Christmas/Hanukkah

Holiday Traditions 2010: Christmas Department Store Windows Walk

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Remember this: your children's holiday memories won't be about the toys they get under the tree, they're going to be about the wonderful holiday traditions that your family shared. One of these traditions should be going to see the department store holiday window displays. These festive holiday windows are a great way to get into the holiday spirit and this simply magical experience is completely free.

 

Lots of people like to do the Holiday Windows Walk on Christmas Eve, but it's also a great way to walk off your Thanksgiving turkey because the crowds tend to be smaller when the stores are closed (and before the RockefellerCenter tree is lit.) We've rounded up the best ones for kids plus some other great holiday stops to visit while you're in the neighborhood.

When to Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph, A Charlie Brown Christmas and All Your Favorite Holiday TV Shows

Holiday time. The smell of roasting chestnuts and crisp latkes fill the air. What do I love the most about the most wonderful time of the year? The holiday television shows, the holiday movies (everything from the classics to new made-for-tv ones), and, of course, the classic claymation specials starring Rudolph, the Heatmiser, and pals. I’ve rounded up some of the highlights and grabbed listings from around the web for you to print out and keep by the remote.

Gingerbread House Decorating and Holiday Cooking Classes for NYC Kids

Family holiday traditions often seem to revolve around food: cooking special meals, baking holiday cookies and creating gingerbread houses. These family moments create those warm memories that children will look back on with nostalgia. But if your inner Martha is on vacation, consider taking your kids to a holiday cooking class instead (or joining in on one with them!)

Several kids' cooking “schools” are offering classes in November and December, teaching holiday staples like sweet potato pie, cocoa and gingerbread house construction. Classes for toddlers through tweens could whet your child's appetite for culinary greatness—or just a really good sugar cookie. Instruction doesn't come cheap: the classes range from $30 to $95 per child. Then again, every holiday host knows eager kitchen help is priceless.

5 Great Holiday Cooking Classes for Kids and Their Grown-Ups: Gingerbread, Cookies and More

It seems that each year the holiday decorations go up earlier and the trees get trimmed sooner.  If you’ve got kids or teens in your house who are ready to get a jumpstart on baking or cooking for the holidays, look into these great options that are well worth their time.  And you never know, perhaps you can put your feet up and let the kids do all the cooking next year!

9 Brooklyn Bakeries with Delicious Thanksgiving Desserts

Now that it’s November, Brooklyn bakeries are taking orders for Thanksgiving treats. From Joyce Bakery’s upside down pear and cranberry tart to cookies hand-decorated by a Greenpoint artist, these nine places promise the perfect end to your turkey day feast. But don't take too long deciding which pies, tarts, spice cakes, sugar cookies, cheesecakes and other tempting sweets sound best -- most places require orders by November 19.

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