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Holiday Potluck

All around the world people are getting together to get in the spirit of the holidays. Here at Calendars.com  we celebrated our annual holiday potluck and it was a delectable success! Check out what we cooked up and which special visitor decided to make a surprise appearance!

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Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest

Behold our holiday cheer! The Calendars.com staff got together for our annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest, and we had a tough choice picking out the best (ugliest?) sweater this year.
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The Best Holiday Films Ever!

We asked the Calendars.com staff to pick out their favorite holiday films, and we got some pretty interesting answers.
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12 Deals of Christmas

Starting on Flip Day, December 1st, we will begin our 12 Deals of Christmas on our Facebook page but you get an EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK at the 12 Deals here!

Get 60% Off when you use the special holiday code on the following items:
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Getting Ready for the Holidays

By Amy Knapp

Do ahead what can be done ahead! A lot of staging and assembly can be done well ahead of the official decorating.

Amy KnappAfter Halloween:

Try to take one or two projects per week to prepare. Start early with lists: gift to purchase, house projects, decorating, baking, and entertaining.

Keep the holiday list separate by merging them with your master weekly to do list.
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15 Years! 15 Minutes of Fun! Week 4

This October marks the 15th anniversary of Calendars.com. 15 years. Wow.

We’ve decided to celebrate in a big way this month, 15 years after all is nothing to shrug your shoulders at. So, in addition to being thankful for 15 amazing years, we’ll find, and share, ways to have fun every single day.
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October 25 – Pablo Picasso’s Birthday

In honor of the great artist today create Picasso faces using this tutorial. These are so fun!
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National Doctor’s Day

Medical Cartoons 2015 box.inddMarch 30 is National Doctor‘s Day! This day is meant to recognize and honor physicians for their contributions to society and the field of medicine and their help in keeping us all healthy and happy.

National Doctor’s Day was first celebrated in Widner, Georgia on March 30, 1933, and was created by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond. This date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetia in surgery. Dr. Crawford Long used ether to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck in Jefferson, Georgia on March 30, 1842. As part of the celebration on the very first Doctor’s Day, The Barrow County (Georgia) Medical Society Auxiliary mailed cards to physicians and their wives and placed flowers on the graves of deceased doctors.

The United States House of Representatives adopted a Resolution Commemorating Doctor’s Day on March 30, 1958. Years later in 1990, the House and the Senate developed legislation to establish a national Doctor’s Day. By October of that year, the approval by the House and the Senate was overwhelming, and on October 30, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed S.J. RES. #366, officially declaring March 30 “National Doctor’s Day.”

Doctor’s Day is and can be commemorated in a variety of ways today. Many employers and hospitals celebrate today by showing their admiration and respect for doctors by hosting luncheons and giving gifts to doctors on their staff. Greeting card companies have even taken note of this national holiday, and you can find cards made especially for this day. Make sure your local health professionals do not go unnoticed today and do something nice for those who help keep your community healthy. Whether it’s buying them a gift or simply telling them how much you appreciate their services to your community, be sure to show your gratitude!

Happy Doctor’s Day!

Sources: About.com, DoctorsDay.org, Hallmark, Huffington Post

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Pledge of Allegiance Day

Girl Pledging Allegiance to the FlagOn December 28, 1945, the Pledge of Allegiance was officially recognized as the American flag salute by the U.S. Congress.

Baptist minister Frances Bellemy wrote the verse in 1892 and it was published in a children’s magazine called The Youth’s Companion. The first version of the pledge was simpler than the one we know today and read, ”I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The pledge has since gone through a few revisions, the first being in 1923 when it was updated to say, “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” In 1954, it was again revised to include the words “under God,” due to the urging of Dwight Eisenhower, who feared communism at the time. This addition has proven to be controversial in the years since its addition.

Prior to World War II, the pledge was recited with the right arm raised up, pointing toward the flag. Because this was a gesture used by Nazis during WWII, the gesture made while reciting the pledge has since been changed to putting the right hand over the heart while reciting the pledge.

To celebrate this day, you can reflect on what the words of the Pledge of Allegiance mean to you, learn more about the history of the pledge, and recite it when you are in the presence of those red, white, and blue stars and stripes!

Sources: Life123.com, Every Day is Special

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New Year’s Resolution: Spend More Time With Your Kids

Family schedules can be crazy and hectic. Between school, work, chores, extracurricular activities and whatever else your family has on its plate, it can be difficult to spend quality time together. The new year is approaching fast, so if you’ve felt that you did not get enough bonding time in with your kids this past year, we have thought of some excellent ways to resolve this.

familygame1. Start a family board game night. Pick one night of the week to keep everyone’s schedules clear – don’t schedule any extra curricular activities, make sure all your chores are done that night, and set aside those distracting electronic devices you are constantly glued to. Switch it up every week by letting a different member of your family pick the game for the week. Playing games together is a great way for your family to actively engage with one another, and having a specific night for this will give your children and yourself a sense of stability and relaxation to interject into your busy schedules.

2. Cook together. Even if your child is very young, they can still help you do simple things like mixing pre-measured ingredients together, tearing up lettuce, or garnishing dishes. If you ask your children to help you plan meals, it will make them feel special for contributing to an important part of family life. As your children grow older and begin making their own meals, they will appreciate the time you took showing them how to plan and prepare meals.

3. Have family dinners. Segwaying from cooking together, having dinner together is another important step in building relationships with your children. Studies on families have shown that having family dinners together have a  significant impact on your child’s life. Children who often eat dinner with their families tend to make better grades and are less likely to develop rebellious habits. Families can discuss their daily happenings over dinner, sharing successes, failures, and staying constantly tied in with each other’s lives.

4. Work together. No matter the size of your family, there are always chores to do and projects to work on at home. Including your children in chore duties and house projects can help them feel a sense of accomplishment and pride while working alongside you and spending quality time together. It can also help them feel independent and responsible as they grow older because they will have the know-how to take care of themselves and their future homes.

drsuess5. Read together. Reading with your child, especially starting at a young age, is not only a wonderful way to spend time with them, but they will also learn a great deal about language, rhythms, sounds, and grammar. It’s no secret that exposing your child to a variety of literature while they are young will help them a great deal in school. Reading with your children is also an excellent opportunity to bring up topics that might not come up in normal conversations. It’s a calming and relaxing experience as well as a way to increase brain power!

Use these methods and any others you can think of to bring your family together and create lasting and loving relationships that are sure to last a lifetime!

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When is Thanksgiving in 2013?

November 28, 2013

Learn more about Thanksgiving.

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