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   Fun Events this Weekend!

Winter Fair at Waldorf: Music, Vendors, Elve's Workshop... 12/1  11-4 111 Errett Circle, SC

Holiday Gift Fair: handmade ornaments, logo t-shirts, and gifts for the young naturalist. Or just drop in for the cookies and hot cider! 11/30-12/1  10am-5pm. Santa Cruz Natural History Museum

Star & Moon Night: Santa Cruz Astronomy Club  12/1 6pm. 
Bonny Doon Airport
Lighted Boat Parade Santa Cruz Harbor 12/1 5:30pm. 50 beautifully decorated power and sailboats parading through the harbor. 

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Jingle Shells Art & Crafts Festival Seymour Marine Discovery Center , 12/2 12-5:30pm. Music, special presentations, talented artists. 5:45 PM, official lighting of Ms. Blue, the giant whale skeleton!



Mad Scientist Experiments: Quail Hollow Ranch. 12/2 1-3pm. Call to sign up. 335-9348. website for more great classes.

Children's Holiday Gift Making with Jane Clemens 12/2 ages 5 and up... Call 227-5335
Snow Night Downtown Santa Cruz 12/6, 5-8pm  Children 12 & under can experience a "White Christmas" in this snow play area! Ticket distribution starts at 4:30. Pacific & Cooper, Downtown Santa Cruz


Go to Events Calendar for many more activities!
 If anyone in your family is enchanted with dinosaurs, do not miss this show!
Walking with Dinosaurs: 12/26-30   Ages: 3+  


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Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah 


    When my great-grand parents immigrated here from Russian, they wanted to be "American" so they began celebrating Christmas. They also continued to celebrate Hanukkah to honor the traditions of their religion and heritage. Four generations later, my children are growing up celebrating both.

    While neither my husband nor I are particularly religious, it is important to us to give meaning to both of these holidays for our children.  Ever since my first of three daughters was 18 months old, we have picked a name off a charitable organization's tree, shopped for the person, and returned the gift back. With three kids, I now give them a budget and they each shop to donate their item(s). I recently read that too often we tell our children that the meaning of Christmas is giving and not getting, but then we don't give our children enough opportunities to give.

    For Hanukkah, each year I go to one child's class to teach the kids how to play dreidel.  The latkes I bring are welcome. All the children love playing the game and keeping some chocolate gold coins at the end.

    We also want this holiday to have meaning for our children. We always re-tell the historical story about religious freedom for the Jews and the miracle of the oil lasting for eight days. Additionally, we also explain that we light the lights each year to not only celebrate the Jews religious freedom, but religious freedom for people from every religion all around the world even today.

Peace on Earth, Carrie Randolph


Start New Family Traditions   


   Read Santa Mouse by Michael Brown to your family in December!  I guarantee your children will ask for it every night and you will not tire of it!  There are life lessons in this "trilogy" involving an endearing little hero, Santa Mouse, and his nemesis Marmaduke, who ultimately undergoes a transformation after many naughty escapades.  Here's a peek.


    "Once there was a little mouse, who didn't have a name. He lived in a great big house, this mouse, the only mouse in the whole wide house. He day-dreamed he had playmates who were friendly as could be. The little girls would bring their dolls, and dress up and have tea. The boys would play at cowboys or Eskimo or Spanish. But when he tried to touch them like a bubble they would vanish.

    Now through the years this little mouse had saved one special thing. A piece of cheese- the kind that makes an angel want to sing. And so that night as he brushed his teeth and washed his tiny paws. He said my goodness no-one gives a gift to Santa Claus. So he ran to get his piece of cheese and after he had found it, Some paper from some chewing gum he quickly wrapped around it.

    And then he climbed in bed and dreamed that he was lifted high, And woke up to find that he was looking right in Santa's eye. Thank you for my gift he said now tell me what's your name, I haven't any said the mouse. You haven't that's a shame. You know I need a helper as I travel house to house. And I shall give a name to you, I'll call you Santa mouse.

    So here's your beard and here's your suit and here's each tiny shiny boot. You mustn't sneeze and you mustn't cough, Now put them on and we'll be off. Then over all the rooftops on a journey with no end, Away they went together, Santa and his tiny friend.

    And so this Christmas if you please, Beneath that tree that's in your house, Why don't you leave a piece of cheese, You know who'll thank you,



Tyrolean Inn


Holiday Dining

with Families 

9600 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond



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111 Errett Circle, SC

Win a 50 block set of

Brio Wood Blocks!

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Tell us about your

family's favorite

holiday tradition! 

Drawing is Dec. 4th.

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Books, Toys & Furniture
New & Gently Used
2555 Soquel Dr. 


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 There's a great website, "Cards that Give ."  This one supports the SPCA, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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