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Crafts for Every Holiday

Decoration Day or Memorial Day: May

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer holidays, but for many, its original meaning is lost. Established in 1868 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Civil War, it is now a time to remember all those who have sacrificed their lives in wartime.

Visit the war memorials in your town, if there are any, and explore the your local military history. Watch movies about the Civil War, such as Gettysburg, or attend living-history events in your area. Check into any programs at historic sites near you.

Father's Day: June

For some reason, mothers get quite a bit of attention on their day, but fathers seem to get short shrift. Moms, make sure that doesn't happen this year. Turn the tables on dad and make him "King for a Day." Have the kids help you and do all the little things that will make him feel special. Serve him breakfast in bed. Make it his favorite breakfast, even if you and the kids need to make some preparations the night before. Give him a small gift (some handmade aftershave would be nice). Reinstitute the custom of wearing a red rose throughout the day to honor a living father, and a white rose to honor a father who's passed away.

Ask dad about something special he'd like to do on his day, or surprise him with a special event. My family has made it an annual ritual to plan an outing for Father's Day. Dad has no idea where we're going and just surrenders to our devices. In times past we've done a jeep tour and a picnic, and future plans include a river rafting trip in the Grand Canyon.



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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Crafts with Kids © 1998 by Georgene Lockwood. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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