When classes resumed after the holidays, David and Exavier overheard another boy saying he received no gifts for Christmas. "He didn't have a Christmas tree, so Santa didn't bring him nothing," David said.
. . . It was then that the two teachers in Room 117 realized what was happening. They were witnessing what Bukosky would later describe in a letter to Principal Wendell Smith as "the most amazing random act of kindness by first-graders."
Chow.com tells you how to ship cookies and other treats for the holidays
: "You don't want to ship any cookie or baked good that won't hold up for three to five days sitting around your house in the container you plan to ship in. Not sure? Do a test batch and see what happens." [more inside]
The Seven Worst Gifts for Children!
This year’s list of the worst toys is brought to you by plastics, those bright synthetic polymers that threaten to overtake the living rooms of middle-class parents.
A Humanitarian Gift Guide:
Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a scarf from a brothel survivor. [more inside]
Knitting a sweater is like saying "I love you" 150,000 times in a row.
But it's too late for most of us to turn yarn into sweater this year (even those of us who crochet really fast
). If you didn't schedule your holiday crafting successfully
, here are some excuses for not crafting
. Don't knit or crochet? Gift ideas for your favorite crocheter
If you're of a certain age, you might've seen Simple Gifts: 6 Heartwarming Holiday Stories
on PBS in the late 70s or early 80s. Maybe you enjoyed it as much as I did, or maybe you still will.
Prologue, by Maurice Sendak.
1. A Memory of Christmas part one
, part two
2. Lost And Found
3. Excerpted from Orlando
, The Great Frost part one
and part two
4. My Christmas, as told by a young Teddy Roosevelt
5. December 25th, 1914
(You might otherwise know this event from the video for Paul McCartney's "The Pipes of Peace.")
6. No Room At The Inn part one
, part two
"This year, Americans are planning to spend over $400 on Christmas gifts. Instead of buying things we can’t afford, here’s a way to do something more meaningful
Awful Christmas gifts
come in many varieties. For starters, there's Yule Doos
or Jingle Smells
offers detailed information on all 167,000 registered charities in England and Wales, as well as guides to giving
. And, should you wish to give Christmas gifts that make a difference, The Alternative Gift Catalogue
and Good Gifts
is a free web-based utility for automating Secret Santa gift exchanges. My office is Holiday-Cheer-Challenged this year, but after finding Elfster, things are looking up. There's nothing a tech company likes more than a new-fangled spin on a classic.
The perfect Christmas gift
for the geek in your life. Or maybe you need something for your new niece or nephew
? Then again, this site
may have all the stuff on your gift shopping list.
Some economists debate
why we can and if we should give gifts for Christmas. Because a gift is likely to be valued less by the recipient than for the giver, Christmas has been considered by some to be a "deadweight loss" equivalent to tearing up banknotes. To get around this, other economists propose that the value of the gift for the recipient comes from the process of finding a rare gift. On the other hand, perhaps this is one case where we should rethink
the basic rationality assumption that economic decisions can be explained by models that maximize individual wealth.
Since the gift season is right around the corner, what are all the audiophiles looking for? Is it a minidisc
? Or mp3
? Or some kind of combination
? Maybe something to integrate into your stereo system
Which side of the tradeoff is worth it? Cheap capacity with real-time recording limitations or ease of use and multi-format support with high priced memory?