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The ties that stress the heart

Healthy Living: With the pressure of shopping, finances, and family get-togethers, unhealthy stress can increase during the holidays. According to a new study from the University of Copenhagen, the ones closest to us, can get us right in the heart. Comment.

Got sauerkraut? Good for the gut

Good Sense Eating: Fermented foods can boost your family’s immune system. Comment.

‘Toy Story 2’ screening

Featured Event: Enjoy this sequel to the original hit at the Museum of the Moving Image on Dec. 21. Comment.

Playing favorites

Mommy 101: Ask parents who their favorite child is, and they will all tell you that they love their children all the same. Comment.

A sweet treat for little writers

The Book Worm: For kids 18 months to 4 years old, who love to help in the kitchen, “How to Bake a Book” by Ella Burfoot is a tasty tale. Comment.

Junie B and the Secret Santa dilemma

Featured Event: Learn a thing or two about Secret Santa and the oliday spirit with Junie B. on Dec. 20 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Comment.

Happy holidays … or are they?

Lions and Tigers and Teens: Your teen wants to spend time with a significant other or friends during the holidays, but you want him to stay with the family. Try offering your teen a responsibility, so he feels like an important part of the event — not like a spectator. Comment.

New book helps kids care for their pets

New & Noteworthy: Puppies can make great gifts for children, especially if parents teach kids how to help keep their pets healthy and happy. A new book by Ray Nelson conveys caregiving tips with easy-to-read text and lively illustrations. Comment.

‘The Love Note’ is packed with love for victims of bullying

Letter from College: A new musical captures just how meaningful parental support and encouragement can be in the face of bullying at school. Comments (1).

The Science Behind Santa

Featured Event: The secret is out and Dr. Kaboom shares it at the Skirball Center on Dec. 20. Comment.

Mediation vs. the truly uncompromising party

Divorce & Separation: “My way or the highway”-type people are usually poor candidates for mediation. They won’t get anywhere because they are unwilling or unable to make compromises. Comment.

Toy sparks interest in sciences and storytelling

New & Noteworthy: Build & Imagine’s new Marine Rescue Center encourages kids to build structures, invent stories, and care for endangered animals. Comment.

‘A City Singing at Christmas’

Featured Event: Enjoy a performance by the Young People’s Chorus of New York in this annual holiday tradition on Dec. 18 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Comment.

Hop aboard the Holiday Express

Featured Event: Hunt through toy trains and decorate a special railroad at the New York Historical Society’s train weekend Dec. 13 and 14. Comment.

‘Belches, Burps, and Farts — Oh My!’

Featured Event: Hear a brand-new story by Artie Bennett at Barnes & Noble book store on Dec. 14. Comment.

Double the historical fun

Featured Event: Sing along with Lloyd H. Miller and make a fun art project in Handmade History at the Brooklyn Historical Soceity on Dec. 13. Comment.

‘Big Annie’ to the rescue

Featured Event: Sing along and help Big Annie and friends save Christmas Eve. Comment.

‘Latkes and Applesauce’

Featured Event: Join in the hiliarity with the Poppy Seed Players in concert at the Merkin Concert Hall on Dec. 14. Comment.

Have fun at the museum

Featured Event: Spend a creative Sunday afternoon at the Nassau County Museum of Art. Comment.

An old-fashioned Christmas

Featured Event: Explore the King Manor Musem, learn how the King family celebrated the holidays, and then make a fun ornament to take home on Dec. 13. Comment.

‘Excerpts from the Nutcracker’

Featured Event: Ballet students perform selections from the classic holiday production at the Kumble Theater on Dec. 13 and 14. Comment.

‘El Gato Con Botas’

Featured Event: The classic fairy tale enthralls children with Bunraku puppetry at El Museo del Barrio from Dec. 6 through 14. Comment.

Season’s Greetings

Featured Event: Make pop-up holiday cards that reflect the changing seasons at Wave Hill on Dec. 6 and 7. Comment.

A ‘beary’ jolly bash

Featured Event: Get into the holiday spirit with the fun-filled “The Three Bears Holiday Bash.” Comment.

Sweet place to visit

New & Noteworthy: The new Gingerbread House Advent Calendar from HearthSong makes it easier for kids to countdown the days until Santa comes. Comment.

A Storybook Christmas

Featured Event: Enjoy a visit from St. Nick, stories, and crafts at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Comment.

Bah humbug!

Featured Event: Welcome in the season with this production of the classic Dickens’ tale “A Christmas Carol” at the College of Staten Island on Dec. 6. Comment.

RPM is in the holiday mood

Featured Event: This Christmas concert features old and new favorites at St. Charles Borroemo Church in Brooklyn Heights on Dec. 7. Comment.

Happy holidays and more

Letter from the Publisher: Thanks to all of our writers and readers for a wonderful year. Comment.

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