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Sweet, Festive Fun

Holiday celebrations call for recipes of all kinds, but perhaps the most popular dishes are the desserts. Add flavor to your holiday baking with a festive treat like these Peppermint Shortbread Cookies, which call for the seasonal taste of peppermint and the versatility of dairy for a sweet bite after a holiday meal. Peppermint Shortbread Cookies Prep time: 15 minutes, …

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Shop Frederick for Cool Holiday Children’s Gifts

We discovered fun holiday children’s gifts with the help of Sarah Hyatt from Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts in Frederick. These must-have items make great gift options for children of all ages. Baby Spin Again Manufactured by Fat Brain Toys, Spin Again allows children to build their gross motor skills as they unstack and restack the colorful gears while learning …

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Stories of Caring and Sharing: 11 Books to Inspire Generosity and Giving

By the Staff of Frederick County Public Libraries Children’s Services Cultivate an attitude of generosity and service in your children with the following books. Board/Toddlers ‘Kindness Makes Us Strong’ by Sophie Beer This board book encourages the celebration of kindness within your community. Each page defines kindness in a different way with bold and inclusive images that your little one …

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Promote Generosity and Giving in Frederick County

Volunteering in Frederick County

Nonprofit organizations across Frederick County work each day to meet the needs of this community. During the holiday season and throughout the year, many organizations need volunteer support. If you’re looking for ways to encourage the spirit of volunteering within your family, discover a few of these organizations in need of assistance. Animal Welfare Frederick County Humane Society (FCHS) offers …

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Look Out for Santa’s Scout

Move over, Rudolph! There’s a new shiny-nosed reindeer in town. This winter, New Market mom Michelle Budd aims to spread Christmas cheer with her new indoor-outdoor seek-and-find holiday activity, Santa’s Scout. Before embarking on her journey to becoming an entrepreneur, Budd was a health-care industry professional. However, she always had a knack for writing and creating. Although Budd launched Santa’s …

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Encourage Your Kids to Volunteer

In a year that has seemed to drag on endlessly—thanks to the coronavirus!—the holidays have managed to sneak up on us once again. In the midst of all the decorating, shopping, wrapping presents and other holiday activities, many families may be thinking about ways to give back. While the idea is to help others, research has shown that community service …

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Thanksgiving 2020: It’s Time to Celebrate New Family Traditions

Thanksgiving is traditionally the time when we give thanks for the opportunity to slow down and spend quality time with the people we love. We crowd around the dining room table with our extended family, often adding a folding table or two at the ends to seat as many people as possible. We share the sofa with cousins and grandparents, …

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How to Make Pear Turkeys

Have your Thanksgiving plans changed this year? Like many of you, visiting my family members means traveling by airplane to reach them. I’ve been trying to create some ways to make the holidays as special as possible—even with more distance between us than we expected. One fun way I’m planning on helping us all feel more connected this fall is …

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2020 Fall and Halloween Happenings in the Frederick Area

Fall and Halloween Happenings

The final days of October are upon us. Don’t miss some of the following family-friendly activities you can enjoy with your children, including some spooktacular Halloween happenings. Back from the Dead Cemetery Walk Friday-Sunday, Oct. 23-25; Friday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join this guided tour through the dark by candlelight where saints and martyrs come to life and …

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