My Family's Favorite Adventure

13. Snow in Hawaii – My Family’s Favorite Adventure

Since we live in Hawaii, people often ask me what our family does for fun besides going to the beach, fishing, and diving. Well, our favorite winter adventure is to go play in the snow on Mauna Kea (Hawaiian for white mountain), which is about two hours fr…

Christmas in New York City

14. Christmas in New York City

Any time of year is a good time to visit New York City, but there is a special beauty and magic in ‘The Big Apple’ during the Christmas season. The season officially begins when Santa makes his appearance at the end of a long line of wonderful th…

Christmas in Las Vegas : What to do over the holidays in Las Vegas

15. Christmas in Las Vegas : What to do over the holidays in Las Vegas

It’s Christmastime in Las Vegas. A time for glittering lights, music, fancy dress parties. Wait a minute. That’s every day in Vegas! How is a holiday any different? The large venues do a great job at advertising their holiday shows. What else is…

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Coworkers

Posted: 11 Dec 2013 11:08 AM PST

striped elephant by renemensen on flickr via creative commonsHelp! My husband works with a small group of people who love to exchange Christmas gifts every year – and we need ideas!

He can count on receiving a(nother) scented candle this year and probably a(nother) calendar and (for sure) more homemade cookies and candy. The coworkers have those covered. My mission? Finding a useful alternative gift that everyone can use, but something that won’t break the bank.

Suggestions? Post your new or existing lenses with original gift ideas for coworkers right here, in a comment below, for everyone to see.

No white elephants (or striped ones), please. :)

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6 Projects and Gifts for Creative Kids

Posted: 11 Dec 2013 11:03 AM PST

From the RocketSquids, here are 6 ideas for your creative kid (or just for you!).

Crayola Light Designer - the perfect children's gift

1. Crayola Light Designer – the perfect children’s gift

Are you looking for the perfect gift for a child on your holiday season list? Or do you need to find a fun birthday present for a niece, nephew, son, daughter, grandchild, or child’s friend? Well, I have found the PERFECT solution! The Crayola Light D…

Origami Christmas Tree Star

2. Origami Christmas Tree Star

I’m really feeling the Christmas spirit this year :) Yesterday I felt in a rather crafty mood (hands- on making things kind of crafty, not the deceiving kind). I googled origami Christmas ornaments and found a tutorial for making an origami star for h…

Star Wars Origami

3. Star Wars Origami

From the founder of starwarsorigami. com, Chris Alexander brings us this collection of 36 origami designs with a Star Wars theme. Chris Alexander is a master folder after beginning at only age four and now specializes in Star Wars designs. The instructions…

Play-doh Mega Pack

4. Play-doh Mega Pack

I wish this pack was around when my kids were small, the colors then were very basic and if you wanted something different you had to blend them yourself. This box contains thirty six three ounce cans, that means thirty six different, great colors! My kids…

Rainbow Loom - The Hottest Toy of the Season

5. Rainbow Loom – The Hottest Toy of the Season

Marketed towards girls aged 8 to 13, I can tell you that this popular toy is a hit with boys in that age category as well. The Rainbow Loom encourages creativity and cooperation among kids. The Rainbow Loom encourages creative expression through fashion. K…

Crochet Art for Kids by 4M

6. Crochet Art for Kids by 4M

When I was young, my grandmother tried several times to teach me how to crochet as it was a favorite pasttime of hers. I found it difficult to understand and even boring at times. She focused mainly on making doilies which we didn’t use in our home so…

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