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Educational play toys: Give Children something useful this Christmas!

Educational play toys allow children to learn valuable lessons that will help them in the future and the popularity of this category of toy is growing considerably within the Christmas gifts market.

These days more people are realising the value of buying a child something worthwhile that could instil in them precious knowledge rather than something that only has cosmetic appeal and is inevitably a five minute wonder and waste of money. There is nothing worse than spending a fortune on a Christmas gift for a child and then seeing it cast aside just a few days later. Traditionally, toys that have an educational aspect are designed to capture children’s imagination and be used over and over again which means they are a good investment.

Learning through play is vitally important in any child’s life and making learning fun is the best way to filter important messages through. Things that could make a significant difference to a younger person’s lifestyle development, such as healthy eating for example, can be put across in a attention grabbing way so that the messages stay with them for life.

At Christmas we are met with so many thousands of choices when buying children’s gifts and it is often very difficult to find something that is unique amongst all the dolls, cars and other traditional toys and games that are available online or in the shops.

However, if you shift your search into the educational toys category you could be very surprised at what you might find. Learning games these days are not just about puzzles! There are a great deal of innovative products out there just waiting to be wrapped up and presented to the younger members on your Christmas list.

Give children a valuable gift this Christmas: the gift of learning.

by Marcia Griffiths courtesy of Article Depot

Holiday Cheers And Traditions All Over The World

The holidays herald various kinds of tradition and celebration all over the world. The difference in cultures and beliefs around the world may be the reason why the holidays bring about a variety of festivity and practices to the people. Christmas Holidays is indeed one of the most celebrated seasons in the whole world and owes much to the people that observe it year after year. Who can resist a season filled with joy, laughter and gift giving, right? Here is an example of how two different nations celebrate the Christmas season.

United States:

United States have always been known as the biggest melting pot in the world where nations and traditions blend together into one harmonious culture. Caroling is a part of the celebration and is said to be an influence of England and Germany to the country. The belief in a red-suited Santa Claus hails from Scandinavia and his using the chimney to deliver the gifts to children is believed to come from the Netherlands. Some American children even leave cookies and warm milk for the jolly Santa Claus. Hanging stockings filled with treats such as small gifts and candies and the famous Christmas tree with lavish presents under it is a must in every American household. Gift giving and holiday cards also hold a special place in every American’s heart and accounts for extravagant end-of-year sales and holiday season discounts from shopping stores and malls nationwide. Traditional feasting during Christmas Eve is the same all over the world though, but Americans love serving the traditional Turkey Dinner with mashed potatoes and meat pie to commemorate this festive holiday.


Spain has perhaps one of the most uncommon traditions during the Christmas Holidays. This practice is called “Hogueras” or bonfires and is observed to commemorate the winter solstice as the shortest day of the year and as the beginning of winter. It involves a person jumping over fires that is believed to ward off evil and protect him from illness. This tradition started long before the celebration of Christmas, however. Spain also boasts of elaborately designed nativity scenes, Christmas trees and various Christmas shops filled with heaps of fruits, flowers, candles, Christmas decorations and some hand-made Christmas gifts. During the eve of Christmas day at exactly midnight, church bells would clang and call families to partake in the “La Misa Del Gallo” or Mass of the Rooster which includes lavish choirs performing during the Mass itself. Christmas dinner also consists of the traditional Turkey and is eaten after midnight. After the traditional meal, the family members would gather round the Christmas tree and sing hymns and carols of Christendom. Surprisingly, the Three Wise Men of the Nativity distributes the Christmas gifts instead of the much-publicized Santa Claus.

All in all, different cultures present different ways of viewing and observing the Christmas season. But let us not forget that love is the central reason why we are celebrating the holiday seasons. Love for mankind is the one tradition that nations from all over the world, however different they are from each other, celebrate Christmas in the midst of their homes.
by Susan Esterbill courtesy of Article Depot

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