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December 22, 2010 | By Anita Creamer, McClatchy Newspapers
Mary Hopp has firm beliefs about her role as a gift-giver to her seven grandchildren. Money deposited into their 529 savings plans for college? Absolutely, on every birthday. Money frittered away buying them trinkets, gadgets or (heaven forbid) cars? Not on your life. Every Christmas, the grandchildren ? ranging in age from 5 to 16 ? receive books. "I don't think I should be looked at as a bank," said Hopp, 68, who lives in El Dorado Hills, Calif. Her contributions to the so-called grandparent economy are carefully considered yet generous ?
December 19, 2012 | By Jay Jones
Las Vegas may be an adult playground most of the year, but in December, kids are a priority at the Magical Forest , which is in a residential neighborhood about 15 minutes west of the Strip. There are rides and other attractions, but the best part is that the proceeds benefit Opportunity Village , a nonprofit serving people with intellectual disabilities. It's open nightly through Jan. 6. The attraction takes its name from the hundreds of decorated Christmas trees through which guests can wander.
November 22, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
The holidays burst upon us every year with a veneer of joyousness, yet that bubbling of good cheer masks a series of rather dire seasonal warnings: Don't eat too many rich, fatty foods; don't drink to excess; don't forsake your exercise routine; and, for goodness sake, get some sleep. Does it surprise anyone that even the sensible among us choose to ignore that advice? That we stuff ourselves with sweets, down too much spiked egg nog, skip every personal training appointment, stay out until all hours -- and then fall into bed without brushing our teeth?
November 28, 2013
Looking for unusual holiday gifts -- the kinds of things that don't scream "mall"? Like to support indie artists, artisans and craftspeople? Prefer to shop local? Click here .   The L.A. at Home staff launched its Handmade Holidays gift guide Nov. 2, which means we're halfway done bringing you 53 artisan-made gift picks -- one for every day till Christmas Eve. Before you dive into the maelstrom of Black Friday, take a peek at our postings to date and see if there's an indie alternative that could be one more check off your list.
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