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December, 2010
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History Channel

History.com New Year’s Celebrations and Traditions Around the World

A collection of informative articles and videos showcasing how the world celebrates the start of the new year. Watch videos of Chinese New Year celebrations, common traditions of western celebrations including parties and fireworks, as well as read up on the history of how the new year was originally marked.




Kids and adults alike can spend hours on this site featuring dozens of activities, recipes and holiday-themed stories. Explore Santa’s Secret Village and visit different parts of the site such as the interactive Santa’s Mailroom, where from Oct. 1-Dec. 24, kids can write a letter to Santa and receive a response. Visit Santa’s Den and create personalized stories using kids’ name, hometown, and hobby.




Kids 14 and older can use this site to upload a personal image (photo of yourself) and create a dancing elf video. There is no need to enter any personal information, however, in order to email the video to friends, users must enter their own and the recipient’s email. Surprise someone with a musical elf with your (or their!) image on it.



Snowman Construction Kit

Too cold to go outside? Not enough snow to make a snowman? Create a virtual snowman instead on this interactive site! Go to the snowman creation page and use the drag and drop tools to build your personal snowman or snowwoman. Choose the shape of your snowman, his or her facial features, and add some accessories. You can even share your masterpiece with your friends through email! 


Gingerbread House

Design Your Own Gingerbread House

Winter activities usually include baking delicious treats. For those who do not bake, how about creating a virtual gingerbread house to pass the time? Design your own gingerbread house by dragging candies, icing, food, and other details onto your house. Then resize and rotate the elements to your liking. Voila! Your masterpiece is ready.


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