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Exploring Womanhood > Heart of the Home > Holidays & Seasons

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   • Easter


 Christmas Countdown
We've gathered SEVERAL articles and projects related to Christmas that focus on planning ahead, home decorating, crafts, food and gifts. Check our Christmas Countdown along with a countdown ticker to Christmas Day!

 Christmas Ornament Exchange 2003 and Christmas Ornament Exchange 2002!
Several members of our message board forum have participated in our annual ornament exchange. We are so excited to share here the result of everyone's work. Thank you to all of you who participated. You'll find directions and photos of each ornament submitted so you can make them for your own tree.

 Gingerbread House Contest
Check out the winners of our first annual StorkNet Gingerbread House Contest and the winners of our second annual Gingerbread House Contest.

 Happy Hanukkah Holiday Ideas
Penny Warner, author of "The Best Party Book: 1001 Creative Ideas for Fun Parties" (Meadowbrook Press), has some great suggestions for celebrating the eight-day Festival of Lights.
 How to Make a Menorah Candle Necklace
Celebrate the festival of lights with this fun craft idea from Penny Warner, author of "The Big Book of Party and Holiday Fun."

 How to Celebrate Kwanzaa
Since 1966, Kwanzaa has been a time to honor and celebrate African-American culture and history. Learn how to celebrate this important holiday.

 Learn the Meaning of Kwanzaa
First celebrated in 1966, Kwanzaa is a holiday that celebrates seven principles related to unity and cooperation. Here's information to help everyone appreciate this holiday.


 Getting Organized for Halloween: 10 Spooktacular Tips by Maria Gracia
Here are 10 tips to ensure this holiday is a fun one for your and your family.

 Quick and Easy Halloween Decorating Ideas
Need some quick Halloween decorations that even the kids can help with? Here are three great Halloween decorating ideas using easy to find, inexpensive materials.

 Halloween Candles
Check out our October 2002 Project of the Month!

 Straw Hat ScareCrow Craft
By Rachel Webb, using two straw hats, it is easy to make an adorable scarecrow to dress up your home for the harvest season.

Mother's DayMother's Day & Father's Day

 Fabulous and Frugal Gifts for Mom by Cyndi Roberts
What to do? Mother's Day is just around the corner and there's just no money in the budget for gifts. Not to worry! Just look over this list of inexpensive gifts to buy or make and you'll be all set.

 Mother's Day Traditions: 10 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day
A mother's love is one of the most powerful forces in this world. Here are 10 ways to celebrate her love this Mother's Day . . .

 Mother's Day Gift Basket Ideas
Mother's Day baskets are a great way to show off your creative talents while also showing your mom, mother-in-law, grandma, or another special mom how much you care. Here are some theme ideas, including recipes, to get you started.

 10 Great Gift Ideas for Father's Day by Adriana Copaceanu
What do you get for the man who has always been there for you? You want it to be something special, something he hasn't gotten before, something that he will cherish. It cannot be the tired old gift of aftershave lotion or soap on a rope. Not this year!

National & International Holidays

 Having End-of-Summer Blues? Celebrate with a Fun Labor Day Party!
It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and Labor Day is just around the corner. Why not make the end of summer one to remember for you, your friends and family? Why not have a party to say farewell to lazy day activities and welcome in the fall season?

 Labor Day Grilling Tips by Susan Dunn
You've got the recipes, but here are some tips to make your grilling easier and safer.

 A Cinco de Mayo Feast! by Faith Heinauer
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta! We're serving a tantalizing feast of sizzling flavors and delicious dishes . . . watermelon margaritas, cuban black beans, tenderloin with a chimichurri sauce, and tres leches (three-milks) cake. El Partido En (party on)!

Seasonal Events and Fun

 A Valentine's Day That Is so Much More
This year, why not make Valentine's Day one that will be kept in the heart more than in a box of memories on a high shelf in the closet. This special holiday can have more meaning with a few simple ideas.

 The History of Valentine's Day
We all know what Valentine's Day means today, but most of us don't realize that Valentine's Day has a long history--and much of it had little to do with romantic love. Learn more about this fascinating holiday.

 Drying and Preserving Valentine Roses
The Rose, in all its shapes and sizes, is well worth the trouble of drying. To preserve your roses try these easy methods.

 Get Organized for the Next Holiday Season
Here are some fabulous tips to give you a jumpstart on the holidays for NEXT season.

 Irish Dinner: Top o' the Mornin' to Ya
Here's a delicious meal complete with Shamrock cookies to help you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style!

 Autumn Treasures
From recipes to decorating, enjoy the treasures of the Autumn season with this bountiful suggestions from Arleen M. Kaptur.

 Easy Summertime Celebrations
Summertime is the perfect time for easy meals that look like you cooked all day. Keep your kitchen cool and have those precious extra minutes to spend with family and friends.

 Celebrate Summer With a Barbecue
Everyone likes a barbecue - the tasty fare has universal appeal and is appropriate for almost every gathering. Use these simple recipes from to have a fun cookout!

 Guidelines for Fun and Safe Summer Grilling
Here are some tips to prepare your grill and prep your food for great grilling results the safe and healthy way. Enjoy!

 End of Summer Celebration!
There are still a couple weeks left of summer. Stop rushing for it to be over and celebrate the end of the summer season with your kids! There are a lot of super fun ways to end your summer with a BANG!


 Thanksgiving Countdown
Brandie Valenzuela gives us a detailed list of what needs to be done to celebrate a festive Thanksgiving without the last minute stress.

 Clay Pot Turkey
This little turkey is quite simple to make. The cost is minimal and he makes a great table decoration or hostess gift for Thanksgiving dinner!

 Thanks, but No Thanks? What Thanksgiving Has Come to Mean in Our Modern Society and Culture
On Thanksgiving, most Americans take a holiday, ostensibly to give thanks. But most will likely give thanks by simply eating too much. It's an interesting contrast to a time when the original settlers observed their first Thanksgiving. In that first American society and culture there was less food, less security and less freedom than we have today.

 Two Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Monica Resinger shares her recipes for Sweet Potato Casserole and Cranberry Fruit Salad which are delicious and will be hits at your Thanksgiving table.

 Pumpkin Pie
Delicious and simple any time of year but this recipe is especially delicious on your Thanksgiving table.


 Here Comes Easter
Here are some easy ways to celebrate Easter . . .

 How to Make an Easter Bunny Cake
The Easter bunny cakes that you can buy from the bakeries in grocery stores can be quite expensive; by making your own, you'll save money. Here's how. . . .


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