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Let's Pretend - Camping!

Published July 16, 2010        by Rae Ann

campfire craft 150x150 Lets Pretend   Camping!If you're not all that fond of "The Great Outdoors", how about set up a camping experience indoors!  Turn off the TV, set up the "tent" and get ready to make memories. You can use a real tent for your sleeping quarters, or create one of your own!  A couple chairs and some large sheets or blankets are all you need to create the illusion of a tent.  Grab a couple flashlights and books, tell some ghost stories, make shadow puppets and enjoy some one-on-one time with the kids. What about the campfire, you ask?  Below is a fun craft that is perfect for pretend play!  Some toilet paper rolls, cotton balls and tissue paper make for a realistic mini campfire you can sit around to make your camp out even more fun! Supplies: 6 cardboard tubes brown acrylic or poster paint large Read more

Thank a Teacher - Gifts and Ideas

Published May 13, 2010        by Rae Ann

teacher cookie basket 150x150 Thank a Teacher   Gifts and IdeasIn the United States, the first Tuesday in the first full week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Day. According to the National Education Association, Teacher's Day is a day for "honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives." World Teacher's Day is held on October 5th each year to commemorate teachers and their organizations across the world. Whether you live in the United States or another country, a Teacher's Day is the perfect time to help your son, daughter or other child say thank you to their favorite teacher. They truly deserve a pat on the back. Holiday Gifts & Gift Baskets has a great selection of cookie and candy teacher appreciation gifts for your child's favorite teacher.  Some even have fun containers that have captions like Read more

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Published October 20, 2009        by Nicole

pink ribbon cookie gift 150x150 October is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthWe've added a line of Pink Ribbon Gifts! At Holiday Gifts & Gift Baskets, we've added a whole new line of gifts and gift baskets that incorporate pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  With gifts starting at just $20 and a huge variety of treats such as gourmet cookies, brownies, chocolate covered oreos, and gourmet nuts, we've got something for everyone.  Part of the profits from some of these gifts will be donated to various cancer foundations in the U.S. The pink ribbon has come to symbolize the solidarity behind the breast cancer movement and to support the thousands of women diagnosed with breast cancer each year.  In 1991, the Susan G. Komen foundation first passed out pink ribbons to wear in their New York City race for the cure.  A breast cancer awareness stamp featuring Read more

November a Month of Games

Published December 19, 2007        by Nicole

For many of us, November is the month of football-either piling on warm clothes, opening your coffee gift basket and making some hot coffee, and joining the throng on the bleachers or collapsing in a chair in front of the TV. What else is there to watch over Thanksgiving? For the Romans, November was an equally frenetic sports month in which athletes paraded their finely honed skills before crowds of cheering, avid fans shouting on their favorite team or champion. One difference is that the ancient Roman athletes performed before the gods and goddesses. Sports were a component of the religious ritual - the Ludi dedicated in November to Jupiter. An ancient author, Dionysus of Halicarnassus, leaves us a colorful description of the parade and the athletic games. Young men, most likely of leading Read more

November Competition, the Agony of Struggle

Published December 17, 2007        by Nicole

For many, especially women, confrontation through direct competition is uncomfortable and best avoided. We too quickly repress our drive to win, our aggressive and competitive side. Yet, in antiquity, there were models of competitive women who were honored and esteemed for their physical prowess. In myth, Atalanta wrestled, hunted, and required her suitors to compete against her in a foot race. In the classical world, we learn from inscriptions that "eleven priestesses of Bacchus put on a running competition." "Tatia directed a gymnasium for women," "My lovely sister Nikegora won the girl's race," and "Kyniska won the chariot race." Every four years, at Olympia, sixteen women together with female assistants put on the games to the goddess Hera, the Heraia. "Here is the method of running. The Read more