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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Archive for the ‘Christmas’ Category

After a hiatus from live music, “The Nutcracker” brings back the symphony

A local holiday entertainment staple, Ballet Arizona’s “The Nutcracker” will return this year with live music by the Phoenix Symphony. The symphony was absent from last year’s performance after organizers said the cost of live music was just too high. Tickets for the Dec. 8-24 production at Symphony Hall go on sale Monday, July 10. […]

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Celebrating Christmas in the spirit of Diwali

Hindi songs played in the background while my sister and I decorated our Christmas tree with silver and gold ornaments. When I was a little girl in a small Texas town, my East Indian immigrant parents insisted on celebrating familiar customs associated with the holiday season: ordering fruitcake from the famous Collin Street Bakery in […]

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Gift guide: 10 toys that will spark imaginations this holiday season!

What better way to spend the day than by building, creating and encouraging a child’s imagination! We have a list of 10 toys that will do just that, from time-tested classics to new and innovative finds.   3Doodler Start Printing Pen The world’s first 3-D printing pen. Compact and easy to use, the 3Doodler allows […]

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The greatest gift of the holiday season? Family memories

When I was in second grade, a friend told me Santa was made up. Although every part of me wanted to believe, my faith was faltering. So my sister and I came up with the perfect test. We asked for just one thing for Christmas: snow. I can still see my mother’s expression when she […]

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Now hear this! Noisy toys could damage a child’s hearing

With the holidays in full swing, parents are combing the aisles to find the perfect toys for their kids. It’s always important to look at age recommendations and any warnings on the packaging. But have you ever considered how noisy a toy is? Did you know that noisy toys can potentially damage a child’s hearing? […]

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Holiday baking with kids makes delicious tradition

It’s easy to understand why time-crunched holiday bakers shoo kids out of the kitchen. Who has the time to teach a 7-year-old how to measure flour? You do. Baking with children is more than a time-honored rite for Christmas or Hanukkah. Spending time with flour, sugar and butter offers an antidote to shopping, wrapping, decorating, […]

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Does your child want a cellphone? Here’s what to consider

In the past year, my almost 11-year-old daughter has been asking the same question repeatedly: “Can I get a cellphone?” It’s a universal conundrum for parents of tweens; it’s a tough call to determine when a child is mature enough to own a one. There are advantages to holding off: Doing so can minimize distractions, […]

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Carefree Christmas Festival’s Santa is checking his list twice

A handwritten sign announces his workshop, tucked into a tree-lined neighborhood in central Phoenix: “Welcome to the North Pole. Santa is in!” Ron Bacher’s blue eyes really twinkle; his jolly face is creased with smile lines that make you want to smile back. His long, white beard is just right, and he wears a ball cap […]

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“A Christmas Story” brings laughter, holiday fun to Peoria dinner theater

Nine-year-old Ralphie Parker knows exactly what he wants: an official Red Ryder range model carbine-action BB gun. Will he get it for Christmas? Not unless he can convince everyone he won’t shoot his eye out! The zany holiday tale “A Christmas Story: The Musical” is onstage at Peoria’s Arizona Broadway Theatre through Wednesday, Dec. 28. The show is based on […]

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Join the Socks From Santa sock drive

When I think of socks, the first thing that comes to mind is the countless number of single socks that go missing in my household. Where do they go? Do they consciously uncouple? At any given moment, we have at least 20 unmatched socks at the bottom of the laundry basket waiting for their mates, […]

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